Catechesis is intimately bound up with the whole of the Church’s life . . .
Last weekend, the Church celebrated Catechetical Sunday, a Sunday which is celebrated annually on the second or third Sunday of September in parishes across the United States. This celebration invites all the baptized – especially catechists and Catholic school teachers – to devote themselves to a deeper study and practice of prayer for their own spiritual good and for the good of those they serve. The past two weekends our catechists gathered to pray and plan for the coming 2019 – 2020 catechetical year.
What a joy it is to be together again after the summer months. I am inspired by their dedication and enthusiasm to serve those in need and to ensure a life lived in Christ for each child in our program. 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 act 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” (no. 7). 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 truly 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.
Today, as we gather together with our families and parish family at Mass, let’s reflect on the role that each of us has by virtue of our Baptism in Christ, in handing on the faith, and being a witness to the Gospel. This year join me in asking 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 can be informed and measured by love of God and love of our neighbor. AMEN!