This Sunday, September 16th, is Catechetical Sunday. On this day, we acknowledge the importance of the Church’s teaching ministry, and honor those who serve the Christian community as Catechists.
You may have heard of the word ‘catechism,’ which can mean something like a summary of our Faith. But the word ‘catechism’ comes from the root word ‘catechesis,’ a Greek word meaning to echo or resound. So Catechists teach the Faith at the level of their audience; they adapt, but do not change, the Church’s
teaching to the capacity of those who are receiving it. Catechists talk about the most important questions in life, and then they explain the answers that God has given us in the Bible, and above all through His Son, Jesus’ teachings which have been faithfully handed on within His Church. A Catechist doesn’t teach his or her own philosophy of life; the Catechist explains what God has revealed to us.
This weekend our Catechists will be called forth to be commissioned for their ministry. Catechetical Sunday is a time to reflect on the role that each person fulfills, by virtue of Baptism, in handing on the Faith, and being a witness to the Gospel. It is also a day for each one of us to rededicate ourselves to this mission which Jesus entrusts to all of His disciples: to spread and pass on the Faith.
Next weekend is our Annual Seminary Education Fund Second Collection. In the past, we have had Seminarians give witness talks, but this year because of restructuring where Seminarians volunteer at parishes, we were unable to receive a speaker. The Seminarian Education Fund provides support for the training and education of men studying for priesthood in the Archdiocese of Chicago. The fund helps to cover the cost to educate each Archdiocesan Seminarian as they proceed through the various stages of formation before ordination as a priest for Chicago. Please consider supporting men who want to serve the Lord Jesus as priests here in the Archdiocese of Chicago.
Regarding the ongoing abuse crisis, this past Wednesday, Cardinal Cupich met with Chicago priests for discussion and to answer any questions. As I write this column, the meeting hasn’t taken place as yet. Also as I write this, the Vatican has announced that a statement/response is being prepared to address Archbishop Viganò’s accusation. I will keep you updated. Again, please go to: lifesitenews.com, or ncregister.com for updates.
I also want to remind you about the upcoming Light of the World Retreat. Please consider attending. Also, please continue to pray for a Supreme Court Justice who truly has a well-formed conscience. And let us pray that the Lord heals victims of abuse, and purifies His Church once and for all during this painful time.