Marquette's Gesu prepares for first synod in 26 years

In preparation for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee’s 2014 Synod, the Church of the Gesu held its first of two parish reflection sessions Sunday. Gesu parishioners and church-goers were invited to discuss reform in the Archdiocese.

The synod, the first held by the archdiocese since 1987, will be “an assembly where the faithful deliberate on the pastoral needs of the diocese,” according to the Archdiocese’s website. Upon completion, it will map out Archdiocese reform that is set to occur over the next 10 to 15 years.

An estimated 25 participants at Sunday’s reflection session discussed Catholic identity and evangelization. The subdued role of Catholic women and low church approachability were some of the congregational issues identified by participants. [Yep, the Synod is taking up the topic of womenpriests.  Youbetcha!]

Mike Heimbach, facilitator of Sunday’s proceedings and Gesu parishioner, emphasized evangelization since the average age of departing Catholics is 23 years old.

“Evangelization is about reaching out to those who may have abandoned their faith and conversion within one’s own life, which is an ongoing process,” Heimbach said. “My prayer is that these meetings will inspire a greater fire within each and every one of you.”
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  1. as a side note a friend of mine assisted at a mass there a few Sundays ago which included a confirmation in it. The homily? The priest asked the newly confirmed student to come up and they "dialogued". This Synod will be lucky to put out a dialogue text...not much more

  2. Listecki would do that in LAX in the midst of the confirmation ritual. He'd talk to them between individual confirmations--which were done on the floor of the cathedral nave, not in the sanctuary, 'cause well, entering into the sanctuary feeds that nasty clericalism. Not only does the "dialogue" make the Mass unbearably long, it's pretty effective at destroying any elevated spiritual prayer the confirmandi might have been engaged in.


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