In preparation for the General Synod on the Family, which takes place in the Vatican in October this year, Pope Francis has invited Catholics around the world to offer their feedback to assist the discussions at the Synod on the Family.The theme for this second Synod on the Family (following on from the Extraordinary Synod in October 2014) is "The Vocation and Mission of the Family in the Church and the Contemporary World".
The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference received the official "lineamenta", or preparatory documents, from the Vatican just prior to Christmas.
These are intended to guide the receipt of final input from the individual bishops' conferences.Australian Dioceses have been given a survey consisting of 30 questions related to family issues and the pastoral response of the church. Everyone is welcome to respond to this survey. Parishes and schools in the Diocese of Sale have hard copies and digital copies of the survey.Unfortunately the time frame for response is once again brief, closing on Friday 6th February.This a logistical necessity in order for the Vatican receive submissions from around the globe by around early March.Participation in this latest survey is an invitation to take an active role in shaping how the church shares the Gospel and best respond to the pastoral needs of those around us.To access the survey please click Sale Diocese Family Survey 2015To read the preparatory document (Lineamenta) please click Lineamenta - Synod Of Bishops - October 2015
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