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Friday, March 24, 2017
Irish Bishops dedicate day for celebrating catechesis
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¬†The Irish Catholic Bishops' Conference (IBC) designated yesterday, 8 February, as Catechetical Sunday 2004. It is the first time in Ireland that a specific Sunday has been dedicated to celebrate catechesis ≠ the teaching and handing on of the faith. The theme for Catechetical Sunday 2004 is Faith Alive. Commenting on Catechetical Sunday, Ms Linda Quigley, Director of the National Catechetics Office, said: "While our faith is a deeply personal issue, we should always be open to celebrating it and keeping it alive in our homes, our schools and our parishes. Our faith can flourish when we share it with others. "Catechetical Sunday seeks to celebrate and promote the development of faith for people of all ages in Ireland. This includes children, teenagers, parents, teachers, the clergy, religious, parish workers and other members of the faith community. In particular, Catechetical Sunday is a time to recognise and support the wonderful work of those outside the home, such as teachers, the clergy and parish workers who work tirelessly in promoting the Good News of Jesus Christ through their words and in their actions." She said: "Although this is the first year that Catechetical Sunday is being held in Ireland, it now becomes part of the liturgical calendar in Ireland, and joins other such themed Sundays throughout the world." "The Bishops have put a lot of work into preparing for Catechetical Sunday. Liturgical packs and posters have been sent to parishes and schools throughout the country with resources to assist with a liturgical celebration in parishes and practical projects in schools and homes. It is hoped that all the different partners in education will become involved in turning it into a significant celebration each year", Ms Quigley concluded. Source: Irish Bishops' Conference Media Office
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