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Issue: #15 April 2015

There's so much going on at home and abroad. We hope it inspires you to think, pray, speak and take action!
Can We Talk... at Your House?
Pope Francis has asked to hear from us about how we experience official Church teachings around sexuality, marriage, and family. Help the Council of the Baptized help the Pope by helping to gather information. Consider hosting a listening session in your home. W e'll provide the program, materials and even the facilitator! All you have to do is open your door, welcome your guests (a few or many), maybe give them a snack, and sit back to be part of the conversation. The concerns and experiences you and your guests share on this topic will be passed along to the Pope via the Synod Fathers. Want in on this opportunity? Contact Mary Beth Stein at 612.805.7091 or marybsaint@hotmail.com. 

Another Love and Sex Campaign Opportunity

The Council of the Baptized's position paper,
Toward a Healthy Christian Theology of Sexuality, may not have the sexiest title, but the content is thoughtful, relevant and compelling. Start a mini-book discussion of the paper in your parish. There are discussion questions ready for your gathering. Contact the Council of the Baptized for additional assistance.
 
Start Talking! IEC Gathering 2015 is June 26-18!

The national gathering for Intentional Eucharistic Communities (IEC)  is happening June 26-28, 2015, at Concordia University in St. Paul.   Keynote speakers include Roger Haight, S.J.Miriam Therese Winters and Jamie Manson. There will also be 24 breakout sessions following 3 tracks - theology, worship and organization. Get the details at www.intentionaleucharistic.org.   Help spread the word about this amazing event happening 'right in our own backyard'. Talk about it within your parish community. If you want some help or additional information, contact Mary Sutherland.

Archdiocese Plans an Archdiocesan Pastoral Council

As confirmed by Vicar General Charles Lachowitzer, plans for an Archdiocesan Pastoral Council (APC) are moving forward and will be discussed in the Archbishop's advisory council of priests at their April meeting. Three things you can do about it:

  • Pray for the priests who are planning it at the Presbyteral Council meeting on Tuesday, April 21.
  • Email Fr. Lachowitzer to thank him for his initiative and encourage him to set up the APC, so a diversity of voices can give advice to the Archbishop.
  • Ask your pastor to tell the dean of his deanery that lay people are interested and concerned about the new APC. The structure of the plan must include a way for the Archbishop to hear all voices.

Background

Diocesan Pastoral Councils are important communications channels within dioceses, encouraged by Vatican II, but we haven't had one here for a decade. In Jan. 2013, CCCR/Council of the Baptized published a position paper recommending to Archbishop John Nienstedt that he create an APC. It called the Archbishop to promote lay buy-in to the mission of the Archdiocese through three crucial actions: 1) lay people should choose the lay membership of the APC, 2) lay people should be able to submit agenda items, and 3) meetings of the APC should be open to the public. The APC will not be a decision-making body. It is advisory only, but critical to gaining the insights and the confidence of the people. 

Don't Forget "A Family Mosaic" on April 25

On April 25, Call to Action-Minnesota will offer a program called, "A Family Mosaic: Creating a picture of a Real Minnesota Family." There will be a panel discussion and some action items geared toward identifying and communicating the pastoral needs of all types of Minnesota families. To register, contact Art Stoeberl.

Date: Saturday, Apr 25 Time: 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 

Place:St.Francis Cabrini, Mpls 

Fr. Tony Flannery to Host Church Reform Conference


Fr. Tony Flannery will host a major international conference of Catholic Church reform movements next week in Ireland. Fr. Flannery, who spoke in here last year, has been forbidden by the Vatican to exercise his ministry as a priest following articles he wrote for the Redemptorists' Reality magazine. The 4-day conference will be the first time such a large gathering of leaders of Catholic Church reform movements has taken place and will be the first such event hosted in Ireland. The conference will be facilitated by Austrian and Canadian leaders, with participants from 12 countries, including the US, Canada, Australia, India and various countries in Europe. Read the full article.

Think, pray, speak and take action.