|The Church of St. Luke|
Dear STL Family,
Have you all heard the news? Pope Francis is inviting all of the world’s Catholics, including you and me, to participate in a consultation about how the Church journeys with us.
The Church is holding a consultation, inviting us to encounter one another, listen to each other’s experiences, and discover together what God is calling the Church to do in these times. This consultation will bring together the people in the pews, clergy, religious, and those living on the margins, in a gathering the Church calls a “synod.”
Our parish is on the same path and is holding a couple of sessions exactly three weeks from now. The insights that come from this consultation will be used to renew our parishes, schools, and the diocese itself by strengthening a church culture that listens to its faithful and makes us co-responsible for the life of the church. Our voices will be heard!
This synod is focused on how the Church engages all of these groups in the life of the Church; all levels. The synod’s theme is “For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation and Mission,” and it is to conclude in 2023.
You and I know that the Catholic Church is facing unprecedented challenges the world over. Many have stopped practicing their faith. Countries, communities, and families are divided. The pandemic is having a devastating impact. In this crucial moment, the Church is forging a pathway to profound renewal.
If you haven't signed up already, please do so now. Select the session that fits your schedule. If neither option works, let us know an alternative date/time and we'll see what we can do for you. Your voice is critical to sustaining the vibrant community we know we are.
With a very grateful heart,
Sent by Jane Alfano