‘Family’ is the focus of 2022 Catechetical Sunday

During the meeting, the respective arch/dioceses shared the programmes they had initiated, the challenges they had faced, the responses they had made, and their experience with online classes.

Jul 17, 2021

Members of the Malaysian Catechetical Commission meet for their annual meeting via Zoom


By Stephanie Ng
Next year, Catechetical Sunday will be celebrated on January 30, with the theme Family Life: A Path to Holiness (1 Cor 12:12).

This was decided by the Malaysian Catechetical Commission (MCC) during its annual meeting, held via an online platform between July 5 and 7, 2021.

The theme arose from the Strategic Focus for Catechesis for 2022 – “Family”, and highlights the importance of family love, family prayer, unity, and accepting and embracing one another. The theme further highlights our growth in holiness as the domestic church. The official message for Catechetical Sunday and other materials will be prepared and sent to all arch/dioceses later.

Archbishop Julian Leow, Episcopal President of the Malaysian Catechetical Commission, in his keynote address, acknowledged the current challenges we are facing in our arch/dioceses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He noted that this pandemic has affected families in varying ways, especially our children and their mental wellbeing. Archbishop Leow highlighted that this pandemic has directly affected our Catechetical Ministry and said that he is very much aware of the great challenges experienced by some arch/dioceses, such as the lack of Internet access. These difficult times call for new and creative ways for overcoming these challenges.

During the meeting, the respective arch/dioceses shared the programmes they had initiated, the challenges they had faced, the responses they had made, and their experience with online classes. It was apparent that each arch/diocese experienced unique circumstances and challenges, which called for equally unique approaches to overcome them successfully. It was highlighted that keeping in touch with our learners by any means necessary was crucial to the consistency of the Catechetical Ministry – be it through video conferencing, WhatsApp, or other social media mediums.

The next MCC meeting will be held in Sandakan, Sabah from July 4 to 7, 2022.

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