Catechetical Sunday 2020
I received from the Lord
what I also handed on to you.
This image of The Supper at Emmaus depicts the moment after the Resurrection when Jesus is finally recognized by his disciples as ʺhe took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them.” This beautiful image invites us to enter into that moment as we, too, recognize Jesus in the breaking of the bread. We remember this encounter with Christ as the substance of what we received from the Lord, and what we are called to hand on.
What does “Catechetical” mean?
Catholics have used the word ʺcatechismʺ for years with the knowledge that it has something to do with the compendium of the Churchʹs teachings. The root word, ʺcatechesis,ʺ is from a Greek word meaning ʺto echo, or resound.ʺ Catechesis is the act of resounding or bringing the Churchʹs teachings to the world.
A catechist is one who responds to the call to share our faith and tradition with others in the name of the Church, echoing the light of the gospel for all.
Why do we celebrate Catechetical Sunday?
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. It is a time for all of us to consider our mutual responsibility to share our faith with others and to rededicate ourselves to this mission as a community.
How are parents, the primary catechists of their children, recognized on Catechetical Sunday?
Parents are truly the primary catechists of their children. They prepare the soil and plant the first seeds of faith, in their home lives and with their church community, through worship and formation. On Catechetical Sunday, we highlight the work of catechists in parishes and schools, and 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. This is why the rite of blessing of catechists used on Catechetical Sunday includes a blessing of parents and guardians.
On this Catechetical Sunday, pause to reflect on how you can hand on the Good News of Jesus Christ with our parish, community, and our world; you’ll be glad you did!