2014 Synod on the Family in Rome
For the last week and thru October 19 the Synod of Families is being held in Rome. According to the Second Vatican Council’s Dogmatic Constitution on the Church: “The family, is so to speak, the domestic Church.” (Lumen Gentium #11) This means that it is in the context of the fa mily that we first learn who God is and to prayerfully seek His will f or us. "Families are the domestic Church, where Jesus grow s; he grows in the love of spouses, he grows in the lives of ch ildren. Families are this domestic Church." These were Pope Francis’ words on June 1st, at the Olympic Stadium, before more than 52,000 people gathered for the XXXVII National Congress of the Renewal in the Holy Spirit. Grandparents were, however, called on by the Pope spontaneously: "Grandparents! Are 'insurance' of our faith, the 'old folks'. Young people must carry out the Law, the elderly—like good wine—have the freedom of the Holy Spirit. They are—he continued—the wisdom of the Church. Grandmothers and grandfathers are our strength and our wisdom, they have responsibility to share this wisdom with the young. May the Lord always give us wise elders! Elderly men and women who can pass on to us the memory of our people, the memory of the Church. May they also give us what the Letter to the Hebrews says about them: a sense of joy. It says that our forebears, our elders, greeted God's promises from afar. May t his be what they teach us." We invite you to come hear testimony of our youth and adults who are working towards a Domestic Church in their own lives. Our Celebrations of Faith will be held on October 15th in English, at 6:00 pm for dinner and on October 19th in Spanish after the Spanish mass at 1:30 pm.
Hope to see you there! Kathy Baldwin D.R.E