Catechetical Sunday

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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 “Living as Missionary Disciples.”

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.


Resources for Catechists and Catholic School Teachers

A Prayer for Catechists

Catechist’s Journey

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Planning and Activities

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Authors Share Their Catechetical Influences


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Articles and Prayers

The Way of Discipleship by James P. Campbell, D.Min.

Discipleship Invites Us to Experience Intimacy with God by Joe Paprocki, D.Min.

Included in Discipleship: Strategies for Working with Children Who Are Developmentally Challenged

An Enabled Discipleship: Strategies for Working with Children with Motor Impairments or Orthopedic Disabilities

Discipleship Training: Strategies for Working with Children with Behavior Disorders

A Brief Look at St. Paul’s Life and Teachings

Paul’s Journeys

3-Minute Retreat: Sharing the Faith

3 minutos de retiro: Compartiendo la fe

Being a Disciple Takes Practice by Denise Gorss

Catechists as Missionary Disciples by Darcy Osby

Discipleship Pledge Cards by Joe Paprocki

Make No Mistake: Disciples Make Disciples! by Joe Paprocki

Missionary Initiation, or Evangelizing our Faith by Bill Smith

Possibly the Most Important Paragraph in a Church Document: RCIA #75 by Joe Paprocki

The Power of Prayer: Three Ways to Model Discipleship by Julianne Stanz

Seven Principles of an Evangelizing Community by Julianne Stanz

Show and Tell: Sharing Your Story of Faith by Julianne Stanz

The Spiritual Life of Catechists: Missionary Zeal by Joyce Donahue


Related Books



The Joy of Discipleship by Pope Francis

Developing Disciples of Christ by Julianne Stanz

Being Disciples of Jesus by Stephen Binz

A Church on the Move by Joe Paprocki
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