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Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

As we enter into the new academic school year, it is also time for a new year of faith formation for our children. Our parish Directors of Faith Formation have been busily working throughout the summer to prepare for classes and to welcome our children. And with each year our parishes at times struggle to fill the need for catechists to share the Faith with our children.

On September 17, 2017, we will celebrate Catechetical Sunday and all those who are dedicated to serve as catechists. This year’s theme is “Living as Missionary Disciples.” By virtue of our Baptism we are called to pass on the Faith and witness to the Gospel, in our lives and as catechists and parents, to guide and mentor our children and our families.

In the words of the Holy Father, Pope Francis: I hope that all communities will devote the necessary effort to advancing along the path of a pastoral and missionary conversion which cannot leave things as they presently are. “Mere administration” can no longer be enough. Throughout the world, let us be “permanently in a state of mission.”

As we reflect upon the call to live as missionary disciples, keep in mind that Evangelization comes through continual conversion, of society, of the Church, and of ourselves.

I pray we may always be attentive to God’s call, and that through the sacraments and personal prayer, we may grow in love for the Lord, gain a deeper knowledge of our Faith, and further the evangelizing mission of his Church.

Assuring you of my prayers, I remain

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Most Reverend Joseph A. Pepe, D.D., J.C.D.
Bishop of Las Vegas

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