Dear Sacred Heart Family,
Each year, the Catholic Church in the United States designates the 3rd Sunday in the month of September as “Catechetical Sunday”. Catechetical Sunday is a day on which we celebrate and pray for the Church’s mission to teach the Gospel to all people. This year, the Church will celebrate Catechetical Sunday on September 19, 2021 under the theme of “Say the Word and My Soul Shall Be Healed.” On this day, catechists are formally commissioned for ministry to the community.
Catechetical Sunday is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the role that each baptized person plays in handing on the faith and being a witness to the Gospel. Catechetical Sunday is an excellent opportunity for each of us to rededicate ourselves to the commission that we share by virtue of our baptisms – to go out and evangelize and teach the whole world – to pass on faithfully all that Jesus taught – today is an excellent opportunity for each of us to think about our responsibility to share our faith with others. Catechists who teach our children and teens assist the parents in our faith community. Parents are truly the primary catechists of their children. They prepare the soil and plant the first seeds of faith. 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.
On Sunday, at the 9:30 am Mass, we will commission our School and Religious Education teachers for the ministry of sharing the Good News to our children.
In Christ & Mary Immaculate,
Fr. James Kaniparampil CMI