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Rev. Edward J. Holterhoff, Pastor
Deacon Clark Rutledge, sfo
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Sunday, February 18, 2018
EXPRESSIONS by Father Ed
Youth Point the Future
This coming October Pope Francis will convene at the Vatican a world-wide Synod on Youth. Similar to the preparations of two previous synods, he has polled Catholic youth throughout the world asking them to relate their personal experiences and to express their hopes for the contemporary Church. This is very novel development, certainly in religion, because the ideas and opinions of young people usually are not given much attention, except perhaps in tech environments. Pope Francis, however, wisely understands the need to do this. By listening to young people, the Church can internalize a contemporary attitude and perhaps even re-engage the interests and participation of young people.
Dialogue and listening were two of the top-most recommendations of Vatican II. Unfortunately, they were ignored at almost every level of the Church, with the notable exception of women religious. Pope Francis, however, is encouraging a systemic practice of collaboration, replacing top-down authoritarianism with broad consultation and decision-making. His last two Synods on the Family were intended as examples for the wider Church. The Church will make less mistakes and probably retain more members if it functions in this way. Pope Francis believes, furthermore, that a pastoral style is more authentic than a dogmatic or legal approach. A pastoral church is people-focused and lets their situations and concerns influence its own directions and decisions. A pastoral church is more fluid and less rigid, more open and less definitive, more like the contemporary world.
We live nowadays in a constantly changing world which requires continual adaptation. The practice of the Church, however, does not demonstrate a convincing awareness of this new reality. The Church is increasingly perceived, especially by young people, as out of touch with the real concerns and issues of today’s times. It is primarily motivated by traditional beliefs, with little regard for contemporary thinking. In fact, it is often critical of the current age, without acknowledging its insights and advancements. On many issues, i.e., equality, sexuality, environment, the modern era is a conscience for the Church. Without welcoming these new perspectives, the Church cannot expect to be a vital community in the future. Contemporary developments are not going to revert backwards but rather continue to evolve. The Church will have to adjust to this contemporary context.
Youth, I believe, are looking for a community which embraces and supports them. With the constant change and stress they regularly experience, they need a stable community of values, but not absolutes which, without any input, they are merely expected to obey. Indeed, many adults feel the same way. A less vertical, hierarchical and a more horizontal and communitarian church is the model of the future.
WEEKLY MASS INTENTIONS
Saturday, February 17 5:30PM
+ Manuel Venancio by Silva Family Sunday, February 18, 8:30AM
+ Ron Smith by Joyce Smith
Sunday, February 18, 10:30AM
Youth of the Parish
Monday, February 19, 8:00AM
+ Maurice Fidalgo by Kathy Sachse Tuesday, February 20, 8:00AM
+ Manuel Venancio
Wednesday, February 21, 8:00AM
+ Jerry Hannula by JoAnn Jones Thursday, February 22, 8:00AM
+ Manuel Venancio
Friday, February 23, 8:00AM
+ Pat Clevenger by Jim Clevenger
Saturday, February 24, 8:00AM
+ Manuel Tomas by Joe & Iva
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