Advent and the Sacrament of Reconciliation
The call to renewal of our Christian life is a central part of our preparation for the feast of Christmas. In the Sacrament of Reconciliation (or Penance), we receive the gift of God’s mercy and forgiveness. The celebration of Advent should be an integral part of our preparation for the Feast of the Birth of Our Saviour. During this season of Advent, all Catholics are encouraged to make time to avail of the gift of God’s love and mercy in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on Pastoral challenges for the family
Pope Francis has announced that in October 2014 an Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on ‘Pastoral Challenges to the Family in the Context of Evangelisation’ will be held in the Vatican. All the faithful are encouraged to engage with the consultation which has been initiated by Pope Francis and to respond to the important questions raised on the theme of the family in the ‘Preparatory Document’. The “Preparatory Document” and accompanying questionnaire can be assessed via the diocese website www.achonrydiocese.org