Catechetical Sunday – September 18th
This year, the Church will celebrate Catechetical Sunday on September 18th, 2016 and will focus on the theme “Prayer: The Faith Prayed”. Those who the community has designated to serve as catechists will be called forth to be commissioned for their ministry. 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. Catechetical Sunday is an opportunity for all to rededicate ourselves to this mission as a community of faith.
This year’s theme invites all the baptized – especially catechists and Catholic school teachers – to devote themselves to a deeper study and practice of prayer, for their own spiritual good and for the good of those they serve. At Holy Spirit the catechetical program is more than just religious education – it is a life-long journey of conversion. Our goal is to bring our children to Christ, to prepare them for the sacramental life of the Church, and to help them understand the social justice implications of discipleship as we integrate prayer into their lives.
Formal education is just one of the ways that we learn about our faith. Another way is to attend and participate in the weekly celebration of Mass. To make everyone more familiar with the texts of the bible, the Second Vatican Council made a change in the Sunday readings at Mass. Instead of having selections from each of the Gospel writers on Sunday, they created a three-year cycle of readings. The first year is cycle A and focuses on the Gospel of Matthew. The second year is cycle B and focuses on Mark and the third year is cycle C and focuses on Luke. The Gospel of John is interspersed within the Sundays of each cycle.
In each of these 3 year cycles, we hear the entire story of the Gospel from the perspective of each of the authors. The Vatican II document Constitution on Sacred Liturgy says “Within the cycle of a year, the Church unfolds the whole mystery of Christ, from his incarnation and birth until his ascension and the expectation of blessed hope and of the Lord’s return”. Together with catechetical education, the liturgy provides all of us an opportunity to experience and learn about the mystery of Christ and to fully express our faith.
To all those people that devote themselves to being catechists, our parish thanks you for assisting parents hand down our faith to our children.