Catechetical Sunday will be celebrated in parishes throughout the United States on September 19. The occasion provides an opportunity to recognize, commission, and bless men and women who are responding to the call to share their gifts and to promote knowledge of Catholic teaching in Catechetical Ministry. It is also a time to recognize the important role each person plays, by virtue of Baptism, in passing on the faith.
This year’s theme, “Matrimony: Sacrament of Enduring Love,” flows from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ recent Pastoral Letter “Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan.” Resource material for catechetical leaders and families is available at the Conference web site.
The material includes a theological reflection on the theme, a catechetical reflection on Pope John Paul II’s “Theology of the Body,” and five articles on marriage and family life. The five are: The Christian Family and the Evangelization of Children; The Church’s Healing Ministry for Those Touched by the Trauma of Separation and Divorce; Pornography’s Effects on Marriage and the Hope of Recovering and Healing; Married Couples and the Challenge of Extended Tours, Financial Pressures and Reentry into Family after Military Service; and Advent Christmas and Lent Easter Reflections.
In a letter to be given to the faithful at Masses on September 12 (PDF), Bishop Michael F. Burbidge writes, “I am deeply grateful for the many married couples in our diocese who proclaim in their daily lives the goodness and truth of Sacramental marriage, a visible sign of the love Our Lord Jesus Christ has for His Church and people.” Bishop Burbidge also extends his deep appreciation to the hundreds of Catholic individuals who give of their time and talent as Catechetical Ministers in their parishes.
Bishop Burbidge will celebrate Catechetical Sunday Mass at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Hope Mills at 11:30 AM.
- Read Bishop Burbidge's Catechetical Sunday letter: English (PDF) | Spanish (PDF)
About the Image: This image of the Wedding Feast at Cana, written by contemporary artist and iconographer Vladimir Grygorenko, depicts the major elements of the familiar story from the Gospel of John (2:1-11). At right, the head waiter tells the groom, seated beside the bride, that the good wine has been kept until last. The second man on the right represents the wedding guests, who do not understand the meaning of what has transpired. In the foreground, the server pours the water at Christ’s command, and at left, Mary converses with Christ. This conversation shows forth Christ’s desire to help the married couple at Mary’s request, and it is central to the meaning of the piece.