Catechetical Sunday
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Catechetical Sunday

Catechetical Sunday, a national day to celebrate the ministry of passing on the faith, will be September 17, 2023

This year's theme is:

"Come to me all you who labor and are burdened" / 
"Vengan a Mí, todos los que están cansados y cargados"

With these words from the Gospel (Matthew 11:28), the Lord Jesus offers an invitation to follow Him and the promise that He doesn’t want to add to our burdens; he wants to lighten them.  This theme reminds us that the object of all catechesis is Jesus himself.   The role of the Catechist is, first of all, to be a disciple - one who draws close and rests in Jesus - and then to be a witness to others and a companion as they too come to know Jesus.  .

Commissioning of Catechists

We encourage using Catechetical Sunday to publicly commission and pray for those who will serve as catechists and teachers in the parish community.  A commissioning rite is available for use at Sunday Masses or in a special prayer service:

Catechetical Sunday also offers an opportunity to recall that all the Baptized have roles in handing on the faith in their daily life, families, work, and church involvement. Some parishes include a rededication of all parishioners to catechesis in addition to the commissioning of those called to the particular ministry of catechist.


Catechetical Sunday Resources


Eastern Catholic Churches

The Eastern Catholic Churches of America also celebrate Catechetical Sunday.  The Eastern 2021 theme was different though similar to the Latin Rite theme:  "Christ: The Physician of our Souls and Bodies."


Past Themes and Archived Resources

Catechetical Sunday is celebrated each year on the third Sunday in September.

2022 - This is my body given for you / Esto es Mi cuerpo que se entrega por ustedes

2021 - Say the Word and My Soul Shall be Healed / Una Palabra Tuya Bastará para Sanarme

2020 - I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you

2019 - Stay With Us

2018 - Enlisting Witnesses for Jesus Christ

2017 - Missionary Disciples

2016 - Prayer: the Faith Prayed / videos

2015 - Safeguarding the Dignity of Every Human Person

2014 - Teaching About God's Gift of Forgiveness

2013 - Open the Door of Faith

2012 - Catechists and Teachers as Agents of the New Evangelization

2011 - Do This in Memory of Me

2010 - Matrimony: Sacrament of Enduring Love

2009 - Catechesis and the Proclamation of the Word



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