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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).
This year, the Church will celebrate Catechetical Sunday on September 17, 2017. The 2017 theme will be "Living as Missionary Disciples." Those who the Community has designated to serve as catechists 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.
Find a series of webinars focused on “Living as Missionary Disciples” and more resources on the Leadership Institute website.
Living as Missionary Disciples provides dioceses and parishes and other church ministries with a road map to "new paths for the Church's journey" of evangelization. It is not intended to provide a ready-made program for a parish to follow or a detailed strategic plan to implement. Rather, it offers principles that dioceses and parishes can apply to their efforts in evangelization and missionary discipleship.
Christian Discipleship and the Care for the Created Order
Daniel E. Flores, STD, Bishop of Brownsville
Taking the First Step: Keys to Sharing Faith Person-to-Person
Saint Paul Street Evangelization
Accompanying Youth and Young Adults on Their Journey as Missionary Disciples
Julianne Stanz and Tom East
Catechesis and the Church's Commitment to the Family in Our Day
Timothy P. O'Malley
Several clip art elements to use throughout your Catechetical Sunday materials.
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