August 3. Treasure. After their session with the bishop all the diocesan groups dealing with issues around sexuality felt challenged to reflect and study the topics raised. Further formation workshops were planned for them and for parishioners as part of a diocesan family ministry programme on “Catholics, the Church and Sex in the Modern World.” Knowledgeable speakers on different aspects would be invited to lead the discussions.
Reflect, share, act. Scripture :The kingdom of heaven is like a net which was thrown into the sea and gathered fish of every kind. Every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old. Matthew 13: 47-53. Pope Francis. In AL 50-56 the responses given to the two pre-synodal consultations are noted. They spoke of a great variety of situations and the new challenges that they pose to families due to stress, time, distractions and fears about the future. Situations and challenges included : heterosexual marriage, same-sex unions, temporary unions, women’s rights, role of fathers in families and various forms of gender ideology. AL 50- 56.