From July 1-4, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops will be convening an unprecedented gathering of key leaders from dioceses and Catholic organizations from all across the country in order to assess the challenges and opportunities of our time, particularly in the context of the Church in the United States. This has been an ongoing initiative of the Bishops' Working Group on the Life and Dignity of the Human Person. The gathering will assemble Catholic leaders for a strategic conversation, under the leadership of the bishops, on forming missionary disciples to animate the Church and to engage the culture.
Our Diocese is sending a small delegation of 5 people in addition to Bishop LaValley. If you are interested in following along, EWTN will livestream starting at 1pm on Saturday. It will also be shown on the USCCB site.You can also follow the hashtag #CatholicConvo on twitter and aother social media.
Please keep our delegation and the entire Convocation in your prayers, that it will bear much fruit for our diocese and for the Church in the United States.
Prayer For The 2017 Convocation Of Catholic Leaders
O Holy Spirit, you who first enkindled in our hearts the joy of the Gospel,
renew that same joy in those who are preparing for the Convocation of Catholic Leaders.
Enflame the hearts of our bishops and their diocesan delegations,
leaders of national organizations and movements, clergy, religious and laity,
all who make this event possible, and Catholic leaders across the United States.
Move us to welcome the word of life in the depths of our hearts
and respond to the call of missionary discipleship.
O Holy Spirit, transform our hearts
and enable us to enter into the perfect communion
that you share with the Father and the Son.
Mary, Star of the New Evangelization, pray for us.
This wednesday, this blog is starting a new series of posts to introduce you to smartphone aps, podcasts, social media, and websites that may help you deepen your faith and share your faith.
The first website which I would like to share with you is:
CARPE VERBUM (carpeverbum.org) : Carpe Verbum means Seize the Word and it is a way to pray with the mass readings of the day aimed at teens, but great for adults as well. You can either look at it online as a blog post, get the link texted to you on your phone. It is a step-by-step daily prayer, with a link to the mass readings of the day, a reflection and some prompts to help you enter into a conversation with God.
JUNE 25: TWELFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME:
Do not be afraid, do not be afraid, there is no need to be afraid. How often do we hear the admonition, the command to not be afraid in scriptures? And yet, so often, we back away from the demands of our faith because, well, we are afraid. Jesus lays it out for us: following him will not be easy, but he will be with us the entire way and the way leads to eternal life! We are on a pilgrimage and we are called to boldly go and walk with Jesus and invite others along the way. Be not afraid.
JUNE 18: THE MOST HOLY BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST
Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you. It seems so simple. What is more basic than bread? Yet, just as we draw nourishment from bread, we draw life from the Eucharist and in this Sacrament, Christ pours himself out for us, remaining with us, always available to us. Do we take him for granted under these ordinary elements of bread and wine? Do we also take for granted that we should be present to others in the simple, everyday and ordinary means of giving of ourselves?
JUNE 11: THE MOST HOLY TRINITY
The readings for the solemnity of Trinity Sunday invite us to reflect on the nature of God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The readings, and especially the Gospel, reveal God as being merciful. God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him. Do we open ourselves up to his mercy? Do we turn to him for forgiveness in the Sacrament of Confession? In turn, do we strive to forgive those who have harmed us? Today, let us give glory to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit for the love he pours on us, and let us share that love with our neighbor.
JUNE 4: PENTECOST SUNDAY
“As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” At Baptism and Confirmation, we have received the gift of the Holy Spirit. We, too, like the disciples in today’s gospel, are called to go out and share the Good News. Pray to the Holy Spirit for the gifts we need to be a witness of Jesus Christ. Pray for awe, piety wisdom, understanding, knowledge, counsel, and courage. Be not afraid and invite others to explore the faith so as to come to know Jesus Christ, that they too may find the Peace he offers to all.
MAY 28: SEVENTH SUNDAY OF EASTER
Now this is eternal life, that they should know you, the one true God, and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ. At the end of his earthly life, Jesus prays for us. He desires one thing – that all will come to know him and be in relationship with him. Do you know Christ? Do you meet him in prayer, hear him through scripture, see him reflected in the people you encounter? Do you receive him in the Eucharist and come to know his love, mercy and grace through the Sacraments? Then pray for the Holy Spirit to come and for the opportunity to share his love with those who have yet to come to know him.
MAY 25: THE ASCENSION OF THE LORD
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit... It takes a disciple to make a disciple. We must continue to tell the story of our salvation, to tell the Great Story of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection. He is with us still. Through our love, our retelling of our lived faith experience, can we lead others to him, that they too, may encounter him, and come to know him.
MAY 21: SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER
If you love me, you will keep my commandments. Love God and neighbor. The Holy Spirit is the love between the Father and the Son. It is through the gift of the Spirit that we are able to love at all. It is through the Holy Spirit that God is with us, always. Encouraged by the gift of the Spirit, we can witness to this great love to all those who feel alone, abandoned and discouraged. As we enter these last two weeks of the Easter Season and look forward to Pentecost, let us pray for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit’s gifts, that others may know us by our love.