Celebrating Faith Formation: Catechetical Sunday

Catechetical Sunday

In our secular calendar, we celebrate holidays such as Memorial Day, Labor Day, Dr. Martin Luther King Day, and Independence Day as ways of reminding us of people or events that represent the best of our core values: service, selflessness, human rights, freedom, etc. Similarly, in our liturgical calendar, we celebrate special days to remind us of people or events that represent our core spiritual values. On Catechetical Sunday, we call forth and commission those dedicated to the catechetical ministry to remind ourselves of the importance of growing in our relationship with the Lord through faith formation.

This year, the Church will celebrate Catechetical Sunday on September 18, 2022, and the theme is consistent with the Eucharistic Revival: “This is my body given for you.” In many parishes, catechists will be commissioned for their ministry. As always, the USCCB has a number of resources available for parishes to celebrate Catechetical Sunday.

We at Loyola Press and Catechist’s Journey always hope that you see us as the “catechist’s best friend,” and we strive to do all we can to partner with you in this most “splendid ministry” (Pope Francis’s term). With that in mind, we offer a number of resources to assist you in celebrating Catechetical Sunday, the ministry of catechists, and the Eucharistic Revival.

May this Catechetical Sunday be an opportunity for all of us to re-commit ourselves and to encourage others to deepen our relationship with the Lord through vibrant, engaging, and robust faith formation!

Celebrate Catechetical Sunday with a gift book from the Toolbox series. - image of Preparing Hearts and Minds book

About Joe Paprocki 2742 Articles
Joe Paprocki, DMin, is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press, where, in addition to his traveling/speaking responsibilities, he works on the development team for faith formation curriculum resources including Finding God: Our Response to God’s Gifts and God’s Gift: Reconciliation and Eucharist. Joe has more than 35 years of experience in ministry and has presented keynotes, presentations, and workshops in more than 100 dioceses in North America. Joe is a frequent presenter at national conferences including the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, the Mid-Atlantic Congress, and the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership. He is the author of numerous books, including the best seller The Catechist’s Toolbox, A Church on the Move, Under the Influence of Jesus, and Called to Be Catholic—a bilingual, foundational supplemental program that helps young people know their faith and grow in their relationship with God. Joe is also the series editor for the Effective Catechetical Leader and blogs about his experiences in faith formation at www.catechistsjourney.com.

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