Cardinal John’s Newsletter – 26 Jan 2017

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Dear Friends
Already a month into 2017 it’s easy to acknowledge how quickly the weeks fly by. I am very conscious that one of the major challenges for me, and part of the work of all of us this year, is the Archdiocesan Synod to take place in September. Although it will not just be September, the Synod Planning Committee has already been hard at work. Hopefully you are already praying and imploring the Spirit of God to inspire and guide us. I have asked that every parish pray the Synod Prayer at every Sunday Mass between now and September 24th, please do so. Naturally all the other work of our parishes, schools, colleges and organizations has to continue this year, because pastoral, spiritual, sacramental, and educational needs must be attended to. However we also need to plan for the future, discern directions for the future and see how we will respond to them as the Church of Wellington.
I will be inviting ALL people of the Archdiocese to engage in the Synod preparation process, to pray, reflect, discuss and prepare for the future. This will require all of us who are in positions of leadership to be ready to encourage, support and give confidence to all people as we invite them to participate. We do this because we want the best for the Church of Wellington, we do this because we know we cannot stand still, we do this because we know what the Gospel offers us, we do this because we know who Jesus is, we do this because like Peter we too say “Lord, to whom can we go? You have the words of eternal life.” (John 6: 68).
All readers of this newsletter, please pray for the success of the Synod, please support it in every way and do all you can to encourage others to engage in the Synod process.
With all good wishes and blessings for 2017, and with my prayers in gratitude for all that you do.
+ John

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