Bishop O’Neill and Long-Term Catechist Awards

What is Catechetical Sunday? Take a look here.

Catechetical Sunday is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the role that each person plays, by virtue of his/her Baptism, in handing on the faith and being a witness for the Gospel.  It also provides the faith community an opportunity to celebrate the gifts and dedication of those who serve as formal catechists in parish faith formation programs for all ages.  Each year Catechetical Sunday is celebrated on the third Sunday of September which, this year, will be the weekend of September 16-17,2017.  The theme for Catechetical Sunday 2016 is “Prayer: the Faith Prayed.”  Resources will be available for download from USCCB at

The Diocese of Rockford invites Pastors and Catechetical Leaders to honor their volunteers by nominating deserving catechists for Diocesan recognition awards: the Bishop O’Neill Award in Catechetics and the Long-Term Catechist Award.  These awards can be presented to outstanding catechists by the Pastor during a Commissioning Ceremony on Catechetictal Sunday.