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in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis

Archbishop Hebda's installation Mass will be at the Cathedral of St. Paul on Friday, May 13, 2:00 p.m.   We hope   you can be there.

As soon as the new Archbishop will see us, the Pastoral Recommendations Project plans to present the reco m mendations we have been researching and drafting since last December.   Come help us g ive the recommendations a final review on Tuesday, May 17, 7-9 p.m. at St. Frances Cabrini Church, 1500 SE Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis.   We will be asking you for your priorities to help organize the final document.  The project has been a collaboration of many voices, and more are welcome.    (You may have seen two review dates mentioned, but we decided to get the job done in one on the 17th.)
The recommendations are posted on our website. Please study them , print them if you can, and come with your ideas. 
N.B. The Franklin Avenue Bridge is closed.  To get to Cabrini use:
  • East River Pkwy off Marshall to Franklin, via a right on Thornton (green sign)
  • 27th Avenue off of University to Franklin
  • Franklin Avenue off of 280; Franklin is 1 block south of University at the 280 exit
  • Huron exit off of I-94 and two left turns (Fulton St. & Oak St.) to East River Pkwy; then left on the Pkwy to Franklin
We welcome your input.  Tell us that you are coming on the 17th by replying or emailing .  
Council of the Baptized Open Forum--June 14, 2016
One category of our recommendations is about liturgy and sacraments. Kathryn Lien, a local liturgist, and other lay liturgists who worked on the recommendations will present their ideas  on the needs of parishes and how the Archdiocese can support them.  Do you have meaningful liturgy at your parish?  Come discuss this with us at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 700 S. Snelling, St. Paul, 7-8 p.m, Tuesday, June 14.  

"Talk to Your Pastor" Campaign
We emailed all the pastors on our list in April, giving them a heads-up that you will be talking to them about a new Archdiocesan Pastoral Council.  In 2012, CCCR-Council of the Baptized recommended that the Archdiocese set up an APC for two-way communication between lay people and Church leadership. We are recommending it again in 2016.  We are concerned that the plans for a new APC have the following provisions:
  • lay members elected from deaneries
  • open agenda items
  • meetings open to the public.  
Our thinking: If there is no opportunity for representative people to speak up in honest and open ways and there is no accountability to the Church at large, what good is an Archdiocesan Pastoral Council as an advisory body?  
Your pastor is in a position to get our ideas to the decision-makers.  Please bring the topic of the Archdiocesan Pastoral Council up with him and ask him to call the dean of his deanery with your ideas.  There are 15 deaneries with about 12 parishes in each.  A pastor of one of the parishes is the dean and meets with the Archbishop in a Presbyteral Council of all the deans.  Maybe your pastor is the dean in your deanery!  We can let the deans know we are paying attention.  
In joyful hope, 
the CCCR Board and Council of the Baptized