This Sunday, September 20, 2016, is Catechetical Sunday, with the theme of “Safeguarding the Dignity of Every Human Person.” Here is a Catechist’s Prayer from the USCCB:
Father of all families, you have called me to serve the family in truth and love as a catechist. May I be faithful to this call, rooted in your Word, and open to the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
May I use these gifts, especially the gifts of faith, hope, and love, to serve the family as a witness to you, who are love and life and the source and destiny of all families.
Let your Spirit enlighten my mind and strengthen my heart so that I can be a path of Christ’s love to families, especially those in need, the homebound and aged, the disabled and disheartened.
Through the intercession of Mary and Joseph, I pray for the Church, the Bride of Christ, whose mission to build a civilization of love passes through the family. Amen.
Here are a couple of ideas for some leisurely Catechetical Sunday listening/viewing:
- I recently was interviewed by Elizabeth Reardon on her radio show, An Engaging Faith, talking about the spirituality of the catechist and my most recent book, The Catechist’s Backpack: Spiritual Essentials for the Journey.
- My friend Joyce Donahue was recently interviewed by Jonathan Sullivan about the wonderful blog series she shared here on Catechist’s Journey about forming children for the Mass.
Finally, be sure to access this wonderful Pope Francis infographic, The Pope of Mercy, in anticipation of his U.S. visit next week! Share the excitement of this singular occasion and learn more about Pope Francis with this fun, informative poster ideal for classroom or home use.
Have a blessed weekend!