top of page

September 16

the third Sunday in September

Catechetical Sunday

Catechesis is an education in the faith of children, young people and adults which includes especially the teaching of Christian doctrine imparted, generally speaking, in an organic and systematic way, with a view to initiating the hearers into the fullness of Christian life.

In the Catholic Church, catechist is a term used of anyone engaged in religious formation and education, from the bishop to lay ecclesial ministers and clergy to volunteers at the local level. The primary catechists for children are their parents or communities. Protestant churches typically have Sunday School classes for educating children in religion, as well as adult classes for continuing education.




Lord, I believe:
I wish to believe in Thee.
Lord, let my faith be full and unreserved,
and let it penetrate my thought,
my way of judging Divine things and human things.
Lord, let my faith be joyful
and give peace and gladness to my spirit,
and dispose it for prayer with God
and conversation with men,
so that the inner bliss of its fortunate possession
may shine forth in sacred and secular conversation.
Lord, let my faith be humble and not presume
to be based on the experience

of my thought and of my feeling;
but let it surrender to the testimony of the Holy Spirit,
and not have any better guarantee

than in docility to Tradition and to the authority of the magisterium of the Holy Church.





On this day, please remember the fact that parents are truly the primary catechists of their children.

That parents prepare the soil and plant the first seeds of faith. On Catechetical Sunday, we not only highlight the work of catechists in parishes and schools, but we also commend parents and guardians and encourage them to take seriously their role of making their Catholic households a place where faith is passed on to the next generation. This is why the rite of blessing of catechists used on Catechetical Sunday includes an optional blessing of parents and guardians.

Each year, the Catholic Church in the United States designates the third Sunday in September as “Catechetical Sunday”— a day on which to celebrate and pray for the Church’s mission to teach the Gospel to all people.

This year’s theme is “Living as Missionary Disciples.”

As a catechist, you are responding to a call to share the gift of faith with others, even as you deepen your own faith. This call may have reached you through your pastor, the director of your parish’s religious education program, or through your role as a Catholic school teacher. But know that this calling ultimately comes from God whose Holy Spirit inspires and guides you.



Catechism teachers & staff, give back, let them know how thankful you are to each of them.



Scripture Cake!
Do you remember what you were taught in RCIC class, do you know your bible?



Below is the recipe, along with the passages it refers to.

  • 4 and a half cups I Kings IV:22 – “Solomon’s daily provisions were thirty cors of the finest flour”

  • 1 and a half cups of Judges V:25 – “He asked for water, and she gave him milk; in a bowl fit for nobles she brought him curdled milk.” (so curdled milk=butter)

  • 2 cups of Jeremiah VI:20 – “What do I care about incense from Sheba or sweet calamus from a distant land? Your burnt offerings are not acceptable; your sacrifices do not please me.” (This one is confusing, but the cookbook notes it’s sugar. Go figure.)

  • 2 cups I Samuel XXX:12 – “…part of a cake of pressed figs and two cakes of raisins. He ate and was revived, for he had not eaten any food or drunk any water for three days and three nights.” (This one is raisins)

  • 2 cups of Nahum III:12 – “All your fortresses are like fig trees with their first ripe fruit; when they are shaken, the figs fall into the mouth of the eater.”

  • 1 cup of Numbers XVII:8 – “The next day Moses entered the tent and saw that Aaron’s staff, which represented the tribe of Levi, had not only sprouted but had budded, blossomed and produced almonds.”

  • 2 Tablespoons full of I Samuel XIV:25 – “The entire army entered the woods, and there was honey on the ground.”

  • Season to taste of II Chronicles IX:9 – “Then she gave the king 120 talents of gold, large quantities of spices, and precious stones. There had never been such spices as those the queen of Sheba gave to King Solomon.” (A.k.a., season to taste with whatever spices you want. I’d recommend nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice.)

  • Six Jeremiah XVII:11 – “Like a partridge that hatches eggs it did not lay are those who gain riches by unjust means. When their lives are half gone, their riches will desert them, and in the end they will prove to be fools.” (Do not use partridge eggs).

  • A Pinch of Leviticus II:13 – “Season all your grain offerings with salt. Do not leave the salt of the covenant of your God out of your grain offerings; add salt to all your offerings.”

  • Half cup of Judges IV:19 – “‘I’m thirsty,’ he said. ‘Please give me some water.’ She opened a skin of milk, gave him a drink, and covered him up.” (Note in the book says, “last clause,” so I’m going with milk over water).

