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The ministry of the Word is a fundamental element of evangelization through all its stages, because it involves the proclamation of Jesus Christ, the eternal Word of God.
“The word of God nourishes both evangelizers and those who are being evangelized so that each one may continue to grow in his or her Christian life”
(National Directory for Catechesis [NDC] [Washington, DC: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, 2005], no. 17).
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
The Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis is pleased to announce
the release of the 2011 Catechetical Sunday materials on the theme of
the Eucharist. Catechetical Sunday, which is celebrated annually on the
third Sunday in September in parishes across the United States, falls
this year on the weekend of September 18, 2011, the Twenty-Fifth Sunday
in Ordinary Time.
The theme for 2011 Catechetical Sunday is "Do This in Memory of Me" (Lk 22:19). By reflecting on this theme, we are also preparing to receive the Third Typical Edition of the Roman Missal. The Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis hopes that these materials will provide the opportunity not only to reflect on the beauty and mystery of the Eucharist, as found in the Scriptures and the Tradition of the Church, but also to be moved to a more intense participation in the Sunday celebration of Mass, worthy reception of Holy Communion, and a more intentional embrace of the Church's sacramental life and mission.
As in past years, a variety of materials have been prepared to assist parishes in celebrating Catechetical Sunday, not only in September, but also throughout the 2011-2012 year. These materials are provided free of charge. And, as in past years, USCCB Publishing will sell printed copies of prayer cards, family commitment cards, posters, and certificates in English and Spanish.
May the Lord continue to fill you with his love and draw you into the living community of faith, that is the Church, through the Eucharist.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Reverend Richard J. Malone
Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis
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