Living as Missionary Disciples: 2017 Catechetical Sunday

Cast into the Deep (Sept 17)

Living as Missionary Disciples: 2017 Catechetical Sunday

Fr. Rolly Astudillo

This year, the Church celebrates Catechetical Sunday with the theme: “Living as Missionary Disciples.” Those who the Community has designated to serve as catechists whether they are teachers in our school or in Religious Education, Confirmation, Adult RCIA, Adult Formation and Children’s catechesis together with Youth Ministry will be called forth to be commissioned for their ministry. 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. Catechetical Sunday is an opportunity for all to rededicate themselves to this mission as a community of faith.

For the Pastoral activity of the Church, the cooperation of a great many people is needed, so that communities as well as individuals may advance to full maturity in faith and continually show forth their faith through the celebration of the Liturgy or Holy Mass, study and through their manner of life.

This cooperation is provided by those who devote themselves to catechesis. “Catechesis is nothing other than the process of transmitting the Gospel, as the Christian community has received it, understands it, celebrates it, lives it and communicates it in many ways.” (General Directory for Catechesis #105).

The word catechesis comes from the Greek meaning “to echo the teaching” and this means that catechesis or the teaching of the faith is an interactive process in which the Word of God re-sounds between and among the teacher/catechist, the one receiving the message, and the Holy Spirit! Catechesis is a life-long process of initial conversion, formation, education, and on-going conversion.

Jesus empowered the Church to continue His mission when He said, “Full authority has been given to me both in heaven and on earth; go, therefore and make disciples of all the nations. Baptize them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Teach them to carry out everything I have commanded you. And know that I am with you always, until the end of time.” (Mt. 28:18-20)

This great commission has been handed to women and men, whom God has called, to proclaim the Good News. If anyone would like to be part of this Ministry of Teaching, for those interested in helping our children to receive their First Holy Communion in our Religious Education Program, be in touch with Flor Zano and/or Lona Barone; for Confirmation, see Deacon Mar; for those who want to help children who are above six years old who would like to receive their First Holy Communion, see Jackie Tanker; and for those who desire to help Adults who desire to receive the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Communion), see Jim Lank.

Today, it is time for us to discern our charisms or gifts that may make us suitable to be catechists and be a teacher/catechist in the parish. Let us also show our great gratitude to all those who have volunteered their time and knowledge to serve in the different Formation/Education Programs of our family which we call Our Lady of Lourdes Parish.