Caritas Calling! January / February 2022

A Monthly Bulletin for our local parishes, charities and Catholic Agencies

  1. World Peace Day 2022: Education, work and dialogue between generations
  2. Pope’s Peace Day message: ‘Everyone has a creative role to play in building peace’
  3. Pope invites Catholics to join Caritas ‘Together We‘ campaign launched on 13 December 2021
  4. “Families are thus called to bridge generationsin passing on the values that forge true humanity”
  5. In-work poverty blighting young lives says SVP
  6. The Pope’s Prayer intentions:

January – For true human fraternity

February – For religious sisters and consecrated women

  1. The Cycle of Prayer
  2. For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, and Mission – The Main Question and Ten Themes
  3. World Peace Day 2022: Education, work and dialogue between generations

https://www.cbcew.org.uk/world-peace-day-2022-education-work-and-dialogue-between-generations/

Tuesday, December 7th, 2021 – The Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development has released the title of the papal message for the next World Peace of Day. In a communique, the Dicastery stated that the theme for the 55th World Day of Peace, to be held on 1 January 2022, will be:

Education, work and dialogue between generations: tools for building lasting peace”.

Three contexts

In its communiqué, the Dicastery writes that “Pope Francis thus identifies three vast contexts today in full mutation, to propose an innovative reading that responds to the needs of current and future times, inviting everyone ‘to read the signs of the times with the eyes of faith’, so that the direction of this change awakens new and old questions with which it is right and necessary to be confronted”.

Questions

From the three identified contexts, the communiqué adds, the following questions arise:

  • Does work in the world respond, more or less, to the vital need of humans for justice and freedom?
  • Are the generations truly in solidarity with each other?
  • Do they believe in the future?
  • Do governments succeed in setting a horizon of peace in this context?

World Peace Day

World Peace Day was established by Pope Paul VI in his December 1967 message and celebrated for the first time in January 1968. Source: Vaticannews.va

  1. Pope’s Peace Day message: ‘Everyone has a creative role to play in building peace’

The Holy See Press Office hosted a press conference on Tuesday 21st December 2021 to coincide with the release of Pope Francis’ message for the 55th World Day of Peace, held on 1 January. The Pope’s message goes under the title: “Dialogue Between Generations, Education and Work: Tools for Building Lasting Peace”. Full message: https://tinyurl.com/2p9ftchp. See also: – https://tinyurl.com/2p8jrjv7

  1. Pope invites Catholics to join Caritas ‘Together We‘ campaign launched on 13 December 2021

Pope Francis encouraged people to take part in a new global campaign launched by Caritas Internationalis, the Vatican-based umbrella organisation for national Catholic charities. The three-year campaign aims to bring people together, especially on the grassroots level, to combat poverty, restore dignity to the marginalised and protect nature, as part of putting Pope Francis’ encyclicals Laudato Si’ and Fratelli Tutti into practice and responding to his call for integral ecology and a new kind of solidarity. Titled, “Together We”, the campaign was launched […]as part of the celebration of the 70th anniversary of Caritas Internationalis; the celebration including an online and onsite conference in Rome reflecting on the confederation’s mission and how it can move forward in a continued spirit of synodality. Pope Francis extended his “best wishes to Caritas Internationalis” after praying the Angelus with visitors in St. Peter’s Square yesterday and encouraging the confederation to grow “and get stronger”. Throughout the world, local Caritas organisations represent “the church’s loving hand outstretched to the poor and most vulnerable, in whom Christ is present,” he said. He invited Caritas members to “carry your service forward with humility and creativity so as to reach the most marginalised and to foster integral development as the antidote to a throwaway culture and indifference.” The Pope also asked the Caritas Internationalis confederation, which helps coordinate the 162 autonomous, national Caritas organisations operating in 200 countries and territories, to “continue your work in streamlining the organisation so that the money doesn’t go to the organisation but to the poor. Streamline the organisation well.” The Pope encouraged everyone to take part in Caritas Internationalis’ new “Together We” global campaign, which is “founded on the strength of the community in promoting the care of creation and the poor”. He said: “The wounds inflicted on our common home have devastating effects on the least. But communities can contribute toward a necessary ecological conversion.” Caritas Internationalis was founded in 1951 as a response to Pope Pius XII’s wish to create a coordinating body to address the humanitarian needs that emerged at the end of the Second World War and assist the victims of the conflict… [Extract: The Tablet, 13.12.2021].

