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Catechetical Sunday

Catechetical Sunday

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 “Teaching About God’s Gift of Forgiveness.”

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.

3-Minute Retreat for Catechists

Resources for Catechists and Catholic School Teachers

A Prayer for Catechists

Catechist’s Journey

What’s Up with Catechetical Sunday?

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Planning and Activities

Back to School Resources

Authors Share Their Catechetical Influences


Teaching About God’s Gift of Forgiveness

Articles and Prayers

Pope Francis on the Parable of the Merciful Father

Understanding and Praying with the Parable of the Forgiving Father

A Source of Reconciliation and Joy: The Sacrament of Penance

Pope John Paul II and His Message of Forgiveness

3-Minute Retreat: Celebrate Forgiveness



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Forgive Us Our Trespasses

Forgiveness Acrostic

Forgiveness Chain

How Would God Advertise?

Jesus Forgives Game

Lamb of God

Letter to God

My Peace Prayer Mobile