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A newsletter devoted to the preparations of the 2014 Synod September 2013 • Volume 1, Issue 2

The Important Role of Laity in Preparing for the 2014 Synod By Randy Nohl, Chairperson Synod Preparatory Commission Our Holy Fathers Francis, Benedict XVI and John Paul II have all made clear the important role of laity: “‘Go and make disciples of all nations.’ … Three simple ideas: Go, do not be afraid and serve.” (Pope Francis at World Youth Day 2013) Lay people “must no longer be viewed as ‘collaborators,’ of the clergy but truly recognized as ‘coresponsible’ for the Church’s being and action thereby fostering the consolidation of a mature and committed laity.” “Make yourselves missionaries of Christ for your brothers and sisters, where they live, work and study or merely spend their leisure time.” (Pope Benedict XVI) “The lay faithful, precisely as members of the Church, have the vocation and mission of proclaiming the Gospel…” (Blessed Pope John Paul II) And so, when Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki announced plans for an Archdiocesan Synod to take place on Pentecost weekend June 7-8, 2014, he, too, was very clear in his desire that this be a gathering of “the faithful”– clergy AND lay people.

As he stated in the prologue of his recent Pastoral Letter, “Who Do You Say That I Am?,” “Our ultimate goal is for believers to renew their own spiritual fervor and reconnect to the supernatural source and transcendent power that has already motivated so many believers to build up the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, and indeed, change the world.” With that in mind, every parish throughout the archdiocese is being asked to hold a parish (or cluster) reflection session open to all parishioners in October or November 2013. These gatherings will reflect on Archbishop Listecki’s Pastoral Letter and then begin to identify pastoral priorities for the Synod. pastoral priorities for the future of the Church of southeastern Wisconsin. Feedback received at the parish sessions will be discussed further at The Synod planning starts with the District Gatherings in February and parish sessions, and input, especially March 2014 and ultimately at the Synod from lay people throughout the in June 2014. Lay people representing archdiocese, will be critical to this their parishes will join with clergy and process. I encourage you to check be a vital part of the district gatherings. with your parish to find out when Every parish will have a lay delegate participating in the actual Synod event. These delegates, along with priests, parish directors, deacons, parish staff members, other lay leaders, and representatives of religious communities, will discuss and discern

your parish reflection session will be held. This will be an exciting spirit-led process that will bear fruit for years to come in the archdiocese. You can find further information about the Synod and events leading up to it at

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Together We Can Reignite Our Catholic Faith In January, I released my Pastoral Letter, “Who Do You Say That I Am?” Inspired by the Year of Faith, I wanted By Archbishop to lay the Jerome E. Listecki groundwork for development of our vision of the Church in southeastern Wisconsin. Ultimately my hope is to reignite the fire and fervor for our Catholic faith throughout the archdiocese. I believe that by studying Scripture, contemplating “Church” and inspiring the Love of Jesus Christ in others, that we can ignite that fire. This fall, I invite each of you to participate in one of the parish reflection sessions being planned. What you consider during these sessions will inform conversations at district gatherings next spring and ultimately, at the Archdiocesan Synod on Pentecost weekend, June 7-8, 2014.

At the Synod, Catholics from across the Archdiocese of Milwaukee will develop a vision for the Church that will guide us for the next decade. I see the Synod as a convergence of The Year of Faith, our commitment to evangelization, as well as an opportunity to allow us to fulfill the mandate of Jesus and answer, “Who Do You Say That I Am?” As He came to the early Christians on Pentecost, I pray that Jesus will touch all of us with the fire of His love and embolden us to spread the Good News of the Gospel message. Read Archbishop Listecki’s Pastoral Letter, “Who Do You Say That I Am?” and additional documents and videos about the letter by visiting

Prayer in Preparation for the Synod O Lord, we accept your invitation to enter into the great mystery of your love and presence within your Church. Through word and sacrament, you lead us into communion with you. Relying on this spiritual intimacy, help open our hearts to the work of the Holy Spirit as we fashion our response to the cries of the poor who struggle to know Jesus. (Pause and silently mention your personal intentions) We give you thanks O Lord, for the men and women who have offered their lives as gifts to build His Church. Renew within us the “fire” that burns with the love of the Lord for our brothers and sisters. As we seek to fulfill our responsibilities through the Archdiocesan Synod, we stand with St. John the Evangelist, patron of the archdiocese, who was charged to care for Mary, Mother of the Church. Asking their intercession, we offer this prayer through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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Join the Conversation!

Parishes to Hold Synod Mornings/Evenings of Reflection

Catholics from all over the archdiocese are invited to participate in the upcoming Synod reflection sessions taking place at their respective parishes during October and November. “Your voice matters,” said Randy Nohl, Chairperson, Synod Preparatory Commission. “A Synod rarely occurs, and so in order to foster rich dialogue of our future, the Church needs all Her members to pray, share and discern during these sessions.” Each session will cover the following three topics: Catholic Identity – The Beauty of the Catholic Church Evangelization – Spreading the Good News and Making Disciples Stewardship – Understanding, Sharing and Multiplying God’s Gifts During each of the three sessions, participants will watch a short video, pray together, and participate in small group discussions.

