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Catechetical Sunday, September 18, 2022

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This is My Body Given for You

Dear Clergy, Pastoral Administrators, and Parish Secretaries,
          As we begin a new ministry season, it is time once again to bless and pray for the catechists in our parishes. This year you will notice that we have moved Catechetical Sunday to the third week of September to be in line with many dioceses in North America.  The Compassionate Healers Mass will be celebrated in our Diocese on the third Sunday of October.

          The theme for Catechetical Sunday is a phrase familiar to us from our Eucharistic celebration: This is My Body Given for You. Catechetical Sunday is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the role that each person plays, by the virtue of Baptism, in handing on the faith and being a witness to the Gospel. This year, the Church will celebrate Catechetical Sunday on September 18, 2022, and the theme is: "This is my body given for you" Those who the parish community has designated to serve as catechists will be called forth to be commissioned for their ministry. 

This year I would like to highlight the resources for catechists offered by Loyola Press. The first link to the left will lead you to one of the three-minute retreats that is particularly prepared for catechists. The second link will lead you to the 3-minute retreat archives. The third link will lead you to the page inviting you to sign-up to receive the 3-minute retreat daily in your inbox.

The next three links to the left offer practical support through videos and articles for catechists.  The first link offers a clip to catechists of children and youth on 'Tips to Teaching Catechesis Remotely' by Joe Paprocki. The  second link for catechists of children and youth leads to Joe's Pop-Up Catechesis videos which offer practical advice and ideas for leading catechetical sessions. The third link offers a page of resource links of tips and ideas for making your adult faith formation ministry, from RCIA to Bible Study, a success.

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