See: ‘Together We’: https://youtu.be/RKIPeHGNkQI; Caritas Internationalis: https://www.caritas.org/togetherwe/

  1. “Families are thus called to bridge generationsin passing on the values that forge true humanity”

The Church is celebrating the Amoris Laetitia Family Year in the runup to the World Meeting of Families set for 26 June 2022. As part of that event, and in the midst of the Christmas Season, Pope Francis released a letter for married couples across the globe on Sunday 26th December, the Feast of The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. The Pope first expressed his desire that families feel his “affection and closeness at this very special time,” which has been marked by the Covid-19 pandemic and recurring lockdowns. The following is an extract:…As I have already noted, we are becoming increasingly aware of the laity’s identity and mission in the Church and in society. You have the mission of transforming society by your presence in the workplace and ensuring that the needs of families are taken into due account. Married couples too should take the lead (primerear[2] in their parochial and diocesan community through their initiatives and their creativity, as an expression of the complementarity of charisms and vocations in the service of ecclesial communion. This is especially true of those couples who, together with the Church’s pastors, “walk side by side with other families, to help those who are weaker, to proclaim that, even amid difficulties, Christ is always present to them”. [3]

Therefore, I encourage you, dear married couples, to be active in the Church, especially in her pastoral care of families. “Shared responsibility for her mission demands that married couples and ordained ministers, especially bishops, cooperate in a fruitful manner in the care and custody of the domestic Churches”. [4] Never forget that the family is the “fundamental cell of society” ( Evangelii Gaudium, 66).  Marriage is an important part of the project of building the “culture of encounter” ( Fratelli Tutti, 216). Families are thus called to bridge generations in passing on the values that forge true humanity. New creativity is needed, to express, amid today’s challenges, the values that constitute us as a people, both in our societies and in the Church, the People of God. Link to the Pope’s Letter: – https://tinyurl.com/2nw37kkb.

  1. ‘In-work poverty blighting young lives says SVP’ :- 20 December 2021, The Tablet, by Ellen Teague

In-work poverty is having a devastating effect on children, according to a report by the St Vincent de Paul Society. The report, Stealing futures – In-work poverty and its impact on children and young people, pulls together existing research and reports from children and young people supported through the SVP’s Mini-Vinnies groups, as well as from SVP volunteers, staff and St Vincent’s community support centres who work with people living in poverty. The report draws on a recent study from the Institute for Public Policy Research which found that rates of poverty in working households increased to a new high of 17 per cent in the first quarter of 2021, equivalent to more than one in six households. At the end of 2020, the Trussell Trust reported a spike in the number of people using food banks for the first time. This has been corroborated by the SVP’s frontline services across the country throughout this year…

  1. The Pope’s Prayer intentions: [Visit: www.thepopevideo.org each month for the latest video]

January – For true human fraternity

“We pray for all those suffering from religious discrimination and persecution; may their own rights and dignity be recognized, which originate from being brothers and sisters in the human family.”

February – For religious sisters and consecrated women

“We pray for religious sisters and consecrated women; thanking them for their mission and their courage; may they continue to find new responses to the challenges of our times.”

 

  1. The Cycle of Prayerhttp://www.liturgyoffice.org.uk/Calendar/Cycle/Index.shtml

Throughout Advent and Christmas we are asked to pray for the following intentions:

Openness to the Word of God – especially on Bible Sunday (Second Sunday in Advent);

Migrants and Refugees – especially on Migrants’ Day (3 December)

Expectant Mothers – especially on Fourth Sunday in Advent

Throughout Ordinary Time: Winter we are asked to pray for the following intentions:

Peace on Earth – especially on 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time  and Racial Justice Day Sunday 13 February.

Christian Unity – especially during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: 18–25 January.

Victims of Human Trafficking – especially on feast of St Josephine Bakhita — 8 February

The Sick and those who care for them – especially on World Day of Prayer for the Sick — 11 February

The Unemployed – especially on the Sunday before 1st Sunday of Lent.

  1. For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, and Mission – The Main Question and Ten Themes

The theme of the Synod is “For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, and Mission.” The three dimensions of the theme are communion, participation, and mission. These three dimensions are profoundly interrelated. They are the vital pillars of a Synodal Church. There is no hierarchy between them. Rather, each one enriches and orients the other two. There is a dynamic relationship between the three that must be articulated with all three in mind.

The Main Question for Consultation [Vademecum 5.3]

This Synod poses the following fundamental question: A synodal Church, in announcing the Gospel, “journeys together.” How is this “journeying together” happening today in your local Church? What steps does the Spirit invite us to take in order to grow in our “journeying together”? (PD, 26)

In responding to this question, we are invited to:

– Recall our experiences: What experiences of our local Church does this question call to mind?

