A message from the pastor
CRANFORD, NJ – St. Michael’s Church is hosting a “Listen and Discuss Session” as part of the Synod of Bishops on “The Vocation and Mission of the Family in the Church and Contemporary World.” Monsignor Timothy Shugrue invites parishioners to attend. The Pope, via the Synod, wants to know what "the people in the pews" think.
As you may know from the parish e-mail blast or from the insert in last Sunday's Bulletin, the Archdiocese is conducting a series of meetings to elicit responses of lay Catholics to questions arising from the first phase of the Synod of Bishops on "The Vocation and Mission of the Family in the Church and Contemporary World." Pope Francis has stressed his desire to have a broad consultation among the Faithful of the Church as the Bishops prepare recommendations that will influence pastoral life for Catholics throughout the world in the years ahead. These "Listen and Discuss Sessions" will help in formulating the response of the Archdiocese of Newark that will be submitted to the Synod Organizing Commission. St. Michael's has been selected as the site for the Session for Union County, which is scheduled for Thursday, March 5, from 7:30 to 10:00 p.m. in St. Michael's School Auditorium.
My purpose in this letter is; 1) to encourage you to participate in this session as members of St. Michael's Parish, to add your own observations in response to the Synod's questions and 2) to invite you to assist in the running of the session as a table leader or recorder, or in a role of hospitality (greeter, refreshments, etc.). All materials will be provided: "table leaders" will simply pose questions for one's small group and encourage participation in the group's discussion; "recorders" will note the comments of participants for reporting back to the Session Leader. Greeters will assist in welcoming visitors from other Union County parishes and directing them to a coatroom, restrooms, etc. Refreshments will be coordinated through our Parish Office, but we will need assistance at the refreshments table itself. It is a privilege for St. Michael's to host this important gathering, and I will be grateful for whatever help you may be able to provide.
If you plan to attend - either just as a participant or in one of the roles described above - please contact the Parish Office (908-276-0360): this will help us to be prepared to assure a fruitful experience for all who participate.
Thank you and God bless you
Msgr. Tim Shugrue
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