To mark the twenty-fifth anniversary of the promulgation of the Catechism of the Catholic Church by Pope Saint John Paul II, the Steering Committee of Adult Studies of the Catechism has organised an event in Cork City today for adult catechists and faith development personnel.
Marking the anniversary as part of his visit to Ireland, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, Archbishop of Vienna and editorial secretary for the Catechism, will celebrate Mass this evening at 3.00pm in the Church of the Sacred Heart in Cork City. Archbishop Eamon Martin, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, and Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan, Bishop of Waterford and Lismore will also be in attendance.
The day-long event will reflect on the significance of the Cathechism in the life of the Church both for today and for the future. During the day there will be a series of activities, including a keynote address from Cardinal Schönborn, a Q&A session, music and reflection. The day will culminate in a celebration of Mass in the Church of the Sacred Heart in Cork City, led by Cardinal Schönborn who will also preach the homily. Refreshments will be served afterwards in the Sacred Heart Community Centre.
Speaking ahead of the event, Máirín Ní Shúilleabháin, national co-ordinator of Adult Studies of the Catechism said, “The visit of Cardinal Schönborn takes place during a time when our country is preparing for the World Meeting of Families in August 2018. The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches that the Christian family is a communion of persons, a sign and image of the communion of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.”
“Having the general editor of the Catechism in Ireland is a great blessing. The opportunity to listen to Cardinal Schönborn reflect on the Catechism will give us further insight into the Gospel of the family at this moment in our history … This event will help us to increase our knowledge of what we believe as Catholics and will help us to enrich our understanding of the dignity of the Christian family.”
Cardinal Christoph Schönborn OP, Archbishop of Vienna, is a highly regarded author, teacher and theologian. He was a student of Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI) and with him was co-editor of the Catechism of the Catholic Church which was published in 1992.
For more information, see www.catechism.ie.