October 2014 saw some extraordinary events unfold as Pope Francis invited participants from all walks of life to attend an Extraordinary Synod to consider the ‘Pastoral Challenges to the Family in the Context of Evangelisation’. There was much media coverage surrounding the event and in further preparations for the 2015 Synod themed ‘The Vocation and Mission of the Family in the Church and in the Contemporary World’ the Bishops of England and Wales are asking members of the Catholic Church to reflect further on this crucial topic.
On the Feast of the Holy Family, the Bishops’ Conference published a document entitled ‘The Call, The Journey and The Mission’. The document invites us to reflect upon the various stages of family life – falling in love, engagement, the celebration of marriage, the early years; children, joys and sorrows, teenage children, alone as a couple, the elderly years; to look at this stages in the context of Sacred Scripture and Church teaching; and to present feedback for review to diocesan Family Life Commissions.
The feedback received will be reviewed by the Bishops and help formulate Cardinal Nichols input into the Synod later this year.
Don’t miss this opportunity to reflect on this wonderful topic and to have your say.
Clergy are also invited to reflect using a separate document. Both documents can be downloaded using the link below.