The Office for Evangelization and Catechesis has prepared English-language resources for celebrating Catechetical Sunday 2017. The theme, Missionary Disciples in the Vineyard of the Lord, focuses on four topics: catechists are called to be missionary disciples, facilitate encounters with Christ, accompany others, and live in solidarity with the poor and marginalized. The resources are available on CCCB website at http://www.cccb.ca/site/eng/office-for-evangelization-and-catechesis/4757-catechetical-sunday-2017.
The resources can be used at any time throughout the pastoral year by clergy, directors of religious education, parish pastoral workers, chaplains, Catholic teachers and parents to emphasize the special role of the catechist. They have been designed in such a way that they can be used for reflection by individuals or in larger group settings. Dioceses and parishes may wish to use the liturgical suggestions for a special blessing of catechists either on Sunday, 1 October 2017, or at another time when catechists are gathered together.