May 7-8, 2016

I've mentioned in past columns the November Synod which the Archdiocese is preparing to convene in November. You might recall that Evangelization is the theme of the Synod. We are hosting our parish listening session next Sunday. I encourage you to participate in this event, which begins at 2:00 pm in the parish hall and will end at 5:00 pm, or sooner if we finish our work. The task is not complicated. You will be asked to respond to a number of questions having to do with evangelization, following these main areas: Encounter, Grow, and Witness.

You do not need to be an expert in theology to be a valuable contributor to this process. I Know that you will enjoy the session and, along the way, get to know some of your fellow parishioners better. I have seen that these conversational formats bring a real sense of liveliness to our faith. I hope to see you there!

You should have received your annual CSA (Catholic Services Appeal) letter from me by now. Once a year we are asked to support much of the work of the Archiocese. I looked up a list of all the ministries, and it is really too long to include. You can find it through this link: http://www.aod.org/being-catholic/ways-to-give/catholic-services-appeal/your-csa-gifts-at-work/ Much of the services include vocation and priestly training needs, both vital for the life of any diocese. Please be as generous as you can.