Each year, the Catholic Church in the United States designates the third Sunday in September as “Catechetical Sunday”– a day on which to celebrate and pray for the Church’s mission to teach the Gospel to all people.
This year’s theme is “Safeguarding the Dignity of Every Human Person.”
As a catechist, you are responding to a call to share the gift of faith with others, even as you deepen your own faith. This call may have reached you through your pastor, the director of your parish’s religious education program, or through your role as a Catholic school teacher. But know that this calling ultimately comes from God whose Holy Spirit inspires and guides you.
Take a few moments to pray in thanksgiving and ask for the grace to serve in your vocation as a catechist with a special 3-Minute Retreat for Catechists.
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Back to School Resources
Authors Share Their Catechetical Influences
Safeguarding the Dignity of Every Human Person
Every human being possesses a basic dignity which is not earned but which is derived from being created by God and redeemed by Jesus Christ. It can never be taken away and should never be attacked in any way. Because God is the source of this human dignity, the respect we show for each other is part of our reverence for God. Indeed, “whoever loves God must also love his brother” (1 John 4:21), for we cannot separate our reverence and love of God from our reverence and love of other human beings.
Articles and Prayers
Promoting Catholic Identity: A Respect for Human Life
A Few Lessons for Living
Living Lives for Others
A Lesson in Human Dignity at a Paris Bistro
Reimagining the Ignatian Examen Flip Book: Choose Life
Works of Mercy Resource Packet
Catholic Social Teaching Mobile
Mirror of God
Respect for Life—A Seamless Garment
We Are Special Awards
Writing a Respect Acrostic