Catechetical Sunday, a national day to celebrate the ministry of passing on the faith, will be September 15, 2019. The theme is: “Stay with Us.”
"We are living in a secularized society which continues to squeeze Christianity to the margins, or completely out of engagement with Jesus Christ and the Church. . . .At the same time, we are blessed with an incredibly generous cohort of faithful who are sacramentally graced to give Gospel witness in their homes, schools and workplace, if only they were invited, trained and supported in their outreach as missionary disciples." Read more at USCCB.
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 Materials
Past Themes and Archived Resources
Catechetical Sunday is celebrated each year on the third Sunday in September.
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