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Bishop » Survey for the Synod on Families
In anticipation of the 2015 Synod of Bishops to be held in Rome this October 4-25, Pope Francis once again has asked Catholic Bishops worldwide for “broad consultation” on addressing contemporary family life issues as well as the Church’s role in the lived experience of family life.
The theme of the 2015 Synod is, “The Vocation and Mission of the Family in the Church and Contemporary World.” Leaving it up to the local bishops to decide the best way to gather information and contribute to the greater discussion, the Holy See has asked each bishop to use as a guide the final document of the 2014 extraordinary synod as the preparatory document (or lineamenta) of the 2015 ordinary synod. The original document includes 46 questions for consideration; the U.S. bishops must submit responses to the USCCB by March 20, 2015.
The Most Rev. Paul Gregory Bootkoski, Bishop of Metuchen, has decided the best way to approach answering this round of questions is to host a “Listening Session on the Lived Experience of Family Life.” Offered twice on the same day, in English and Spanish, the purpose of the listening session is to identify possible solutions to the various pastoral challenges of the family that were noted in the 2014 extraordinary synod.
All Catholics who reside in Middlesex, Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren counties are invited and encouraged to attend this interactive forum. Volunteers also are needed to serve as moderators and scribes. See event details below. Register online today -- or submit answers online, if you cannot attend. We want to hear from YOU!
In preparation for the
2015 Synod of Bishops on Family
with a focus on
“The Vocation and Mission of the Family in the Church and Contemporary World”
Bishop Paul G. Bootkoski
invites the faithful of the Diocese of Metuchen
to participate in a diocesan-sponsored
on the Lived Experience of Family Life
Wednesday, March 4, 2015*
1:30-4:00 PM –OR– 7:00-9:30 PM**
St. John Neumann Pastoral Center
146 Metlars Lane, Piscataway, NJ 08854
*SNOW DATE is Friday, March 6, 2015
**Please attend one of the two listening sessions offered on the same day. Choose a time that works best for you.
For more information, please contact the diocesan Chancery Office at email@example.com or 732-562-2439.
2015 Synod Preparatory Documents:
Dec 2014 Original Lineamenta Questions on “The Vocation and Mission of the Family in the Church
and Contemporary World” from the Synod Relatio Document
Dec 2014 Secretary General to the Episcopal Conferences' Letter Accompanying the Lineamenta
02-25-2014 Pope Francis' letter to families asking for prayer for the 2014 Synod on Families
12-02-2013 Press release on diocesan Survey on Synod for Families