At this special time of our liturgical year we are urging you to take these action steps to help move our church forward
If moving our church forward is left up to bishops, it would have happened by now. It is time for us as the People of God to stop waiting for this and assume responsibility ourselves. Specifically, what is within our power to do?
Take the survey to give your input into the 2022 Peoples Synod
First, and foremost, Pope Francis has called for another synod in October 2022. The theme is to be a synod on creating synodality in our church. We share Pope Francis’s understanding that the term is generally understood to represent a process of discernment, with the aid of the Holy Spirit, involving bishops, priests, religious, and lay Catholics, each according to the gifts and charisms of their vocation. If we don't make our voices heard, our concern is the bishops will go on doing things as they've always done them - on their own with little or no involvement of they laity. We encourage you to take the survey put out by a group of Austrians getting more voices of the people included in the Lineamenta, which is the preparatory document to determine the topics to be discussed at this gathering and how it will be structure. We want to see lay people, especially woman and young adults to be included as participants and voting members. The survey is in both German and English. Here is the link in English: https://survey.zulehner.org/index.php/514332?lang=en. To take the survey in another language, go there and use www.translate.google to convert the survey to your language. if you would, please help spread the word and pass this onto to your list of contacts.
Encourage the Amazonian Ecclesial Network to follow through on their own resolutions voted on and agreed to for their region
Write to Cardinal Hummus to also encourage him to make the Amazonian resolutions a reality
Email the Synodal Path in Germany
Sign the petition sponsored by the Global Interfaith community
They are an ecumenical organization calling for an end to violence and criminalization against LGBT+ people and for a global ban on conversion therapy. Mary McAleese, the former president of Ireland, is one of the promoters. To participate, go to https://globalinterfaith.lgbt/.
Join with us and be part of reforming our Church
YOUR GIFT – IN ANY AMOUNT – IS PRICELESS
We wish all of you the best for the New Year. It can only get better. Thank you in advance for taking part in any or all of these actions. It doesn’t matter if you are an individual or part of a large organization. Every single outreach can make a difference in getting our church back on mission as Jesus intended it.