Each year, the Catholic Church in the United States designates the third Sunday in September as “Catechetical Sunday”—a day on which to celebrate and pray for the Church’s mission to teach the Gospel to all people.
This year’s theme is “Living as Missionary Disciples.”
Catechists are responding to a call to share the gift of faith with others, even as they deepen their own faith. This call may have reached them through the director of our religious education program or through a friend who encouraged them to take on this role. But ultimately the call comes from God whose Holy Spirit inspires and guides them.
Let us take a few moments this weekend to pray in thanksgiving for all those who have responded to the call here at St. Mary to share their faith. Let us ask God to give them the grace to fulfill this roll to the best of their ability.
The following is a prayer that Catechists may use throughout this coming year.
A Catechist’s Prayer
Father of all Families, you have called me to serve the St. Mary Family in truth and
love as a Catechist. May I be faithful to this call, rooted in your word, and open to
the Gifts of the Holy Spirit. May I use these Gifts, especially the Gifts of Faith,
Hope, and Love, to serve the St. Mary Family as a witness to You, who are Love
and Life and the source and destiny of all Families.
Let your Spirit enlighten my Mind and strengthen my Heart so that I can be a path
of Christ’s love to the St. Mary Families, especially those in need, the homebound
and aged, the disabled and disheartened.
Through the intercession of Mary and Joseph, I pray for the Church, the Bride of Christ,
whose mission to build a civilization of love passes through the Family.