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Issue: #33 October 2016

October is the beginning of a new season.  CCCR and the Council of the Baptized are entering a period of visioning and new beginnings. What do  you want to see the CCCR Board and the Council of the Baptized accomplish in the next three to five years?

Have you read the specific recommendations of the Pastoral Recommendations Project ?  Click on the blue link to read the full document:   Pastoral Recommendations Project .

Read on.  Reflect.  Collaborate.  Act.
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No November Open Forum or Council of the Baptized Meeting
There will be no Open Forum or Council of the Baptized meeting in November.  The next Open Forum and Council of the Baptized meeting will be held on December 13, 2016. Specific information regarding the December 2016 Open Forum has yet to be determined.  Read the November 2016 CCCR Newsletter for further details.

What is Your Vision for CCCR?
A s CCCR and the Council of the Baptized undertake a visioning process for both organizations for the next three to five years, we have a question for  you .  What is  your  vision for the work of CCCR and the Council?  What do you want to see  our organizations accomplish?  The laity share in the responsibility to realize church reform in our Church--in our Archdiocese.

We need your energy.  CCCR and the Council of the Baptized exist to give voice to your concerns regarding church reform.  We are the Church.

Have you read the Pastoral Recommendations Project [PRP]?  What recommendations are you passionate about?  What would you like to work with others to see things change?

We welcome your visions and your participation.  Join us.  Participate.  Send your written reflections to us.  Our  address is .
APP Be an Askable Parent Program Rescheduled

T he "Be an Askable Parent" workshop has been rescheduled. It will be held on Saturday, November 19. 

Both parents  and grandparents of school-aged children are urged to participate.   "Be an Askable Parent" will enable parents and grandparents to explore how to:

    1. Create a comfort level with the topic of sex and sexuality
    2. Become informed on today's issues facing our young folks
    3. Acquire the skills they need to make safe caring, 
       supportive,  and mutually affirming decisions--now
       and in  the future

Registration Deadline:  
November 1, 2016
Online Registration
Click here and f ollow instructions on 1 on that page.
By Mail:
Include name(s), address, phone number, e-mail, as well as names and ages of children, so as to receive age-appropriate texts.
Make check for $30 for text, workshop and light lunch payable to and mail to:
Diane Sineps
2155 Pinehurst Avenue
St. Paul, Minnesota 55116
Write:  "Be an Askable Parent" in the memo line
The course will be offered:
Date:     Saturday, November 19, 2016
Check-in and coffee:  8:00am
Time:     8:30am-3:30pm
Place:    St. Francis Cabrini Catholic Church, Garvey Hall
            1500 Franklin Avenue SE
            Minneapolis, Minnesota 55414

Direct Questions to:
Diane Sineps directly at  651-690-3247, or
Mary Shafer at  651-644-3734, or

Learn more about the workshop at:  Be an Askable Parent.
CTAMNCall to Action MN Program Held on September 24 

A Muslim-Christian Conversation--Building Bridges
on Saturday, September 24, Call to Action-MN [CTA-MN] 
sponsored a discussion inviting Muslims and Christians to join in conversation centered around Islam and the Quran, and other issues such as:  the role of women; the education of of girls and women; the non-Muslim perception of jihad; and the sacred Quran and its interpretation.  Central to the entire presentation by two Muslim women who spoke as living witnesses to their faith and beliefs.  Participants sat at round tables with at least one Muslim person seated at each table to further probe issues, and create a better understanding between Muslim and non-Muslim communities.  Many of those present gave voice to the energy and value generated in that short time spent together.

Contact for questions and information:
Art Stoeberl
(651) 636-7356
RRRecommended Reading  

Toward a Healthy Christian Theology of Sexuality , a position paper sponsored by the Council of the Baptized, 2014.

The pope's new cardinals  - by Robert Mickens  ( Global Pulse Magazine, October 10, 2016).

How new cardinals appointed by Pope Francis might impact LGBT Catholics - Bob Shine
(Bondings 2.0, October 10, 2016).

New Cardinal Farrell: Amoris Laetitia is the 'Holy Spirit speaking' - Joshua J. McElwee, ( National Catholic Reporter, October 14, 2016.
See marks 50 years as Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis  - Bob Zyskowski ( The Catholic Spirit , October 7, 2016).
We Welcome Your Feedback
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CCCR Strategic Focus
Empower laity to claim a meaningful role in the Church
Evolve our relationship with the Archdiocese
to collaborate
 while maintaining our integrity as an organization.