This year, like any other year, we celebrate Catechetical Sunday on the third Sunday of September. This year, however, is unlike any other year as we will be commissioning catechists to teach during the COVID-19 pandemic and to cope with all of the complexities that go with it. Some will be teaching in person, others will be teaching remotely, some will be doing a mix of both, and others may be assisting parents in teaching their children at home. Whichever way you end up teaching, may you and those you teach stay safe and healthy!
This year’s theme is “I Received from the Lord What I Also Handed On to You.” According to Bishop Robert Barron, Chairman of the Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis, “This theme focuses on the essential work of catechesis, which is an invitation to a whole new life given by Christ Himself. It emphasizes that living faith necessitates movement, inspiring all those who hear the Word to share it as witnesses of the true and living God.”
This year, I humbly suggest that a great resource gift for catechists on Catechetical Sunday will be my newest book, Preparing Hearts and Minds: 9 Simple Ways for Catechists to Cultivate a Living Faith. Further, here is a link to a number of other resources from Loyola Press to assist you in celebrating Catechetical Sunday.
May the Holy Spirit strengthen, guide, and inspire you to proclaim the Word of God with eagerness, enthusiasm, and creativity!