Last week, the Church celebrated Catechetical Sunday onSeptember 16 with the theme “Enlisting Witnesses for JesusChrist.” Every year, Catechetical Sunday provides a wonderfulopportunity to reflect on the role that each of us plays, by virtueof our Baptism, in handing on the faith and being a witness to theGospel. Catechetical Sunday is an opportunity for all to rededicatethemselves to this mission as a community of faith.
We would especially like to acknowledge those who haveanswer ed their Baptismal call by becoming catechists. Thankyou to the following people for your willingness to share thejoy of the Gospel:
Ellen Abbadessa, Lily Arama, Kevin Arnold, Tricia Arnold, Maritza Binier, Carol Brescia, Kathy Carter, Kayla and Marsha Casey, Mindy Chau, Amy Diederich, Miriam and Izzy Doyle, Daniel Esquer, Yvette and Caitlyn Gallaher, Angela Gaetano, Kelly Gersbach, Courtney Gertson, Izabelle Gibson, Myra Gonzalez, Melissa Harshbarger, Gloria Jewett, Jessica and Allison Kolodzej, Beji Rose Kulgerma, Debbie Lambert, Marianne and Emma Luken, Regina Lynde, Linda McCormack, Toni Monti,Morgan Morano, Joe Muller, Terri Owens, Maureen Pass, Jan Reckenberger, Kiki Reynolds, GabbyRios, Joan Roth, Mari Rubio, Elizabeth Saba, Karen Salotti, Chris Smith, Cynthia Smith, Marybeth and Connor Smith, Jill Vavro, Catherine Warren, Ana Wenker, Nhu-Ha Yup, and Viet Zaengle
Let us keep them and all those entrusted with instructing the Faith in our prayers:
O God, our Heavenly Father,
you have given us the gift of these catechists
to be heralds of the Gospel to our parish family.
We lift them up to you in thanksgiving
and intercede for them concerning their hopes and needs.
May we be attentive to the presence of your Word in them,
a Word that lifts up and affirms,
calls forth and challenges,
is compassionate and consoles.
We pray that our parish family will always be blessed
with those who have responded to the call
to share in Christ's prophetic mission as catechists.
May we too be open to the universal call
to service that Christ addresses to all of his disciples,
contributing our gifts to the communion of faith, the Church.
We ask this in Jesus' name.
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