About Catechetical Sunday

What is Catechetical Sunday?

Catechetical Sunday began as an opportunity for catechists, parents and guardians to recommit themselves to the mission of catechesis, and to celebrate and affirm in them this great vocation, as a community of faith. The celebration of Catechetical Sunday came as a response to a document produced by the Vatican, all the way back in 1935 – “On the Better Care and Promotion of Catechetical Education”. In this document was a call for the worldwide Church to not only acknowledge the importance of this teaching ministry, but to also honour our catechists, who serve the Christian community.

When is Catechetical Sunday 2021?

This year, Catechetical Sunday will be celebrated on 31 January 2021!

What is the theme for this year?

This year’s theme is “Parish Communities: Agents of Faith, Hope & Love”. You are invited to reflect more deeply on this theme by reading the Catechetical Sunday Message, prepared by the Malaysian Catechetical Commission!

What does the word 'Catechetical' mean?

The word might be more familiar than you think. Many Catholics have used the word "catechism" for years, and they know it has something to do with the compendium of the Church's teachings. The root word, "catechesis," is from a Greek word meaning "to echo, or resound." Catechesis is the act of resounding or bringing the Church's teachings to the world. A catechist is one who teaches in the name of the Church.

Why do we have a special day set aside to commission catechists?

Catechesis is a distinct and special ministry in the Church. As the Catechism of the Catholic Church makes clear, “Catechesis is intimately bound up with the whole of the Church’s life . . . her inner growth and correspondence with God’s plan depend essentially on catechesis” (no. 7). This ministry of teaching in the name of the Church has a profound dignity, which is why catechists are formally commissioned by the Church. It is only fitting that we set aside a day to highlight this ministry and invite the entire church community to think about our responsibility to share our faith with others.

Rite of Commisioning will be live-streamed at following Mass: 

Saturday, 30th January
6:00 p.m. - Sunset Mass 
6:00 p.m. - Sunset Mass with text 

Sunday, 31st January 
9:00 a.m. - Mass celebrated by Most Rev Julian Leow, Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur

8:30 a.m. - Mass in Tamil
11:15 a.m. - Mass in Mandarin 
12:00 noon - Mass in Bahasa Malaysia

How are parents, the primary catechists of their children, recognized on Catechetical Sunday?

Parents are truly the primary catechists of their children. They prepare the soil and plant the first seeds of faith. On Catechetical Sunday, we not only highlight the work of catechists in parishes and schools, but we also commend parents and guardians and encourage them to take seriously their role of making their Catholic households a place where faith is passed on to the next generation. This is why the rite of blessing of catechists used on Catechetical Sunday includes an optional blessing of parents and guardians.

Catechetical Sunday Kit

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