“Celebrating the Lord’s Day,” a four-part adult faith formation series will be offered during Advent at the diocesan Chancery. Bishop David Ricken will lead this series on rediscovering the meaning behind the Lord’s Day, starting on Thursday, Nov. 29, 6:30 p.m. The series will run consecutive Thursdays through Dec. 20. Cost is $20 and includes refreshments and handouts.
The series is based on John Paul’s apostolic letter Dies Domini (Day of the Lord), promulgated in July 1998. In it, the late pope urged his fellow bishops “to work tirelessly with the faithful to ensure that the value of this sacred day is understood and lived ever more deeply. This will bear rich fruit in Christian communities, and will not fail to have a positive influence on civil society as a whole.”
In a Nov. 30, 2011, column in The Compass, Bishop Ricken wrote about Sunday: “Giving God the first day of the week, Sunday, is a requirement of the Scriptures from the Ten Commandments: ‘Keep holy the Lord’s Day.’ We owe this to him because every breath we take, every moment we have is a pure gift from God and can be taken from any one of us in the blink of an eye. We owe it to God to return thanks on the first day of the week and to do it to the very best of our ability.”
To register for “Celebrating the Lord’s Day,” contact the diocesan Department of Education toll-free at 877-500-3580, ext. 8276.