The word “Catechetical” is a difficult word to spell, pronounce and understand. While it may be familiar to many involved in leadership roles in the Church, the “average Catholic” has little understanding of the word. “Catechetical” and “Catechesis” refers to teaching our Catholic faith. We are talking about faith formation and religious education for children, youth and adults.
About Catechetical Sunday
Catechetical Sunday is a wonderful opportunity to reflect upon the role that each person plays, by virtue of Baptism, in handing on the faith and being a witness to the Gospel. It is an opportunity for all to rededicate themselves to this mission as a community of faith.
Catechetical Sunday 2017 – Living as Missionary Disciples
This year, the Church will celebrate Catechetical Sunday on September 17, 2017 and our theme for the year is "Living as Missionary Disciples."
Several different committees of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops have been collaborating to provide formation resources for Catholic laity across the US in response to Pope Francis’ call to all the baptized to grow closer to the Lord and to take up their proper role as “missionary disciples”. These resources include free articles, webinar presentations, short and engaging videos, a commissioning service for catechists, catechist’s and family prayers and graphics for posters, parish bulletins and other print and online uses. Go to their download page.
Prayer for Catechists
O God, our Heavenly Father, you have given us the gift of these catechists to be heralds of the Gospel to our parish family. We lift them up to you in thanksgiving and intercede for them concerning their hopes and needs.
May we be attentive to the presence of your Word in them, a Word that lifts up and affirms, calls forth and challenges, is compassionate and consoles.
We pray that our parish family will always be blessed with those who have responded to the call to share in Christ’s prophetic mission as catechists. May we too be open to the universal call to service that Christ addresses to all of his disciples, contributing our gifts to the communion of faith, the Church.
We ask this in Jesus’ name.