New Candidate Journeys

 

Who Shepherds the Church?

Our Summer 2024 Inquirers will review the different leaders of the Church and how their roles and responsibilities continue Christ’s mission. Christ is the head of the Church while the Pope, who is the Bishop of Rome, is the recognized lead of the Catholic Church on earth. We will talk about what is meant by papal infallibility and, in particular, specific conditions that must be present for a teaching to be safeguarded from error by the Holy Spirit.  

Titles of others ordained to serve and shepherd the Church are: Auxiliary Bishops, Archbishops, Cardinals, Diocesan Priests, Religious Priests, Pastors, Associate Pastors, Monsignors, Transitional Deacons and Permanent Deacons.  

Praying for our Church leaders should be part of our daily prayers. We should also pray for vocations to the religious life.  All Saints Parish is blessed to have three dedicated Priests and one Permanent Deacon shepherding our parish community.

The Church as Community

What comes to mind when we think of  “Church as Community”?  Paul wrote in Ephesians 

2:19-20,  “…you are fellow citizens with the holy ones and members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Jesus Christ…”.  The Community is a group, united together, with the Trinity as the source and foundation. 

Our Summer 2024 Inquirers will reflect on the Church as Community. Benefits of the Church Community come from the gifts we have and share with each other. We are all responsible for making Christ physically present to those with whom we live and work.  We seek to learn about the Church but also to work together, to be the body of Christ in the world today.