St. Cyril of Jerusalem Parish,15520 Ventura Boulevard, Encino, California - St. Cyril of Jerusalem Church, 15520 Ventura Boulevard,  Encino, California 91436













From the Desk of Father Mac

Catechetical Sunday
Twenty-Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time
September 17th, 2017

My Dear Friends in Christ,

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has designated this third Sunday in September as Catechetical Sunday. The 2017 theme is "Living as Missionary Disciples." Catechetical Sunday is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the role that each person plays, by virtue of their Baptism, in handing on the faith and being a witness to the Gospel. Catechetical Sunday is an opportunity for all of us to rededicate ourselves to this mission as a community of faith. Those whom the community has designated to serve as catechists will be called forth to be commissioned for their ministry.

What Does the Word “Catechetical” Mean? The word might be more familiar than you think. Many Catholics have used the word "catechism" for years, and they know it has something to do with the compendium of the Church's teachings. The root word, "catechesis," is from a Greek word meaning "to echo, or resound." Catechesis is the act of resounding or bringing the Church's teachings to the world. A catechist is one who teaches in the name of the Church.

Why do we have a special day set aside to commission catechists? Catechesis is a distinct and special ministry in the Church. As the Catechism of the Catholic Church states: “Catechesis is intimately bound up with the whole of the Church’s life . . . her inner growth and correspondence with God’s plan depend essentially on catechesis” (no. 7). This ministry of teaching in the name of the Church has a profound dignity, which is why catechists are formally commissioned by the Church. It is only fitting that we set aside a day to highlight this ministry and invite the entire church community to think about our responsibility to share our faith with others.

How are parents, the primary catechists of their children, recognized on Catechetical Sunday? Parents are truly the primary catechists of their children. They prepare the soil and plant the first seeds of faith. On Catechetical Sunday, we not only highlight the work of catechists in parishes and schools, but we also commend parents and guardians and encourage them to take seriously their role of making their Catholic households a place where faith is passed on to the next generation. This is why the rite of blessing of catechists used on Catechetical Sunday includes an optional blessing of parents and guardians.

Catechetical Sunday is also an opportunity for me as pastor to recognize, celebrate, and thank all those in our parish and school who work so hard to giving witness to the Gospel and hand on the Catholic faith to our children and adults. It is also a chance for me to thank our parents, grandparents, and guardians who seek to pass on the faith to their children and grandchildren. The work of catechesis, the responsibility of passing on the Catholic faith belongs to all of us! May God bless and strengthen each of us to truly live as missionary disciples and grant us the courage to share the beauty of our Catholic faith and our love of Jesus to others

In Christ,



For Information, please contact the Parish Office at or phone 818.986.8234



St Cyril of Jerusalem Parish
15520 Ventura Boulevard
(mail: 4601 Firmament Ave)
Encino, CA  91436
818- 986.8234

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