Teachers of faith receive bishops’ blessing


SENT OUT: Cardinal Robert W. McElroy presided over a Commissioning Mass for the diocese's catechists Sept. 11 at Sacred Heart Church in Brawley. (Credit: Leonardo Enrique Fonseca)

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SAN DIEGO — Catechists and school ministry leaders marked the start of a new catechetical year with the diocese’s annual Commissioning Mass in September.

As in past years, two liturgical celebrations were held – one for catechists in San Diego County and another for their counterparts in the Imperial Valley.

Auxiliary Bishop Ramón Bejarano celebrated the first of the Masses on Sept. 8 at the diocesan Pastoral Center. Cardinal Robert W. McElroy presided over the other, which was held Sept. 11 at Sacred Heart Church in Brawley.

More than 200 people attended the Mass in San Diego, while the liturgy in Brawley drew about 70.

During each of the Masses, the catechists in attendance received a blessing from the presiding bishop.

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