  • Two teaspoons of Amos IV:5 – “Burn leavened bread as a thank offering and brag about your freewill offerings– boast about them, you Israelites, for this is what you love to do,” declares the Sovereign LORD.” (Did you guess that leavened bread is a hint for baking soda in this one?)

Simple enough, right? Well, mostly, until you get to the baking instructions, which say, “Follow Solomon’s prescription for making a good boy, Proverbs23:14, and you will have a good cake.” This bring you to, “You shall strike him with the rod And rescue his soul from Sheol.,” which I’m guessing is the biblical equivalent of “mix well” but hardly helps for oven temperatures.

I followed the classic mix-dry-ingredients-into-wet ingredients method here, creaming the butter and sugar together first, then adding the eggs, milk, and honey. To that I added the mixture of flour, baking soda, and spices. Once that came together, I added the chopped figs, raisins, and almonds, and I threw the thick mixture (which really had more of a cookie batter consistency) into a bundt pan and baked it at 350 degrees for what wound up being about an hour.

The result? An actually pleasing, fruity cake! Thinner cake pans may actually work better than a large bundt, to let the thick batter cook through without burning the crust, and a simple glaze would be a great addition to add some sweetness. But I’m just thinking about the french toast I want to make out of this over the next few days.

Who knew the Bible could be such a culinary guide? Thanks, Solomon!

Scripture Cake


This is one interesting cake to make and with all the figs, raisins and almonds makes it so moist, chewy and delicious.  The update will take a day or two. The first thing I wanted to say is to make sure your pan is buttered really well. I found mine sticking at the very bottom. Now I did use an older pan slightly worn and that may have caused it to stick.



  • 1/2 c judges 5:25, last clause

  • 2 c jeremiah 6:20

  • 2 Tbsp 1 samuel 14:25

  • 6 of jeremiah 17:11, separated

  • 1 1/2 c 1 kings 4:22, first clause

  • 2 tsp amos 4:5, first clause

  • a pinch of leviticus 2:13

  • 2 chronicles 9:9 as desired

  • 1/2 c judges 5:25, first clause

  • 2 c each 1 samuel 30:12, chopped

  • 2 c numbers 17:8, chopped


  • 1 1/2 c jeremiah 6:20

  • 1/2 c genesis 24:45

  • 1/4 c genesis 18:8


  • sliced genesis 43:11


  1. Search the scripture for your ingredients: This is the first scripture to look up. Key Words:butter, sweet cane, eggs, fine flour, salt, leavened, sweet cinnamon, spices, milk, almonds, figs, and raisins

  2. Chop up your dates for cake.

  3. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Cream butter, sugar, and honey. Add egg yolks. In a separate bowl, mix flour, baking powder, and salt.

  4. Add desired spices, such as cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and nutmeg. Add dry ingredients to the creamed mixture, alternating with the milk.

  5. Beat egg whites until stiff and fold into the batter.

  6. Coat the chopped figs, raisins, and almonds with flour to keep them from sinking to the bottom, and stir them into the mixture.

  7. Pour into your cake pan and bake in a well-greased 10-inch tube pan for 2 hours.

  8. For Burnt Jeremiah Syrup: In a 2-quart saucepan over low heat, melt sugar, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking. After sugar melts, continue cooking, stirring continuously, until it is a deep golden brown. Add water and cook, stirring frequently, until smooth. Remove from the heat, add butter and stir till until it melts; allow to cool. Drizzle over cooled scripture cake and garnish with sliced almonds. ----[Why is it called Burnt Jeremiah Syrup? "And if I say, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name, then there is in my heart as it were a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I am weary with forbearing, and I cannot contain." Jeremiah 20:9] 

  9. Here is a great verse to share with those who are helping to prepare this cake: All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man[woman] of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work (2 Timothy 3:16,17)

  • Here is a little history I found while researching: Scripture cake was also known as “Bible Cake,” “Scriptural Cake” and “Old Testament Cake,” and was extremely popular in the latter part of the nineteenth century, especially in the southern Appalachians. The cake was meant as a way to teach young girls baking and Bible verses. The earliest recipe for this cake I have been able to find was published in the Atlanta Constitution on June 27, 1897. Some researchers believe the cake dates to the late 1700s in England or Ireland, while others claim the cake a favorite of Dolly Madison, wife of U.S. president James Madison.

bottom of page