In the September issue of The Monitor Magazine:

The beginning of the new school year finds families, students, teachers and staff fully engaged in returning to learning in a safe and cautious manner.  But now similar challenges face leaders of catechetical ministry across the Diocese, who have been busy developing plans to deliver faith instruction to children and others.  While the specifics of those plans will look different from parish to parish, there is a universal understanding that parents, in their roles as first catechists, will be more critical than ever.  

The Monitor Magazine’s September issue features a special section to a new catechetical year, particularly amid the unusual and difficult challenges in the time of COVID-19.  Our cover image of “The Church at Home,” underscores the importance of faith formation underway in the family home -- the Domestic Church.  A message from Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., kicks off this special coverage dedicated to Catechetical Sunday, which is observed Sept. 20.

How Catholics can respond to the escalation of fake news and disinformation on social media and why they should bother are covered in this month’s IN FOCUS section. Titled “The Antidote of Truth,” this coverage package encourages readers to transform social media to better reflect the Gospel and God’s love, especially in these days of lies and hatred that have become widely present.

Other content to look for:

  • With Respect Life Month coming in October, a round-up of information about efforts to protect human life in the womb.
  • A report on COVID-19 relief funding to parishes and Diocese; Update on regulations governing the return to the classrooms; New plans underway for Anniversary couples this year; Advisory on what social service outlets need to do to apply for funding from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development.
  • Providing for the poor and marginalized by ensuring participation in the Census; Remembering those who suffer and serve the common good; and considering how a COVID vaccine might be made available and to whom.

As always, you will find our Spanish-language section, El Anzuelo; pages of local stories and people, and inspiration to support your spiritual study, reflection and prayer life, especially during these weeks leading up to the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary Oct. 7. 

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