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The Vatican has released a questionnaire as part of the consultation process in the lead up to the October 2015 Synod. The Australian Bishops have consolidated this into 30 questions. We encourage you all to take part in this survey.
Take advantage of this final opportunity to have your say.
Answer as many or as few questions as you wish. Approx. time frame is 2-30 minutes.
Submissions close this coming Monday, 2nd February.
Complete the Survey Online
Preview the Questions below, and use the online survey to submit your responses.
Survey in preparation for the second Synod on the Family (2015)
- Does the final Synod Document offer an adequate account of marriage and the family or does more need to be said?
- What is being done to help families cope in the midst of great social changes? What more could be done, especially in helping them to understand those changes?
- What is being done to ensure that governments support marriage and the family in every way possible? What more could be done?
- What is being done to support strong families? What more could be done?
- What is being done to help families in trouble? How might troubles be prevented? How effectively is pastoral care being offered to families “on the periphery”?
- How can we help individuals and couples grow in affective or emotional maturity?
- What needs to be done to equip ordained ministers and others to work effectively in the area of marriage and the family?
- Does the encounter with Christ shape pastoral care in the area of marriage and the family? How well is Scripture used in the pastoral care of couples and families?
- What values are in fact most important in the area of marriage and the family in the eyes of young people and married couples? What counter-values are evident?
- How can couples living together before marriage or in de facto relationships be encouraged to choose marriage?
- What is being done to help people understand the greatness and beauty of the indissolubility of marriage? What more could be done?
- How can we help people understand better the power of a relationship with God in marriage and of the grace of the Sacrament in their lives?
- How can we help people understand better that marriage is a key part of God’s original plan and is therefore a way of fulfilment not confinement, joy not sorrow?
- How can the family be helped to become “the domestic Church” with a missionary vocation? How can we help develop a family spirituality?
- What can be done to provide an effective and comprehensive catechesis of marriage and the family, starting in early life and involving life-long formation?
- Do we need to shape a new language in the area of marriage and the family? If so, how?
- How effective is the marriage preparation that is being offered? How might it be more effective?
- Do we need to do more to support couples in the early years of married life? If so, what?
- What place do marriage and the family have in the RCIA?
- What movements and associations are there in the area of marriage and the family? Can these contribute more broadly and effectively?
- What are the challenges of mixed marriages and inter-religious marriages? How can we meet them more effectively?
- Apart from sacramental marriage, what can be done to foster appreciation of “natural marriage”?
- How can we respond compassionately to people in irregular unions while remaining faithful to the teaching of Christ and the Church?
- Does the process of declaring nullity need to be simpler, less difficult and less costly?
- How can we respond better to people of same-sex attraction and their families?
- How can we communicate more effectively the Church’s vision of married love and the beauty and dignity of parenthood as presented, for example, in Humanae Vitae?
- What more can be done to promote a sense of parenthood as divine vocation? What more can be done to help parents in their educational mission, especially in transmitting the faith to their children?
- How can we encourage adoption and foster-parenting as signs of fruitful generosity?
- What more can we do to prevent abortion and foster a genuine culture of life?
- How can we help all people see that no-one is beyond God’s mercy?
This is the first part of a video series by the Missionaries of God’s Love – an Australian religious order with priests, sisters and brothers.
This Sunday, we celebrate the Epiphany – a Greek word that means ‘manifestation’. It marks the visit of the Magi from the East who followed the star seeking the Christ. We include some commentary on the feast for your reflection.
Our modern culture suggests a tension between spirituality and religion. But the Magi in today’s Gospel demonstrate that when spirituality is lifted up by revelation – when the Magi are told by the religious leaders where the Messiah is to be born – that we find the object of our spiritual longing.
To hear Fr Robert Barron’s homily (15 mins): here
If you missed the spectacular and moving light show on St Mary’s Cathedral this year, you can watch here.
Our Lady of the Rosary Parish wishes all our parishioners, visitors and guests, joyful blessings for Christmas. May the wonder of the Christ child renew your hearts and faith.
Pope Francis today assured that Christ is coming into our lives this Christmas and is asking for a response like Mary’s, but warned that we might be too busy to pay attention. The Pope made this reflection today during his address before praying the midday Angelus with those gathered in St. Peter’s Square.
He suggested two aspects to learn from Mary, as a guide to preparing for Christmas. The first is her “‘here I am’ full of faith’. Mary does not know which paths she will have to trod, which sorrows she will have to suffer, which risks she will face,” the Pontiff said. “But she knows that it is the Lord who is asking, and she trusts totally in Him and abandons herself to His love. This is Mary’s faith.”
The other aspect to learn from “this simple young woman of Nazareth,” the Pope said, is her ability to “recognize the time of God.” She makes the Incarnation possible, “thanks to her humble and courageous ‘yes,’” Pope said. “Mary teaches us to welcome the favorable moment in which Jesus comes into our lives and asks for a generous and prepared response.”
Jesus is coming this Christmas in the “today of the liturgy,” the Pope explained. “The Word, who dwelled in the virginal womb of Mary, in the celebration of Christmas, comes to call anew the heart of each Christian. He comes by and calls. Each one of us is called to respond, as Mary did, with a personal and sincere ‘yes,’ placing ourselves fully at the disposal of God and his mercy.”…. “How many times Jesus comes in our lives and how many times he sends us an angel. And how many times we don’t realize it because we are very busy, submerged in our thoughts, in our activities, and in these days, in the preparation for Christmas, and we don’t realize the one who is passing by and knocking at the door of our hearts asking to be welcomed, asking for a ‘yes’ like that of Mary.”
The Pope said that when we feel in our hearts a desire to be better, to repent, that the Lord is the source of that feeling. “If you feel this, stop,” he said. “The Lord is there. Go to pray, and maybe go to confession to clean up the dwelling a bit. This is good. But remember well, if you feel this desire to improve, it is He who is calling. Do not let him pass by.” Pope Francis concluded by inviting the faithful to learn from Mary’s and Joseph’s example, and to “welcome Jesus with an entirely open soul.”
“Jesus”, he said, “comes to bring to the world the gift of peace. […] The precious gift of Christmas is peace and Christ is our true peace. And Christ calls to our hearts to give us peace. Peace of the soul. Let us
open the gates to Christ.”
*Quoted from Vatican City, December 21, 2014 (Zenit.org)