This weekend, the Church celebrates Catechetical Sunday and the theme this year is: “Living as Missionary Disciples.” Catechetical Sunday, is celebrated annually on the third Sunday of September in parishes across the United States. Catechetical Sunday is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the role that each person plays, by virtue of Baptism, 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 and to celebrate the men and women who serve as catechists in our parish. What a joy it is to be together again after the summer months as we gather to pray and plan for the upcoming 2017-2018 catechetical year. I am inspired by their dedication and enthusiasm to serve in ministry to ensure that each child live a life in Christ.

Their mission is to impart the Good News of Jesus Christ, to offer opportunities for a real relationship with a most merciful and loving God, and to boldly take action in mission to be Christ for others.

Each catechist has a profound dignity because of their distinct and special ministry in the Church. As the Catechism of the Catholic Church makes clear, “Catechesis is intimately bound up with the whole of the Church’s life . . . her inner growth and correspondence with God’s plan depend essentially on catechesis.” Therefore, it is only fitting that we set aside a day to highlight this ministry and invite the entire Church community to think about our responsibility to share our faith with others. Parents are the primary catechists of their children and that is why we not only highlight the work of our parish catechists but we also commend parents and guardians to take seriously their role of making their Catholic homes a place where the faith is passed on and put into action.

Let’s make this Sunday a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the role that each of us has by virtue of Baptism, to handing on the faith, and being a witness to the Gospel. This year, let us ask the Lord to make our daily prayer shine the light of the Gospel on everything we do, so that all our thoughts, words, and actions may be directed to glorify God, love for our neighbor and in service for the poor among us.