WASHINGTON (July 1, 2002) -- Living for the Lord is the theme for this year's Catechetical Sunday, September 15, 2002.
Catechetical Sunday is a day set aside to affirm and support the work of catechists, the women, men and young people who teach the faith in parishes and Catholic schools throughout the year.
A resource kit designed to assist parishes prepare for the celebration of Catechetical Sunday has been prepared by the Department of Education, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), and is available from USCCB Publishing.
In an introductory letter, the Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Education, Bishop Donald W. Wuerl of Pittsburgh, noted it is through the words and deeds of catechists that others are introduced to Jesus and learn to love him.
"The tireless testimony of those dedicated to the ministry of catechesis continues to be a great gift to the Church," Bishop Wuerl said.
"We celebrate Catechetical Sunday during the same week in which our nation marks the first anniversary of the tragedies associated with the terrorist attacks in New York, Washington, D.C., and Somerset County, Pennsylvania," the Bishop continued. "In doing so we attest to our greatest and most powerful strength, our living and active faith in the ongoing presence of God in our lives. May the Spirit of Christ surround us with peace as we work together to live out our commitment to catechetical ministry."
The Catechetical Sunday 2002 kit includes articles by religious educators who work with both adults and children. It also contains prayer services, retreat ideas, clip art, sample parish bulletin announcements, a two-sided (English/Spanish) poster, prayer cards, and sample Certificates of Commissioning. The resource kit is available from USCCB Publishing for $12.95 each. Call 1-800-235-8722 to order.