Keeping the Lord's Day Pastoral Letter

Small Group Study Guide

In support of His Excellency, Bishop Johnston's, recent pastoral letter, Keeping the Lord’s Day, the Office of Domestic Church & Discipleship has published a 3-lesson guided study for use by families or small groups.

In light of the serious impact that COVID has had on our communities, it is our hope that this study guide will serve as a useful tool to bring together families, parishes, small groups, youth groups, and others wanting to establish or renew a commitment to the importance of Sundays and Holy Mass. Filled with scripture reflections, beautiful sacred art, suggestions for celebrating Sunday, and the full text of Bishop Johnston’s pastoral letter, this booklet offers a concise way to unpack God’s beautiful gift of rest.

Due to the generosity of the Missouri State Council of the Knights of Columbus, we are able to offer these study booklets, available in both English and Spanish, as a gift to you; we would simply need you to cover the cost of shipping to deliver them to your parish. You may also be able to have a parish representative pick them up at the chancery if you have someone attending meetings in the near future. 

Next Steps: 

  • We have a limited quantity of booklets in print, and we want to make sure that every parish is able to get copies, so we ask that you consult with your Religious Education coordinators, Youth Ministers, and small group leaders to determine the number of booklets you would like to receive.
  • To preview the booklet online in English click here and in Spanish click here.  
  • Please email Kristen Marquis <> to place your order, indicating either that you would like them to be shipped (invoice will be included) or the name and scheduled meeting of the parish representative that will pick them up. Due to current COVID restrictions, we can only allow pick-ups from those attending scheduled meetings at this time.

Bishop James V. Johnston, Jr.

“As we begin to return to our public celebrations of Mass, I wish to invite all in our diocese to reflect more deeply on the value of Sunday, why God made it and what it means in the life of a disciple of Jesus Christ.”


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