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WASHINGTON—Materials for Catechetical Sunday 2012 are available online for free download by parishes in the United States. This year’s theme for Catechetical Sunday, which will be celebrated the weekend of September 16, is “Catechists and Teachers as Agents of the New Evangelization.”
“Before Catholics can go out and evangelize, they must be evangelized,” said Bishop David Ricken of Green Bay, Wisconsin, chairman of the Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). “We celebrate catechists because, since they instruct our people, they have a crucial role in the New Evangelization.”
The New Evangelization, the effort to rekindle the faith in Catholics, whether practicing or not, is a major focus of the Year of Faith, an effort announced by Pope Benedict XVI beginning on October 11 and running through November 24, 2013.
Materials available for Catechetical Sunday 2012 include resources on welcoming Catholics back to church, building cultural competencies, explaining the New Evangelization and providing engaging activities for young people. The materials also include posters, certificates, prayer cards, bulletin inserts and resources for a family retreat. Spanish language materials will be available soon.
Catechetical Sunday, which is observed on the third Sunday in September, is a celebration of catechists and teachers of the Catholic faith. The U.S. bishops have provided resources for Catechetical Sunday since 1971. For more information, visit: www.usccb.org/catecheticalsunday.
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