Office for Catechesis

Catechetical Awareness Weekend - 22 / 23 AUG 2020


So What is Catechesis you may ask?
The word catechesis, in Greek—katékhéo—comes from the two words kata-ekheo. But kata-ekheo means to “echo down” or, you might say, to “echo precisely.” St. Paul and St. Luke used this word (see, e.g., Lk 1:4 and 1 Cor 14:19) to explain what we are doing when we teach the Christian faith. They are telling us that a catechist and his teaching are supposed to be an echo, a precise echo, of what has been given for instruction.

 But if I am just an echo, then that means the original voice is someone else’s. The Kerygma, the good news of the Lord, is supposed to resound as we hand down our faith. 

Why and Where do we echo His Name?
"The primary reason for evangelizing is the love of Jesus which we have received, the experience of salvation which urges us to ever greater love of him. 
What kind of love would not feel the need to speak of the beloved, to point him out, to make him known? " 
Evangelii Gaudium, Pope Feancis  

We all are called to hand down the faith, to echo His name. Whether we are sharing lives with our colleagues, within the four walls of our home with our children or over online platforms or video calls to friends, we are gifted with the chance to share Jesus with someone else. It is part of what being a disciple of Christ is. It is from this same depth of love that the call to echo His name in your parish stems from. 

 Would you answer his CALL to Echo His Name to the future generations 
of young Catholics in your parish today?
Read stories of catechists who 'echoed' the faith here
Answer His Call Here
Closes 30 Sep 2020
Love Offering for Catechetical Awareness Weekend 2020