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Extraordinary Synod Survey
DIOCESE OF CHEYENNE
Office of the Bishop
Post Office Box 1468
Cheyenne, Wyoming 82003-1468
(307) 638-4818 (fax)
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
Recently, bishops around the world learned that our Holy Father, Pope Francis has called an Extraordinary Synod for next October, 2014. The theme for this gathering will be: Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization. In 2015, the Vatican will convene a follow-up assembly that will seek to develop "guidelines in the pastoral care of the person and the family."
As a preparation for this Extraordinary Synod, a preparatory document was developed to assist local bishops in gathering input from the faithful of his diocese. I am seeking the prayerful participation of the clergy, religious and lay faithful of the Diocese of Cheyenne.
Many modern day experiences are explored in the survey, such as: same-sex unions, cohabitation, pastoral programs for divorced and remarried people, pastoral programs for engaged and married couples, and the marriage annulment process.
This survey is not a public opinion poll, but is intended to be a prayerful reflection and response to challenges facing family life. At the beginning of the survey instrument, faithful will find a link to the background catechesis which they are asked to read.
The online instrument will be utilized to collate all responses submitted. Individuals who are unable to answer all of the questions are asked to provide responses to as many questions as possible, especially those which are indicated in bold.
The faithful are asked to complete the survey no later than December16, 2013.
With gratitude for your prayerful participation, I remain,
In The Heart of Christ,
The Most Reverend Paul D. Etienne, DD, STL
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For a more complete listing of all Diocesan calendar items, please visit our Calendar page.
Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe
This year, we celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on December 12.
Our Lady of Guadalupe is the patroness of the Americas, unborn children, and the New Evangelization. Our Lady of Guadalupe is unlike any other apparition of Our Lady. First, it is the only apparition where Our Lady has left a miraculous image of herself unmade by human hands. Second, it is the only piously venerated Madonna & Child image where Our Lady appears pregnant instead of with the Infant Jesus.
Search is designed to let participants experience the power of Jesus and His message through his disciples, other Catholics. Gather with a small group of young people from around the state to build a Catholic community and deepen your relationship with God and one another through faith in Christ. December 13-15 in Casper. Registration forms here, due by December 2. Registration forms and information...
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
Rally for Life
This year marks the 41st anniversary of the Roe versus Wade U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion in America. On Saturday, January 18, 2014 we will once again join efforts across the state as we gather in Cheyenne to Celebrate Life. The celebration of the Eucharist will be at 9:00 A.M. at the Cathedral of St. Mary. A complimentary breakfast will immediately follow in Hartmann Hall. A pre-march program sponsored by the Laramie County Right To Life begins at the Depot at 11:00 A.M. The Pro-Life March begins promptly at noon as we make our way to the state capitol. The Knights of Columbus will provide lunch following the march. In the evening we will have the annual Celebrate Life banquet at Little America. Abby Johnson will be the featured speaker and share her powerful testimony with us.
Please keep the clergy of the diocese in prayer as they gather for their annual institute from January 21—23, 2014.
Catholic Schools Week
Catholic Schools Week will be celebrated from January 26—February 1, 2014. The theme for this year is, “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge, and Services.” The Catholic schools in Wyoming continually strive to provide a superior academic education as well solid faith formation.