This year, the Church celebrates Catechetical Sunday on September 20, 2020. This year’s theme is Saint Paul’s statement: “I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you” (1 Corinthians 11:23). Catechetical Sunday is a special day to celebrate, acknowledge, and commission those serving our parishes in catechetical ministry. It’s also a great opportunity for all Catholics to rededicate ourselves to the mission of passing on the faith and being a witness to the Gospel as a community of faith.
In his article “Liturgical Catechesis: Liturgy and the New Evangelization,” Timothy P. O’Malley, Ph.D. uses the term gospelization of the world as the desired outcome of evangelization and catechesis. He writes: “The Church evangelizes the world through Christ. This global sense of evangelization has as its end the ‘gospelization’ of the whole world. . . . [C]atechesis must also ‘gospelize’ the world. Liturgical catechesis gospelizes the world through the creation of a culture oriented toward worship” (emphasis added). Dr. O’Malley has summed up well the goal of the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies—to “gospelize the whole world” through our unique model of liturgical catechesis. Thanks for partnering with us in this important effort!
We suggest that catechists, teachers, and parents begin every Gospel Weeklies class session by inviting a child to find and point to the current Sunday on a calendar of the Church Year. The new Church Year begins on November 29, the First Sunday of Advent. A Church Year calendar for the coming year is included in this Catechetical Pack. This helpful collection also includes a Handbook & Planning Guide. The Church Year calendar (English on one side and Spanish on the other side, 16″ x 22″) is the perfect size for displaying in a classroom or home.
Find Catechetical Sunday resources offered by the USCCB here.
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