Here’s a snap shot of some of the questions that have been prepared for the small group discussions:

Describe a time when you have experienced the gift of “communion” through your Catholic faith.

What can the Church do to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ in new ways to the people and culture of our day?

List two or three new and creative ways we can share the faith with those who are not actively involved in a parish. “The outcomes of these sessions is vital for the success of the Synod,” said Nohl. “There’s no better time to join the conversation!” For a schedule of your parish sessions, contact your pastor, parish director or parish Synod coordinator.

2014 Synod Commission Members Carol Abraham St. John, Twin Lakes Fr. John Burns Christ the King, Wauwatosa Gabriela Cabrera St. Patrick/Cristo Rey, Racine Barbara Anne Cusak Archdiocese of Milwaukee Fr. Jeff Haines, Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Milwaukee Debra Hintz, St. Catherine of Alexandria, Milwaukee Peggy Hughes Lumen Christi, Mequon Bishop Donald J. Hying Archdiocese of Milwaukee Shandera Johnson St. Michael/St. Rose, Milwaukee Gail Kraig Catholic East Elementary, Milwaukee Margie Mandli St. Anne, Pleasant Prairie Fr. Ricardo Martin Sacred Heart, Racine Randy Nohl Archdiocese of Milwaukee Deacon Sandy Sites, Good Shepherd, Menomonee Falls Andrew Schueller St. Charles, Hartland Sr. Alice Thepoulthay St. Michael/St. Rose, Milwaukee Tom Tuttle St. Anthony, Milwaukee Rosalita Villa Archdiocese of Milwaukee

Find Out More!

For more information on the Synod, visit htm, or contact Randy Nohl, director, John Paul II Center, (414) 758-2216,

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Unidos Podemos Reencender Nuestra Fe Católica

Excmo. Jerome E. Listecki Arzobispo de Milwaukee

establecer una base para desarrollar nuestra visión de la Iglesia aquí en el sureste de Wisconsin.

En enero, publiqué mi Carta Pastoral, “¿Quién dicen ustedes que Soy Yo?” Inspirado por el Año de la Fe, quería

Definitivamente, mi esperanza y oración es reencender el fuego y el fervor de nuestra fe católica en toda la arquidiócesis. Creo que al reunirnos para estudiar las Sagradas Escrituras, contemplar la “Iglesia,” e inspirar el Amor de Jesucristo en los demás, podemos encender ese fuego. Este otoño, les invito a que participen en una de las sesiones de reflexión de la parroquia que se están planificando. Lo que ustedes reflexionen en estas sesiones inspirará las conversaciones que se darán en las reuniones de distrito programadas para febrero y marzo del próximo año y posteriormente, en el sínodo arquidiocesano que se llevará a cabo el fin de semana de Pentecostés, el 7 y 8 de junio de 2014.

En el Sínodo, los católicos de toda la Arquidiócesis de Milwaukee desarrollarán una visión para la Iglesia que nos guiará durante la próxima década. Veo al Sínodo como una convergencia del Año de la Fe y nuestro compromiso para evangelizar, así como una oportunidad que nos permite cumplir con el mandato de Jesús y dar respuesta a su pregunta “¿Quién dicen ustedes que Soy Yo?” Al igual que Jesús vino a los primeros cristianos en Pentecostés, oro para que Él nos toque a todos con el fuego de Su amor y nos de la valentía para difundir la Buena Nueva del mensaje del Evangelio.

Oración en Preparación al Sínodo Oh Señor, aceptamos tu invitación para unirnos al gran misterio de tu amor y presencia dentro de tu Iglesia. A través de la palabra y los sacramentos, tú nos guías en comunión contigo. Confiando en esta cercanía espiritual, ayúdanos a abrir nuestros corazones a las obras del Espíritu Santo mientras discernimos nuestra respuesta a las aflicciones de los pobres que sufren por conocer a Jesús. (Pausar para reflexionar sobre sus intenciones personales) Oh Señor, damos gracias por los hombres y mujeres que han ofrecido sus vidas como ofrendas para edificar Tu Iglesia. Renueva en nosotros el “fuego” que arde con el amor del Señor por nuestros hermanos y hermanas. Mientras tratamos de cumplir con nuestras responsabilidades a través del Sínodo Arquidiocesano, nos unimos a San Juan el Evangelista, patrón de la arquidiócesis, a quien se le encargó el cuidado de María, Madre de la Iglesia. Pidiéndoles su intercesión, ofrecemos esta oración a través de Cristo nuestro Señor. Amén.

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