Catechetical Sunday is on September 18, 2022, under the theme of “This is my body given for you”. On this day, catechists are formally commissioned for ministry to the community.
The Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life. The term “Eucharist” originates from the Greek word eucharistia, meaning thanksgiving. In the celebration of the Eucharist, bread, and wine become the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit and the instrumentality of the priest. The whole Christ is truly present — body, blood, soul, and divinity — under the appearances of bread and wine, the glorified Christ who rose from the dead. This is what the Church means when she speaks of the “Real Presence” of Christ in the Eucharist.
Catechetical Sunday is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the role that each baptized person plays in handing on the faith and being a witness to the Gospel. Catechetical Sunday is an opportunity for all to rededicate themselves to this mission as a community of faith.
Why do we celebrate Catechetical Sunday?
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A PRAYER FOR CATECHISTS
Loving Father, we pray today for our catechists.
We thank you for their gift of ministry in your Church.
Grant them your wisdom that they may grow in the
understanding and teaching of your Word.
Grant them also your love that they may be fruitful heralds
of your Word and lead others to love you.
Pour forth your Holy Spirit upon them to grant them
wisdom about what is important; knowledge of the truths of
faith; understanding of their meaning; right judgement
about how to apply them in life; courage to persevere even
in the face of adversity; reverence before all that is sacred
and holy; and that loving zeal which leads others to a
transforming encounter with your Son.
We pray this through Christ, our Lord.
Ministry of Catechist (Teacher)
Have you felt you were being called to share your faith with our young people?
Have you wondered who a Catechist is and what a Catechist does?
Please contact Frances Stadler, Director of Faith Formation and Family Life, with any questions you may have—no strings attached.
Top Reasons to Become a Catechist
You will grow in your own faith, learn the teachings of the Church, and deepen your relationship with Jesus
Your baptism calls you to share in Jesus’ ministry
Children, teens, and adults in today’s world, more than ever, need to hear the Good News of Jesus
Children, teens, and adults in today’s world, more than ever, need to encounter good role models of faith
You have much to share with those you’ll teach and you’ll have opportunities to share faith with other catechists
Today’s catechetical textbooks/resources offer outstanding support
You’ll be challenged, you’ll have fun, and you’ll make new friends
You’ll be helping people deepen their relationship with Jesus (you’ll be evangelizing!)
You’ll be handing on a 2000-year-old Tradition that changes lives
It’s our job: Jesus sent us to “go and teach all nations”