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Week of June 19, 2000
Assembly fulfills goals of synod
By JOHN MacDONALD
Special to the WCR
It may have taken some time to become a reality but the seed for Assembly 2000 was sown between 1993 and 1995 during our archdiocesan synod. To refresh your memory the five major goals of the assembly were as follows:
Assembly 2000, Sept. 14-17 at the Shaw Convention Centre, is your faith family gathering that has been about five years in the planning.
- To renew our commitment to support and strengthen family life in all its diversity.
- To gather as baptized members of our Church, to pray together, to read the sign of the times from a faith perspective, and to respond in a loving manner.
- To build and seek reconciliation by developing a spirit of welcome and hospitality among ourselves and by reaching out to those who feel alienated from us.
- To work with all people of good will in transforming society and in the promotion of justice, peace and love.
- To celebrate our equality before God, recognizing the beauty of the multi-faceted family our loving God has created.
It will be first and foremost a celebration by all and for all. It will be about learning, visioning, transforming society and having fun as a faith family. The whole family is invited including children, youth, teens, adults and seniors and it would be a shame to miss such a spirit-filled event.
If you have never been to a large gathering of Church such as this you are in for a pleasant surprise that will refresh and enliven your spirit. It is your Church and it is a changing Church.
Assembly 2000 is an opportunity for you and your family to be nurtured by the faith and wisdom of our Catholic tradition.
Plan to be there to take part in forming and energizing you, your family and our Church as we begin this new millennium.
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