Monday, October 8, 2012

Important news!

There is so much happening in the Church today that it is dificult to know where to begin!  Yesterday, October 7, the feast of the Most Holy Rosary, our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, convened the Synod for the New Evangelization.  What is a Synod?  According to the New Advent encyclopedia a Synod is an official gathering of the Bishops of the whole world or designated representatives, under the presidency of the Pope, for discussion and decisions on matters relating to faith, morals or discipline in the Church. 

What is the New Evangelization?  According to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops website,  "The New Evangelization calls each of us to deepen our faith, believe in the Gospel message and go forth to proclaim the Gospel. The focus of the New Evangelization calls all Catholics to be evangelized and then go forth to evangelize.  In a special way, the New Evangelization is focused on 're-proposing' the Gospel to those who have experienced a crisis of faith. Pope Benedict XVI called for the re-proposing of the Gospel "to those regions awaiting the first evangelization and to those regions where the roots of Christianity are deep but who have experienced a serious crisis of faith due to secularization."  The New Evangelization invites each Catholic to renew their relationship with Jesus Christ and his Church."   See: for more information, resources etc. 

An article on the Catholic Register website explains why the Synod is important for the Church.  Please take the time to read the article:

We are an "instant" people - a hurry-up culture - so taking time to read is not something we do easily.  I am no exception but sometimes we just need to take time in order to grasp and understand the truths of our faith and our life.  I hope you will find the time.  Check out the web site each day for important articles and information about the Church.  The world is a mess right now and we need all the help we can get.  God bless us! 

The Year of Faith begins this Thursday, October 11.  More on that to come.

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