Delegates nominated from across the Archdiocese of Liverpool are to meet tomorrow, Saturday 24 November, for the Liverpool Archdiocesan Assembly. The gathering which will take place at the Centre for Evangelisation has the theme ‘Keeping Sunday’ and will look at the ways in which, with the pressures of 21st century life, people are keeping the Lord’s Day.
Archbishop Patrick Kelly says: ‘I have asked our Assembly this year to reflect on how we, as a Catholic community, are living the commandment to ‘remember the Sabbath and keep it holy.’
During the day delegates will reflect on the findings of a consultation carried out in parishes earlier this year. Drawing on the 1998 Apostolic Letter of Pope John Paul II ‘Dies Domini’; ‘The Lord’s Day’ parishioners were asked to reflect on three areas:
The first asked how the nature of Sunday has changed and as a result what have we gained or lost and how do we keep Sunday as a special day.
The second is directed at the Catholic community asking why people attend Mass on a Sunday and how it helps, are there any positive changes in the Church over recent years and if the introduction of a Saturday Vigil Mass has changed the nature of Sunday for some people.
The third asks how more people can be attracted to join in worship and how we can reach out to those Catholics who no longer worship.
There will be feedback from this consultation and further discussion concluding with suggestions for the future.