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25 Feb 2015
In anticipation of the 2015 Synod of Bishops to be held in Rome this October, 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.”
Bishop Paul G. Bootkoski has decided that in the Diocese of Metuchen, the best way to approach answering the questions posed by the Vatican is to host a “Listening Session on the Lived Experience of Family Life.” To be offered 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.
The bishop not only invites, but encourages all Catholic parishioners who reside in Middlesex, Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren counties to attend a Listening Session on Wednesday, March 4 at the St. John Neumann Pastoral Center, Piscataway. Participants may choose to attend either an afternoon session from 1:30 to 4 p.m. or an evening session from 7 to 9 p.m.
While leaving it up to the local bishops to determine the best way to gather information and contribute to the greater discussion, the Holy Father 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 document, sent by the Vatican to the bishops for their consideration, includes 46 questions on the vocation and mission of the family in the Church and contemporary world. In the Metuchen diocese, the questions have been synthesized down to 13 that will be used at the Listening Session.
Catholics in the diocese who plan to participate in one of the two March 4 Listening Sessions are asked to register online by Monday, March 2 at http://diometuchen.org/survey-for-the-synod-on-families/.
Questions also are posted on the diocesan website in English and Spanish at http://diometuchen.org/synod-questions/. Those who are unable to attend the event but would like to participate are encouraged to submit their answers online by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 6.
Questions should be directed to the diocesan Chancery Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 732-562-2439.
The U.S. bishops must submit responses to the USCCB by March 20.
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