Catechetical Sunday 2017
This year, the Church will celebrate Catechetical Sunday on September 17, 2017. The 2017 theme will be "Living as Missionary Disciples." Those who the Community has designated to serve as catechists will be called forth to be commissioned for their ministry. Catechetical Sunday is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the role that each person plays, by virtue of Baptism, in handing on the faith and being a witness to the Gospel. Catechetical Sunday is an opportunity for all to rededicate themselves to this mission as a community of faith.
The Archbishop's Welcome Message
My term as chairman of the USCCB Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis comes to an end this year, so this is my final opportunity to welcome you to the resources that have been created for Catechetical Sunday. Each year the Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis invites experts and skilled practitioners to write or speak about important topics in evangelization and catechesis. I hope that in past years you have found these resources encouraging, challenging, formational and evangelizing.
This year we are collaborating with several other USCCB Committees to provide formation resources to Catholic laity across the U.S. in response to Pope Francis’ call to all the baptized to grow closer to the Lord and to take up their proper role as “missionary disciples.” Our theme for 2017 is Living as Missionary Disciples / | Viviendo como discípulos misioneros. On these web pages you will find 9 different topics presented in both English and Spanish, in the form of articles and webinar presentations, as well as short and engaging videos.
For several years now, these materials have been made available digitally and free of charge in Spanish and English, to insure maximum access for a growing number of users. By popular demand, we also continue to provide posters, prayer cards, and catechist certificates for sale to those who prefer to have them professionally printed. For the past two years, we have moved up the release date so that diocesan and parish catechetical leaders can have access to the year’s theme and artwork well before catechists and teachers break for the summer.
I invite everyone to make use of the materials that are offered for 2017--evangelists, catechists and teachers, parents and families, parish leadership and faith growth groups, and anyone striving to live as a missionary disciple. Our website also includes archived materials from past years. On the right side of this page, you will find links to Catechetical Sunday materials from recent years. On behalf of the Bishops Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis, I thank you for your interest, and I pray that through the sacraments, personal prayer, deeper knowledge of the Faith, and our witness to the Gospel, we may grow in love for the Lord and further the evangelizing mission of his Church. God bless you.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Archbishop Leonard P. Blair,
Chairman of Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis.