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Catechetical Programs
We Believe Catholic Identity, Parish Edition Grades K–6 View Details | Buy Now
We Believe Catholic Identity, School Edition Grades K–6 View Details | Buy Now
We Live Our Faith Catholic Identity Edition Grades 7–8 View Details | Buy Now
Our Catholic Faith Grades 4–6 View Details | Buy Now
One Faith, One Lord Grades 7–Adult View Details | Buy Now
Discovering God Ages 3–5 View Details | Buy Now
God's Own Making Grades 4–8 View Details | Buy Now
Between You and Your Child Grades K–8 View Details | Buy Now
Sacrament Programs
Core
Believe • Celebrate • Live Reconciliation Primary Ages 7 and 8 View Details | Buy Now
Believe • Celebrate • Live Eucharist Primary Ages 7 and 8 View Details | Buy Now
Believe • Celebrate • Live Confirmation Ages 12–15 View Details | Buy Now
Believe • Celebrate • Live Confirmation Restored Order Ages 7–9 View Details | Buy Now
Believe • Celebrate • Live Reconciliation and Eucharist Intermediate Ages 9 and 10 View Details | Buy Now
We Believe and Celebrate Baptism View Details | Buy Now
Supplemental
We Gather in Prayer Kit Grades K–Adult Buy Now
My Reconciliation and Prayer Book Ages 7–9 View Details | Buy Now
My Mass Book Ages 7–9 View Details | Buy Now
We Believe and Pray Grades 4–6 View Details | Buy Now
Catechetical Bilingual
Creemos Identidad católica Grades K–6 View Details | Buy Now
Vivimos nuestra fe Grades 7–8 View Details | Buy Now
Nuestra fe catolica Grades 4–6 View Details | Buy Now
Una sola fe, un solo Señor Grades 7–Adult View Details | Buy Now
Entre usted y sus hijos Buy Now
Sacrament Bilingual
Core
Creer • Celebrar • Vivir Reconiliación Primaria Ages 7 and 8 View Details | Buy Now
Creer • Celebrar • Vivir Eucaristia Primaria Ages 7 and 8 View Details | Buy Now
Creer • Celebrar • Vivir Confirmación Ages 12–15 View Details | Buy Now
Creer • Celebrar • Vivir Reconciliación y Eucharisita Intermedio Ages 9 and 10 View Details | Buy Now
Creer • Celebrar • Vivir Confirmación-Restauración del orden sacramental Ages 7–9 View Details | Buy Now
Creemos y celebramos Bautismo View Details | Buy Now
Supplemental
Mi Reconciliación y libro de oración Ages 7–9 View Details | Buy Now
Mi libro de la Misa Ages 7–9 View Details | Buy Now
Lifelong Learning
Bibles
The Compass Bible for Catholic Teens Buy Now
My Big Book of Catholic Bible Stories Buy Now
La Biblia católica para jóvenes Buy Now
Adult Resources
Everything About Parish Ministry I Wish I Had Known Buy Now
Catechism
YOUCAT Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church Buy Now
Catechism of the Catholic Church Buy Now
United States Catholic Catechism for Adults Buy Now
General Directory of Catechesis Buy Now
National Directory of Catechesis Buy Now
YOUCAT: Catecismo Joven de la Iglesia Católica Buy Now
Catecismo Católica de los Estados Unidos para adultos Buy Now
Prayer Books
YOUCAT: The Youth Prayer Book Buy Now
Parent's Guide to Prayer Buy Now
Prayerbook for Catechists Buy Now
Sagrada Biblia: Dios Habla Hoy Buy Now

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Resources for Celebrating Catechetical Sunday

This year Catechetical Sunday will fall on September 15, 2019. Enhance your celebrations with an exclusive Catechetical Sunday Toolkit in English or Spanish.

This year Catechetical Sunday will fall on September 15, 2019. Enhance your celebrations with an exclusive Catechetical Sunday Toolkit in English or Spanish.

What is Catechetical Sunday?

