A missionary is one who is sent to share the Good News of Jesus with others. We all have been called to do this by reason of our Baptism. The only way to adequately fulfill this call is to foster our relationship with Jesus - to be His committed disciple. A disciple is a pupil or follower - and this means much more than just learning about Jesus - it means imitating Him in all things. Only in doing that can we adequately reflect Jesus to those with whom we engage. And so on this Catechetical Sunday, let us rededicate ourselves to the task of undergoing development in our understanding of the faith, the faith we have in the Person of Jesus our Savior, who wishes us to share the fruits of our relationship and knowledge of Him with others. I should like to ask you to pray particularly for our parish catechists, child-care aides, and especially the families who have committed themselves to being the primary educators of the faith to their children by participating in our family formation program.
Prayer for Family Commitment
Loving and merciful Father, who instituted the family as an instrument of your fruitful love and raised it to be a sacrament of the love of your Son for his Church, send forth your Holy Spirit to forgive us for our sinful failures, to heal the personal and social wounds that afflict us, to bring consolation to the vulnerable among us, and to enable us to reach out in compassionate care to all those families in need.
Make possible within us and for us what only you can do. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Prayer for Catechists
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. Amen.
David J. Conrad