“Pastoral Challenges of the Family Questionnaire”.
Invitation to respond to questions on the ‘Pastoral challenges of the family in the context of evangelisation’ for the forthcoming Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops.
You are invited to a meeting to help in compiling the survey as a parish in St. Anne’s Resource Centre, at the rear of St. Mary’s Church on Thursday, 5th December 2013, at 8pm.
Pope Francis has announced that in October 2014 an Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops will take place in the Vatican to discuss the theme: ‘The pastoral challenges for the family in the context of evangelisation’. In order to prepare for this Synod, and to assist in its discussions, the Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops has initiated a consultation to obtain responses on this important theme.
A ‘Preparatory Document’ to contextualise this initiative is available on the Vatican website: click here
This ‘Preparatory Document’ also includes the consultation questions which are grouped under the following ten sections:
- The Diffusion of the Teachings on the Family in Sacred Scripture and the Church’s Magisterium
- Marriage according to the Natural Law
- The Pastoral Care of the Family in Evangelization
- Pastoral Care in Certain Difficult Marital Situations
- On Unions of Persons of the Same Sex
- The Education of Children in Irregular Marriages
- The Openness of the Married Couple to Life
- The Relationship Between the Family and the Person
- Other Challenges and Proposals
- Further comments
For those interested in completing the survey, please return your response to your local diocesan office. An electronic map representing each of the twenty six dioceses on the island of Ireland, along with contact details, is available on www.catholicbishops.ie
A guide from the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales may help in compiling your answers. It is a survey for Catholics living in England and Wales but the survey may help as a guide in answering some of the questions:
And their website also contains a number of Frequently Asked Questions which may also be of assistance:
WORLD YOUTH DAY - RIO DE JANEIRO
Follow Pope Francis on his apostolic journey to Brazil for his encounter with young people:
These young people are from every continent, they speak many languages, they bring with them different cultures, and yet they also find in Christ the answer to their highest aspirations, held in common, and they can satisfy the hunger for a pure truth and an authentic love which binds them together in spite of differences.
Christ offers them space, knowing that there is no force more powerful than the one released from the hearts of young people when they have been conquered by the experience of friendship with him. Christ has confidence in young people and entrusts them with the very future of his mission, "Go and make disciples".
Unveiling of the new memorial to the International Eucharistic Congress in St. Mary's Church available here >>
It is by believing with the heart that you are justified, and by making the declaration with your lips that you are saved.
MAY THE YEAR OF FAITH LEAD ALL BELIEVERS TO LEARN BY HEART THE CREED AND TO SAY IT EVERY DAY AS A PRAYER, SO THAT THE BREATHING AGREES WITH THE FAITH.
From the Pastoral Aid for the Year of Faith
The Profession of Faith
I believe in one God, the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all things visible and invisible.
I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ,
the Only Begotten Son of God,
born of the Father before all ages.
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us men and for our salvation
he came down from heaven,
and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary,
and became man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate,
he suffered death and was buried,
and rose again on the third day
in accordance with the Scriptures.
He ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead
and his kingdom will have no end.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.
I believe in one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church.
I confess one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins
and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead
and the life of the world to come.
Photographs from Navan Parish at the Eucharisic Congress available here >>
French television report from Navan Parish: KTO TV broadcast from Navan Parish as part of its report from the Congress available here >>