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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).
Celebrating the Catechetical Year 2009-2010 was developed as a resource by the Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). It was reviewed by the committee chairman, Most Rev. Richard J. Malone, and has been authorized for publication by the undersigned.
Msgr. David Malloy
General Secretary, USCCB
Contributors to the USCCB resources for Catechetical Sunday 2009 on the USCCB Web site include the following: Celia Sirois (theological reflection); Deacon Juan Barajas (Spanish family resource); Sr. Ruth Bolarte (Spanish adult lesson plan); Fr. J. Brian Bransfield, STD (teaching aid); Sr. Mary Beth Coyle (English catechist retreat); Sr. Angela Erevia (Spanish diocesan leader resource); Elizabeth Field and James Corr (prayers, catechist resource); Kathy Gallo and Sue Grenough (family retreat); Sr. Linda Gaupin, PhD (English diocesan leader resource); Terry H. Gerlach (parish leader resource); Sr. Judith Gomila (teaching aid); Michele Harris (parish resource); Fr. Richard B. Hilgartner, STL (teaching aid); Sharon K. Horgan (catechist in-services); Maryanne Harrington (English adult lesson plan); Sr. Antoine Lawlor, DMin (catechist resource); J. Michael McMahon, DMin (parish resource); Ida Iris Miranda (Spanish catechist retreat); Fr. Robert Pesarchick, STD (teaching aid); Loyes M. Spayd (resource for the pastor); Michael E. Steier, DMin (general editor); Jem Sullivan, PhD (family conversations, resources).
Scripture texts used in this work are taken from the New American Bible, copyright © 1991, 1986, and 1970 by the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Washington, DC 20017 and are used by permission of the copyright owner. All rights reserved.
Excerpts from the Catechism of the Catholic Church, second edition, copyright © 2000, Libreria Editrice Vaticana–United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Washington, D.C. Used with permission. All rights reserved.
Excerpts from Vatican Council II: The Conciliar and Post Conciliar Documents edited by Austin Flannery, OP, copyright © 1975, Costello Publishing Company, Inc., Northport, N.Y. are used with permission of the publisher, all rights reserved. No part of these excerpts may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means—electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise—without express written permission of Costello Publishing Company.
Excerpt from the English translation of Rite of Baptism for Children © 1969, International Committee on English in the Liturgy, Inc. (ICEL); excerpts from the English translation of Directory for Masses with Children © 1973, ICEL; excerpts from the English translation of Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) © 1985, ICEL; excerpt (alt.) from the English translation of Book of Blessings © 1988, ICEL. All rights reserved.
Excerpts from the Code of Canon Law: Latin-English Edition: New English Translation (Codex Iuris Canonici [CIC])copyright © 1998, Canon Law Society of America. Used with permission. All rights reserved.
Excerpts from The Prophetic Spirit of Catechesis: How We Share the Fire in Our Hearts by Anne Marie Mongoven, OP, copyright © 2000 by Anne Marie Mongoven, Paulist Press, Inc., New York/Mahwah, NJ. Reprinted by permission of Paulist Press, Inc. www.paulistpress.com
Excerpts from Early Dominicans: Selected Writings, edited with an introduction by Simon Tugwell, OP, copyright © 1982 by Paulist Press, Inc., New York/Mahwah, NJ. Reprinted by permission of Paulist Press, Inc. www.paulistpress.com
Excerpts from St. Augustine, Confessions, trans. R.S. Pine-Coffin, copyright © 1961 by Penguin Group UK, London. All rights reserved.
Excerpts from St. Cyril of Jerusalem’s Lectures on the Christian Sacraments: The Procatechesis and the Five Mystagogical Catecheses copyright © St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press, Yonkers, NY. Used with permission. All rights reserved.
Excerpts from Georges Bernanos, “Sermon of an Agnostic on the Feast of St. Thérèse,” copyright © Le Castor Astral, Bordeaux, France. All rights reserved.
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