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 “Enlisting Witnesses for Jesus Christ.”

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.

Retiro de 3 minutos para catequistas

Resources for Catechists and Catholic School Teachers

20 Tips for Catechists E-mail Series

A Prayer for Catechists

Catechist’s Journey

Join the Catholic Faith Formation community on Facebook.

Planning and Activities

Back to School Resources

Authors Share Their Catechetical Influences

Subscribe to the Catholic Faith Formation e-newsletter for monthly planning ideas and catechist development articles.

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

Enlisting Witnesses for Jesus Christ articles at Catechist’s Journey

These articles by Joe Paprocki, Julianne Stanz, and other catechists and catechetical leaders explore themes of discipleship and evangelization. 

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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