July 2017 Convocation Newsletter
...After prayerfully listening to the Word read, we then hear the Word expounded in the sermon. Confronted once again with the question of faith that the Gospel puts to us, we respond with conviction, “We believe.” Only then are we ready to pray, ask for forgiveness, make peace with God and each other, and finally move to making the sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving. The Creed is therefore the hinge, so to speak, between the liturgy of the Word and the sacrament. As the Eucharist flows from our need...
Speaking for all our faithful, I want to express our profound disgust and contempt for the recent defilement of the Great Mosque of Paris, emblem for Islam in France. The perpetrators of these hateful words attack all — believers and non-believers — who are loyal to the principles of our Republic.
The Committee of Finance revised the Convocation's reimbursement form & guidelines at its fall meeting in Rome.
The role of the Commission of the Ministry on the Baptized is to guide and empower all baptized people in discerning their call to serve in God's church. The Commission developed this resource, 'I Will, With God's Help' to offer initial support to individuals contemplating their roles as ministers in the church. The Commission offers an annual retreat to assist individuals in their process of discernment. The 2014 Discernment Conference is scheduled for November 7, in Namur, Belgium.