This weekend, we celebrate Catechetical Sunday. Catechetical Sunday is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the role each person plays, by virtue of Baptism, in handing on the faith and being a witness to the Gospel. Catechetical Sunday is an opportunity to re-dedicate ourselves to this mission as a community of faith.
During the Baptismal Rite, the priest says, “Parents and godparents, this light is entrusted to you to be kept burning brightly. This child of yours has been enlightened by Christ. He/she is to walk always as a child of the light. May he/she keep the flame of faith alive in his/her heart. When the Lord comes, may he/she go out to meet him with all the saints in the heavenly kingdom.” When each of us was baptized, our parents and godparents were given a candle. As the priest says during the Baptismal Rite, the goal is that the flame of Christ always stays alive in our hearts. As parents, godparents, and a faith community, we are called to walk with each other on our faith journey and help keep that flame burning. There will be times when the flame dims, but when we attend Mass each weekend, volunteer in the parish and community, and discuss our faith with others, we helping to brighten and keep the flame alive for others.
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has given this Sunday the theme “Prayer: The Faith Prayed.” St. Therese of Lisieux said, “…prayer is a surge of the heart; it is a simple look turned toward heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy.” Many individuals in our parish have stepped up this surge of the heart and have volunteered to be catechists for our youth. These individuals will work with our students over the course of the school year to help students gain a better understanding of the Sacraments we celebrate.
Together, let us pray:
Father of all, you have called from our community individuals to serve our parish family in truth and love as catechists. May they 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 as a witnesses to you, who are love and life. Let your Spirit enlighten their minds and strengthen their heart, so they can be a path of Christ’s love to individuals, especially those in need, the homebound and aged, the disabled and disheartened. Amen.
Faith Formation Commission Member