Tonight I have the privilege of attending the Catechetical Ministries Awards Banquet sponsored by the Archdiocese of Chicago Office for Catechesis and Youth Ministry. The banquet is a wonderful way for parishes to show their appreciation to catechists, especially those who have served with longevity. In addition to several archdiocesan-wide awards, each parish is invited to recognize catechists (who meet archdiocesan criteria) as a Parish Recipient of the award.
Usually, Cardinal George is present although with his health problems, I’m not sure he will be able to be present tonight. His presence and the presence of the auxiliary bishops is a strong statement to the catechists that their vocation is supported and appreciated.
I look forward to applauding all of the awardees this evening and I congratulate and thank them and their catechetical leaders for their dedication to proclaiming God’s Word!