Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., will take part in the 2021 Spring General Assembly of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, which is being held virtually from June 16-18. Among the topics under consideration are whether the Bishops should draft a formal statement on the meaning of the Eucharist in the life of the Catholic Church; translations by the International Commission on English in the Liturgy for use in U.S. dioceses of the United States; the sainthood causes of two military chaplains revered for their heroism in World War II and the Korean War, and the possible drafting of a national pastoral framework for youth and young adults. Also on the agenda will be an update from the Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis on the Eucharistic Revival initiative; an update from the Subcommittee for Pastoral Care for Immigrants, Refugees and Travelers on a study by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate, and an update on the work of the Subcommittee on the Catechism.
For more information on the Bishops’ meeting and to view the proceedings via live videostream, click HERE.
Seminarians of the Diocese are spending this week on retreat in study and prayer. Daily activities will include Morning and Evening Prayer; retreat talks; Mass, time for individual prayer and reflection, and Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament.
Check in later this week with TrentonMonitor.com for coverage of this annual gathering.
Drawing upon inspiration from great saints who remained faithful in the face of adversity, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has assigned June 22-29 as Religious Freedom Week – a week beginning with the Feasts of Sts. John Fisher and Thomas More, ending with the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul and including the Feast of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist.
Religious Freedom Week, which replaces the Fortnight for Freedom that ran from 2012 to 2017, is a time to pray for and act on behalf of religious freedom both around the world and here in the United States.
The 2021 theme, “Solidarity in Freedom,” expresses the Church’s solidarity with all those who “seek the good and who hope for fulfillment in the truth, which the Church teaches is ultimately found in Jesus Christ,” according to the USCCB.
To learn more about this initiative and how you can get involved, click here.