– Re-read these experiences in greater depth: What joys did they bring? What difficulties and obstacles have they encountered? What wounds did they reveal? What insights have they elicited?

– Gather the fruits to share: Where in these experiences does the voice of the Holy Spirit resound?

What is the Spirit asking of us? What are the points to be confirmed, the prospects for change, the steps to be taken? Where do we register a consensus? What paths are opening up for our local Church?

To help people explore this fundamental question more fully, the following themes highlight significant aspects of “lived synodality” (PD, 30). In responding to these questions, it is helpful to remember that “journeying together” occurs in two deeply interconnected ways. First, we journey together with one another as the People of God. Next, we journey together as the People of God with the entire human family. These two perspectives enrich one another and are helpful for our common discernment towards deeper communion and more fruitful mission.

The questions accompanying each of the following ten themes can be used as a starting point or helpful guideline. Your conversation and dialogue do not need to be limited to the following questions:

  1. COMPANIONS ON THE JOURNEY: In the Church and in society we are side by side on the same road.

In our local Church, who are those who “walk together”? Who are those who seem further apart? How are we called to grow as companions? What groups or individuals are left on the margins?

  1. LISTENING: Listening is the first step, but it requires an open mind and heart, without prejudice. How is God speaking to us through voices we sometimes ignore? How are the laity listened to, especially women and young people? What facilitates or inhibits our listening? How well do we listen to those on the peripheries? How is the contribution of consecrated men and women integrated? What are some limitations in our ability to listen, especially to those who have different views than our own? What space is there for the voice of minorities, especially people who experience poverty, marginalization, or social exclusion?
  2. SPEAKING OUT: All are invited to speak with courage and parrhesia, that is, in freedom, truth, and charity.What enables or hinders speaking up courageously, candidly, and responsibly in our local Church and in society? When and how do we manage to say what is important to us? How does the relationship with the local media work (not only Catholic media)? Who speaks on behalf of the Christian community, and how are they chosen?
  3. CELEBRATION: “Walking together” is only possible if it is based on communal listening to the Word and the celebration of the Eucharist.How do prayer and liturgical celebrations actually inspire and guide our common life and mission in our community? How do they inspire the most important decisions? How do we promote the active participation of all the faithful in the liturgy? What space is given to participating in the ministries of lector and acolyte?
  4. SHARING RESPONSIBILITY FOR OUR COMMON MISSION: Synodality is at the service of the mission of the Church, in which all members are called to participate.Since we are all missionary disciples, how is every baptised person called to participate in the mission of the Church? What hinders the baptised from being active in mission? What areas of mission are we neglecting? How does the community support its members who serve society in various ways (social and political involvement, scientific research, education, promoting social justice, protecting human rights, caring for the environment, etc.)? How does the Church help these members to live out their service to society in a missionary way? How is discernment about missionary choices made and by whom?
  5. DIALOGUE IN CHURCH AND SOCIETY: Dialogue requires perseverance and patience, but it also enables mutual understanding.To what extent do diverse peoples in our community come together for dialogue? What are the places and means of dialogue within our local Church? How do we promote collaboration with neighbouring dioceses, religious communities in the area, lay associations and movements, etc.? How are divergences of vision, or conflicts and difficulties addressed? What particular issues in the Church and society do we need to pay more attention to? What experiences of dialogue and collaboration do we have with believers of other religions and with those who have no religious affiliation? How does the Church dialogue with and learn from other sectors of society: the spheres of politics, economics, culture, civil society, and people who live in poverty?
  6. ECUMENISM: The dialogue between Christians of different confessions, united by one baptism, has a special place in the synodal journey.What relationships does our Church community have with members of other Christian traditions and denominations? What do we share and how do we journey together? What fruits have we drawn from walking together? What are the difficulties? How can we take the next step in walking forward with each other?
  7. AUTHORITY AND PARTICIPATION: A synodal church is a participatory and co-responsible Church. How does our Church community identify the goals to be pursued, the way to reach them, and the steps to be taken? How is authority or governance exercised within our local Church? How are teamwork and co-responsibility put into practice? How are evaluations conducted and by whom? How are lay ministries and the responsibility of lay people promoted? Have we had fruitful experiences of synodality on a local level? How do synodal bodies function at the level of the local Church (Pastoral Councils in parishes and dioceses, Presbyteral Council, etc.)? How can we foster a more synodal approach in our participation and leadership?
  8. DISCERNING AND DECIDING: In a synodal style we make decisions through discernment of what the Holy Spirit is saying through our whole community. What methods and processes do we use in decision-making? How can they be improved? How do we promote participation in decision-making within hierarchical structures? Do our decision-making methods help us to listen to the whole People of God? What is the relationship between consultation and decision-making, and how do we put these into practice? What tools and procedures do we use to promote transparency and accountability? How can we grow in communal spiritual discernment?
  9. FORMING OURSELVES IN SYNODALITY: Synodality entails receptivity to change, formation, and on-going learning. How does our church community form people to be more capable of “walking together,” listening to one another, participating in mission, and engaging in dialogue? What formation is offered to foster discernment and the exercise of authority in a synodal way?

