Archdioces of Milwaukee Print Logo  

Catechetical Sunday

Catechetical Sunday, a national day to celebrate the ministry of passing on the faith, will be September 19, 2021

This year's theme is:

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


We are familiar with these words which we pray at Mass before receiving holy Communion.  The sentence is derived from the Gospel story in which a Roman Centurion expresses his faith that Jesus can heal his ailing servant: "Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof; only say the word and my servant will be healed" (Mt 8:8).   Jesus is amazed at this simple, sincere faith.   The role of the Catechist is, first of all, to be a person of faith, a disciple of Jesus, and then to be a witness to others, a companion on the journey of faith.  May we who aspire to be effective catechists for others, have such a sincere faith that the Lord will say to us too, "You may go; as you have believed, let it be done for you."
 


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 is 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.

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

 

 

This site is powered by the Northwoods Titan Content Management System
X
 

The Archdiocese of Milwaukee

3501 South Lake Drive
PO Box 070912
Milwaukee, WI 53207-0912

Phone:  (414) 769-3300
Toll-Free: (800) 769-9373
Fax:  (414)  769-3408