Editor’s Note

This Sunday we celebrate Catechetical Sunday – where traditionally, catechists are formally commissioned and rededicate themselves to this mission in their parish community.

Jan 28, 2022


By Patricia Pereira
This Sunday we celebrate Catechetical Sunday – where traditionally, catechists are formally commissioned and rededicate themselves to this mission in their parish community. The parish community is the primary place where catechesis takes place, but it’s certainly not the only place. Forming the faith is everyone’s responsibility, and faith in the home is a critical element of a person’s faith understanding. While catechists are called to share the Gospel, we, too, can go out and echo the story to all who will listen.

St John Paul II says aptly, “Catholic education is above all a question of communicating Christ, of helping to form Christ in the lives of others”. We are given a daily opportunity to plant seeds of faith by bearing witness to Christ and the beauty of the Gospel, no matter how challenging the situation may be.

On Catechetical Sunday, we not only highlight the work of catechists in parishes and schools, but we also commend parents and guardians and encourage them to take seriously their role of making their Catholic households a place where faith is passed on to the next generation.

Parents are truly the primary catechists of their children. They prepare the soil and plant the first seeds of faith. Many parents have acknowledged that the pandemic had inadvertently provided a way for them to journey in the faith with their children by learning together. It is indeed a boon for the catechists when parents are able to participate fully in the faith formation of their children.

To “pass on the faith” and to live it deeply as truth through what we say and do, and how we live and witness the Lord Jesus Christ at work in the world, invites a renewed catechetical outreach that will bring light into darkness, hope into desperation, charity into the experience of alienation and isolation, and clarity of purpose into a world confused by things contrary to the Gospel.

That is the mission of the Catholic Church today and the vocation of her catechists who carry the truth of our faith in their hearts and in their hands as they “pass it on.” Pope Francis said it so well: “Catechists are people who keep the memory of God alive; they keep it alive in themselves and they are able to revive it in others.” (Homily Mass for Catechists, Rome, September 29, 2013)

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