This October, the synod of bishops will gather in Rome — and women religious, priests & deacons, lay women & men will join them. Together, they will continue the deliberations from the past two years of the Church’s global listening process, which illuminated the hopes and dreams of the People of God. One of those dreams – raised clearly in nearly every report from around the globe – is to rethink women’s participation in the life of the Church.
Dear Sisters and Brothers of St. Vincent de Paul parish family, Greetings and happy summer.
You haven’t heard from me for a while because the Parish Council (PC) did not meet in July. We did meet for our regular meeting on August 8th.
This letter is a bit longer than usual. In addition to being a summary of what happened at Council, I have taken the liberty to share some information about how the Parish Council would hope to operate because of some questions that have come up.
Read the rest of Council President Geri Sicola’s letterhere.
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This beautiful votive candle-holder was made by young artisans at the South Baltimore Community Land Trust, which organization works for development without displacement. In our prayer alcove, the parish keeps this perpetual light beside the names of those who have been murdered in Baltimore City. St. Vincent’s, through the efforts of our Racial Equity Group, provides support for the SBCLT.
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Read and shareEnlarge the Space of Your Tent: the Document for the Continental Stage of the synodal process. This document “… is loaded with the exquisitely theological treasure contained in the experience of listening to the voice of the Spirit enacted by the People of God, allowing its sensus fidei to emerge.” Read the USCCB National Synthesis of the People of God
The parishioners of St. Vincent’s share a deep concern over the crises of abuse and lack of accountability in the Church, and the culture that contributed to this terrible situation. Committed to healing, justice, and peace, we call for, and work towards, the ecclesial and social change we so greatly need.
Vision Statement for the Committee on Church Reform We, the People of God, are birthing a more transparent and collaborative Church.
Mission Statement of the Committee on Church Reform We show up to initiate and grow transformative, reciprocal, and engaged relationships among laity, religious, and clergy. We hope to create and sustain meaningful change in the power dynamics and the structure of the Church. We will work toward the restoration and healing necessary due to the sexual abuse of children by priests and its cover-up.