As part of a 1935 initiative to recognize and celebrate the gift that catechists give to their parish communities by volunteering their time for the education of children, the Church began what we know today as Catechetical Sunday. Catechetical Sunday always takes place the third Sunday in September.

Who Do We Celebrate on Catechetical Sunday?

All those who teach the Catholic faith and share the Church’s teachings are catechists. Individuals who teach others about Jesus by the way they live are catechizing, too. On Catechetical Sunday, we come together as both a parish and Church community to acknowledge the dedication of those who serve as catechists in our parish family. On Catechetical Sunday, parents and guardians are also honored because they are the true first catechists, sharing the Catholic faith with their families. Catechetical Sunday is an opportunity for all Catholics to rededicate themselves to the mission of handing on the faith and being a witness to the Gospel as a community of faith. The day provides an opportunity for us to consider ways we are witnesses for Jesus Christ ourselves.

What Is This Year’s Theme?

Each year, Catechetical Sunday has a theme. During 2018, Catechetical Sunday explored the theme “Enlisting Witnesses for Jesus Christ.” Since a growing percentage of the adult population of the United States self identifies as “nones,” a term used for people with no religious affiliation, last year’s theme both researched this trend and provide as examples the work of missionary disciples who are already engaged as witnesses for Jesus Christ.

The 2018 theme leads into the theme chosen for 2019, “Stay With Us.” New data suggests that a growing number of young people are leaving the Church before their teenage years. This year’s theme focuses on accompanying these young people and their families and forming them in the faith. In this year’s welcome message, Bishop Robert Barron, the Chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis, continues to use the terms ‘accompanying’, ‘evangelizing’ and ‘catechizing’ and activating the faithful as missionary disciples who are witnesses for Jesus Christ.

The theme chosen for 2019 is, “Stay With Us.” New data suggests that a growing number of young people are leaving the Church before their teenage years.

Help catechists and teachers become evangelizing difference-makers in their ministry. The Be an Evangelizing Catechist Webinar includes 20 practical suggestions to be proclaimers of the Good News of Jesus.

Better understand the relationship between catechesis and the art of accompaniment. The Catechesis and the Art of Accompaniment Webinar shows how we are to evangelize.

How Is Catechetical Sunday Celebrated? 

Catechetical Sunday is an opportunity to thank catechists for the work that they do. It is also an opportunity for catechists to reflect on their call to share and live out their faith. On Catechetical Sunday, catechists are called forth to be commissioned for their ministry. This Commissioning Service usually takes place at the Eucharistic liturgy on Catechetical Sunday. During the service, the catechists are introduced, and a special blessing of the catechists is prayed. Sometimes, the rite of blessing of catechists used on Catechetical Sunday includes a blessing of parents and guardians, too. After the blessing, catechists may be presented with a Bible, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, or a special certificate. The homily also provides a context for the celebration based on sacred text. 

How Will You Celebrate Catechetical Sunday?

As part of your community’s celebration of Catechetical Sunday, seize the wonderful opportunity to prepare, pray, celebrate, and say “thank you” to those who serve as catechists and witnesses for Jesus Christ in your community! Share information about Catechetical Sunday, including its purpose and theme, with all the members of your community. In addition to the Commissioning Service, plan special events and initiatives for the parents and catechists who teach in the name of the Church.

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Catechetical Sunday Kit Download Now

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Download an exclusive Kit to bring these, and other, efforts to life for your Catechetical Sunday celebrations. In the Kit, you will find:

  • An informative Catechetical Sunday Faith Fact, which can be shared with the families or adults in your religious education program. It contains suggestions for celebrating Catechetical Sunday in the school, parish, and home.
  • A Prayer for My Catechist Activity, which invites children to compose and decorate prayers for their catechists and parents.
  • 5 Fun Ways to Celebrate Catechetical Sunday eBook, which includes great ideas to help you celebrate Catechetical Sunday as a parish community and express gratitude to your catechists.
  • Prayer for a Catechist’s Soul Prayer Card, which can be shared with and prayed for catechists on Catechetical Sunday and always.