Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Bulletin Date: 
Sunday, September 17, 2017

Catechetical Sunday

What does a catechist do? The word “catechist” means to “echo” or “resound” the very teachings of Jesus. Catechist is therefore one who has chosen to relate what our Catholic Church teaches so that our children, parishioners, catechumens and candidates understand dogmas and doctrines, how and why we celebrate, how we live and how we pray, and most importantly, will come to know who Jesus is.

The National Directory for Catechesis enumerates the tasks all catechists must practice. They are highlighted as follows: to promote the knowledge of faith, promote a knowledge of the meaning of the liturgy and the sacraments, promote moral formation in Jesus Christ, teach the Christian how to pray with Christ, prepare the Christian to live in community and to participate actively in the life and mission of the Church, and to promote a missionary spirit that prepares the faithful to be present as Christians in society. Catechists fulfill this mission while pursuing their own ongoing education in the Truth as taught in our Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition, through their own lives of prayer, through their dedication of the Eucharist.

But while the work of catechesis falls on the hands of the priest and catechists, we must understand however that all of us, baptized Catholics, are catechists. We are all called to echo and to resound Jesus and His teachings. Since the apostolic work of the catechist is born out of the sacrament of baptism and strengthened by the sacrament of confirmation and Eucharist, it is then incumbent upon each and everyone that we share the work of catechesis. As parents, guardians, and people who belong to a Christian community, it is our responsibility to sow the seeds of Christian and gospel values, the knowledge and faith in Jesus in our homes or in the context of our own life. It is an endeavor geared towards the formation of faith and Christian and moral values that we share with the priest and catechists.

God Bless! Fr. Elmer