Message from Fr. Mike

CATECHETICAL SUNDAY

 

Jesus said; “And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20) In spite of all the crises around us, the proclamation of the Word of God will continue. We will continue to proclaim to this generation and future generations the message of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Every year, we celebrate Catechetical Sunday on the third Sunday of September. This year will not be an exception. We will celebrate it.

 

The third Sunday of September is this Sunday. Therefore, this Sunday is Catechetical Sunday. The theme for this year’s celebration is “I Received from the Lord what I also handed on to you.” According to the Chairman of Bishop’s Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis, Bishop Robert Barron, “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.”

 

Unlike previous years, this year’s celebration will be online in our parish. It will be at 10:00 a.m. online Mass on Sunday, September 20th.

 

This year is unlike other years. This year we will pray and bless Catechists who will be teaching remotely. There will be no in person classes.  Remote learning is not easy. Distance learning comes with its own peculiar problems. Hence, we need the help of everyone, parents, grandparents, and godparents.

 

However, Catechetical Sunday is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the role that each person plays, by virtue of Baptism, in handing on the faith and being a witness to the Gospel. I was taught how to recite or pray the Rosary by my grandmother. She was my first Catechist. Who was your first Catechist?