This Sunday, parishes all throughout the United States are celebrating Catechetical Sunday. This special day, established by the Bishop’s Conference, allows us to recognize, thank and bless the dedicated catechists of our parish. While this Sunday is meant to highlight our teaching faculty of the school, it also recognizes our Pre-Cana team, the members of the RCIA group, but in a very particular way, the catechists of the Parish Religious Education Program. Every Monday, our faithful catechists come and share with our young people in the program the lessons of faith. Here at Saint Denis, we are so very blessed to have such a wonderful group of dedicated and faithful catechists! They offer so much to our young people and do it out of love for their faith and as a dedication to our parish and the children.
Our PREP program has 325 children who come on Monday afternoon or evening to receive a quality catechesis, and for some, sacramental preparation. I am thankful for the dedicated service of our Director of Religious Education, Sr. Rose Caritas, IHM! Sister came to us several months ago and has enlivened and enriched our program by her warm and welcoming spirit. We are truly blessed to have Sister and I am grateful to the Sister Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary for allowing her to come and be a part of our pastoral staff. Sister has already introduced new and dynamic ways for our catechist to better serve our young people in handing on the gift of our Catholic Faith.
Again, we are SO blessed with our catechists who have been so loyal, loving and determined to help our young people know, love and serve Jesus Christ. On this special Sunday, we thank, bless and encourage each one of them in their role as catechists. Please pray for each one of them!
2014-2015 PREP Catechists and Aides
Deacon Frank Connors
Beth Zukowski Dougherty