Pope Francis has (on the Feast of St Jerome) established that the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time is to be marked as Sunday of the Word of God. An Apostolic Letter to this effect, issued motu proprio (by the Pope himself) and entitled 'Aperuit illis', was published in Rome earlier today.
Pope Francis asks that we, as local communities, 'mark this Sunday with a certain solemnity'. He highlights the link between the Word of God and the sacraments, the emphasis placed on Scripture by Vatican II, the importance of study of Sacred Scripture, as well as the ecumenical value of such a Sunday (coming in or around the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity) as being among the considerations that prompted him to take this worthy initiative.
Even the title of the document points to the action of Christ in opening our minds to the Word of God. There may be some opportunities for parishes to explore options in this regard.
Sunday of the Word of God in 2020 will fall on Sunday 26 January- the day after the end of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.