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Believe • Celebrate • Live Reconciliation Primary Ages 7 and 8 View Details | Buy Now
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We Gather in Prayer Kit Grades K–Adult Buy Now
My Reconciliation and Prayer Book Ages 7–9 View Details | Buy Now
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Creemos Identidad católica Grades K–6 View Details | Buy Now
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Una sola fe, un solo Señor Grades 7–Adult View Details | Buy Now
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Core
Creer • Celebrar • Vivir Reconciliación Primaria Ages 7 and 8 View Details | Buy Now
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Creer • Celebrar • Vivir Reconciliación y Eucaristía - Intermedio Ages 9 and 10 View Details | Buy Now
Creer • Celebrar • Vivir Confirmación-Restauración del orden sacramental Ages 7–9 View Details | Buy Now
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Mi Reconciliación y libro de oración Ages 7–9 View Details | Buy Now
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The Compass Bible for Catholic Teens Buy Now
My Big Book of Catholic Bible Stories Buy Now
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Everything About Parish Ministry I Wish I Had Known Buy Now
Becoming a Parish of Mercy Buy Now
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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
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YOUCAT: Catecismo Joven de la Iglesia Católica Buy Now
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YOUCAT: The Youth Prayer Book Buy Now
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August 20, 2020 REL Asset - Activity, REL Topic - Catechesis, REL Asset - eBook, REL Topic - Missionary Discipleship, REL Topic- Accompaniment, REL Asset - Prayer Card, REL PD - Catechist, REL PD - Leaders

Resources for Celebrating Catechetical Sunday

This year Catechetical Sunday will fall on September 20, 2020 with a new theme rooted in Scripture and focused on the formation of catechists. Enhance your celebrations with our free Catechetical Sunday Toolkit in English or Spanish.

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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. This year, Catechetical Sunday will happen on September 20. 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 to celebrate those who do the important work of handing on the faith, and an opportunity for all of us Catholics to consider ways we are witnesses for Jesus Christ ourselves.

Who are Catechists?

Each Catechetical Sunday, we celebrate catechists. All those who teach the Catholic faith and share the Church’s teachings are catechists. The word catechesis is from a Greek word meaning “to echo.” All those who teach in the Church’s name and about Jesus by the way they live are catechists. Parents and guardians are also catechists; they are the first and primary teachers of the faith for their children.

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. We also honor parents and guardians on this day, since they are the true first catechists, sharing the Catholic faith with their families.

What is This Year’s Theme?

Each year, Catechetical Sunday has a unique theme. The 2020 Catechetical Sunday theme is rooted in Scripture. It stems from Saint Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians: “I Received from the Lord what I also Handed on to You.”

This year’s theme is an invitation to focus on catechist formation. Catechists hand on the faith in their communities and the world as witnesses of Jesus Christ. Through their work, many encounter Christ and hear and respond to his invitation to new life.

“I Received from the Lord what I also Handed on to You.”

Here are some catechist formation resources to help you celebrate Catechetical Sunday 2020 and support catechists all year long.

Help ensure that catechists are well prepared and well informed for the journey ahead with a Catechist Training Workshop.

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.

Catechetical Sunday Celebrations

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. This year, depending on social distancing guidelines in place, Catechetical Sunday may look and feel different than years past. This year’s kit includes modifications if you will be celebrating virtually.

How You Can Celebrate Catechetical Sunday

As part of your community’s celebration of Catechetical Sunday, seize the wonderful opportunity to form, pray for, celebrate, thank to those who serve as catechists who hand on to their community what they have received from the Lord.

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. Suggestions are included for both physical and virtual events.

Catechetical Sunday 2020 Resources

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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.