The Synod website provides suggestions on how to pose these questions to various groups of people in simple and engaging ways. Each diocese, parish, or ecclesial group should not aim to cover all the questions but should discern and focus on those aspects of synodality most pertinent to its context. Participants are encouraged to share with honesty and openness about their real-life experiences, and to reflect together on what the Holy Spirit might be revealing through what they share with one another.

https://www.synod.va/en.html

  1. Principles of a Synodal Process: 2. Principles of a Synodal Process

2.1 Who can participate?

We see throughout the Gospels how Jesus reaches out to all. He does not only save people individually but as a people that he gathers together, as the one Shepherd of the entire flock (cf. John 10:16). The ministry of Jesus shows us that no one is excluded from God’s plan of salvation.

The work of evangelization and the message of salvation cannot be understood without Jesus’ constant openness to the widest possible audience. The Gospels refer to this as the crowd, composed of all the people who follow Jesus along the path and everyone that Jesus calls to follow him. The Second Vatican Council highlights that “all human beings are called to the new people of God” (LG, 13). God is truly at work in the entire people that he has gathered together. This is why “the entire body of the faithful, anointed as they are by the Holy One, cannot err in matters of belief. They manifest this special property by means of the whole people’s supernatural discernment in matters of faith when from the Bishops down to the last of the lay faithful, they show universal agreement in matters of faith and morals” (LG, 12). The Council further points out that such discernment is animated by the Holy Spirit and proceeds through dialogue among all peoples, reading the signs of the times in faithfulness to the teachings of the Church.

Dioceses are called to keep in mind that the main subjects of this synodal experience are all the baptised. Special care should be taken to involve those persons who may risk being excluded: women, the handicapped, refugees, migrants, the elderly, people who live in poverty, Catholics who rarely or never practice their faith, etc. Creative means should also be found in order to involve children and youth.

 

Together, all the baptised are the subject of the sensus fidelium, the living voice of the People of God. At the same time, in order to participate fully in the act of discerning, it is important for the baptised to hear the voices of other people in their local context, including people who have left the practice of the faith, people of other faith traditions, people of no religious belief, etc. For as the Council declares: “The joys and the hopes, the griefs and the anxieties of the men of this age, especially those who are poor or in any way afflicted, these are the joys and the hopes, the griefs and the anxieties of the followers of Christ. Indeed, nothing genuinely human fails to raise an echo in their hearts” (GS, 1).

For this reason, while all the baptized are specifically called to take part in the Synodal Process, no one – no matter their religious affiliation – should be excluded from sharing their perspective and experiences, insofar as they want to help the Church on her synodal journey of seeking what is good and true. This is especially true of those who are most vulnerable or marginalized.

Prayer for the Synod: Adsumus Sancte Spiritus 

We stand before You, Holy Spirit,

as we gather together in Your name.

With You alone to guide us,

make Yourself at home in our hearts;

Teach us the way we must go

and how we are to pursue it.

We are weak and sinful;

do not let us promote disorder.

Do not let ignorance lead us down the wrong path

nor partiality influence our actions.

Let us find in You our unity

so that we may journey together to eternal life

and not stray from the way of truth

and what is right.

All this we ask of You,

who are at work in every place and time,

in the communion of the Father and the Son,

forever and ever.

Amen.

Deep peace of the running wave to you,

Deep peace of the flowing air to you,

Deep peace of the quiet earth to you, 

Deep peace of the shining stars to you, 

Deep peace of the watching shepherds to you,

Deep peace of Christ, the Light of the world, to you.

For more details on any of the items in this Bulletin, or to consider forming a parish Caritas team,

please contact: Jim Barnaville, Coordinator, Caritas Archdiocese of Cardiff. Email caritas@rcadc.org