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Catechetical Sunday 2013 Invites Catholics to 'Open the Door of Faith'

May 20, 2013
WASHINGTON—Catholics will be called to reflect on how they can spread the Gospel as they honor those who teach the Catholic faith in parishes, schools and homes. Catechetical Sunday 2013 is the weekend of Sunday, September 15, and will focus on the theme, "Open the Door of Faith."

"The Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis has prepared a variety of materials to assist catechists and Catholic school teachers to better understand and enter into the Year of Faith, including a revisit of the teachings of the Second Vatican Council," said Bishop David Ricken of Green Bay, Wisconsin, chairman of the committee. "The resources will assist parishes in celebrating Catechetical Sunday not only in September, but also throughout the 2013-2014 year.

"The theme "Open the Door of Faith" is taken from the Vatican's guiding document on the Year of Faith, "Porta Fidei." This year's materials, available in English and Spanish, are directed to all Catholics to help them reach out and evangelize others. They include resources for clergy, family resources, prayer cards, posters and teaching aids. Teaching aids include "The Catechism: A Symphony of Faith" by Petroc Willey and "Reexamining the Word of the Second Vatican Council (Hermeneutics of Reform)" by Alan Schreck. Resources available for free download are available at:

Catechetical Sunday, which is observed on the third Sunday in September, is a celebration of catechists and all teachers of the Catholic faith. Many parishes commission those who serve in catechetical ministry on Catechetical Sunday. The U.S. bishops have provided resources for Catechetical Sunday since 1971. More information is available at: Year of Faith runs from October 11, 2012, to November 24. More information is available online:


Keywords: Catechetical Sunday, Bishop David Ricken, Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis, USCCB, U.S. bishops, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, catechists, teachers, parents, resources, retreats, reflections, Year of Faith, Open the Door of Faith, Second Vatican Council, Catechism of the Catholic Church

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