Year of the Family
February 9, 2007
Dear Pastors and Parish Life Facilitators,
I invite all parishes in the Diocese of Charleston to begin the celebration of the Year of the Family by reclaiming the Sabbath for God and family. Because we have become distracted, overworked, and overcommitted to outside activities, Sunday has become just another work day. I challenge each of you to restore Sunday as a gift from the Father for the family to appreciate one another. We have lost the peace that God created for our day of rest, and we all should actively seek ways to invite God into the center of our families.
Some ideas to make this a reality:
Once a month, pray a parish family Rosary, followed by a covered dish with fun activities for youth and children.
Plan a pilgrimage to one of your favorite religious sites, such as the Shrine to Our Lady of Joyful Hope of South Carolina in Kingstree or Mepkin Abbey in Monck’s Corner.
Allow a member of the family to share fifteen minutes of scripture reading.
Refrain from any labor, shopping, and any private activity that conflicts with prayer or family involvement on a Sunday.
While your children or youth may be involved in faith formation on Sunday, try organizing activities with other parents and adults to enrich your faith and friendships.
Sunday is the day which recalls in grateful adoration the world's first day and looks forward in active hope to "the last day," when Christ will come in glory (cf. Acts 1:11; 1 Th 4:13-17) and all things will be made new (cf. Rev 21:5). Pope John Paul II’s Apostolic Letter, Dies Domini.
I am happy to proclaim each Sunday in this diocesan Year of the Family a Day of Prayer for the Family.
With assurance of my continued prayers for you and appreciation of your prayers for me as well, I remain
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Rev. Robert J. Baker
Bishop of Charleston