October Looks a Busy Month

Wow !! October looks as if it could be a busy month !!

  • October 1st   Memorial of Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus, Virgin and Doctor of the Church - Scripture readings for Mass are here.
  • October 2nd  Memorial of the Guardian Angels. Scripture readings for Mass here
  • October 4th is Memorial St Francis of Assisi
  • October 6th - St Bruno (founder of the Carthusians)

The Pope prepares to appoint two new Doctors of the Church on October 7th.

From 7th - 28th October 2012 around 300 Catholic Bishops from around the world will come together in Rome for the XIII Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, to reflect on the theme of "The New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith". A Synod is an international meeting of bishops.

According to Pope Benedict XVI, the Synod is to be a moment to examine the journey that had been made in terms of spreading Gospel in the modern day and to resume with fresh impetus the urgent work still to be done in evangelising today’s world.


Two Bishops will represent England and Wales at the Synod:
Bishop Kieran Conry
Arundel and Brighton

Bishop Michael Campbell OSA

Lineamenta: This is a summary document prepared ahead of the Synod. Lineamenta means "outline" in Latin and the Holy See invites each country's Episcopal Conference to submit its response. The lineamenta helps provide the framework for reflection and discussion. 

Click here for full text : Synod on New Evangelisation: Lineamenta 

Instrumentum laboris

The Vatican has now published Instrumentum Laboris, the working document of the upcoming Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops meeting focusing on The New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith.
Click here for Full text

Official Year of Faith website of the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization

 The Year of Faith begins on 11 October, the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council, and it will end on the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Universal King, on 24 November 2013. It is also the twentieth anniversary of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. During the Year of Faith, Catholics are asked to study and reflect on the documents of Vatican II and the catechism so that they may deepen their knowledge of the faith.

For the Apostolic letter full text click here.

The UK site for New Evangelisation and further details can be obtained from here.
Another link with various features on new evangelisation in the UK and elsewhere is here.

Sacred Space 102fm is a great link for regular news and features of what is going on in Ireland and elsewhere.

I posted earlier this year with some reflections on evangelisation and this can be read by clicking here.
  • October 15th  - Memorial of Saint Teresa of Avila (Jesus), Virgin and Doctor of the Church Scripture readings for Mass here
  • October 17th - Memorial of Saint Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop and martyr. Scripture readings here.

  •  October 18th. Feast of St Luke Evangelist .Scripture readings here.

  • October 19th -Memorial of Saint John de Brébeuf and Saint Isaac Jogues, priests and martyrs, and their companions, martyrs. Scripture readings for Mass here.

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