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Living the Word of God


Pope Francis wants us to be fully aware of what it means to be baptized, to rejoice in the gift, and to embrace completely the Christian way of living. So, let us ask: “What does it mean to follow Jesus?” In fact, that question can be answered rather simply. It is a matter of listening and doing. An authentic disciple of Jesus Christ is one who first listens to his Word and then puts it into practice.


Pastoral Letter: A Call to the Clergy and Lay Faithful of the Archdiocese of Edmonton


In this September 2017 letter, Archbishop Smith guides us in how we can listen and do as disciples of Jesus Christ in the Archdiocese of Edmonton.

Download this letter in the format of your choice:


Pastoral Initiatives in Support of the Archbishop’s Pastoral Letter


This supporting document provides clergy and lay leaders some concrete ideas for ways in which they can accompany our people in living out the goals of the Pastoral Letter. We encourage you to share this with Parish Pastoral Council members, parish staff, ministry leaders, volunteer leaders or anyone else who might benefit.

Download the Pastoral Initiatives in Support in the format of your choice:



Living in the Word of God:

Some Excerpts from the Pastoral Letter of Archbishop Smith, September 14, 2017

 

Living in the Word _ It is truly beautiful to be a Catholic. What begins at Baptism is a way of life that is shaped by sacred teachings, strengthened by sacramental celebration, and marked by loving service of neighbour. When this life is fully embraced in faith, hope and charity, it bears within itself the promise of eternal life! Is it any wonder that I thank God often for the decision my parents made to have me baptized? (Archbishop Smith, Pastoral Letter, September 14, 2017)

Living in the Word _ Baptism makes us missionary disciples, endowed with many gifts and talents for the service of others in the name of the Lord. If a person is baptized in infancy as I was, it is very easy to take for granted the wondrous gift bestowed by that sacrament. Pope Francis wants us to be fully aware of what it means to be baptized, to rejoice in the gift, and to embrace completely the Christian way of living. (Archbishop Smith, Pastoral Letter, September 14, 2017)

Living in the Word _ What does it mean to follow Jesus? In fact, that question can be answered rather simply. It is a matter of listening and doing. An authentic disciple of Jesus Christ is one who first listens to his Word and then puts it into practice. . . This was expressed simply and beautifully by the prophet Isaiah: "Morning by morning he wakens— wakens my ear to listen as those who are taught." (Isaiah 50:4) (Archbishop Smith, Pastoral Letter, September 14, 2017)

Living in the Word _ Pope Francis said, "These are the two conditions in order to follow Jesus: to listen to the word of God, and to put it into practice. This is the Christian life – nothing more. Simple, simple. Maybe we’ve made it a little difficult, with many explanations that no one understands, but the Christian life is thus: listening to the Word of God and practicing it." (Homily at Daily Mass, September 23, 2014)



Implementation Timeline (PDF, 1 page) – A graphic representation of when we see the various initiatives unfolding. 

Bulletin Reflections (Word format, 1 page) – Some initial excerpts from the letter that may be useful for the Sunday bulletin.

Living in the Word of God - Pastoral Letter



Living the Word of God


Pope Francis wants us to be fully aware of what it means to be baptized, to rejoice in the gift, and to embrace completely the Christian way of living. So, let us ask: “What does it mean to follow Jesus?” In fact, that question can be answered rather simply. It is a matter of listening and doing. An authentic disciple of Jesus Christ is one who first listens to his Word and then puts it into practice.


Pastoral Letter: A Call to the Clergy and Lay Faithful of the Archdiocese of Edmonton


In this September 2017 letter, Archbishop Smith guides us in how we can listen and do as disciples of Jesus Christ in the Archdiocese of Edmonton.

Download this letter in the format of your choice:


Pastoral Initiatives in Support of the Archbishop’s Pastoral Letter


This supporting document provides clergy and lay leaders some concrete ideas for ways in which they can accompany our people in living out the goals of the Pastoral Letter. We encourage you to share this with Parish Pastoral Council members, parish staff, ministry leaders, volunteer leaders or anyone else who might benefit.

Download the Pastoral Initiatives in Support in the format of your choice:



Living in the Word of God:

Some Excerpts from the Pastoral Letter of Archbishop Smith, September 14, 2017

 

Living in the Word _ It is truly beautiful to be a Catholic. What begins at Baptism is a way of life that is shaped by sacred teachings, strengthened by sacramental celebration, and marked by loving service of neighbour. When this life is fully embraced in faith, hope and charity, it bears within itself the promise of eternal life! Is it any wonder that I thank God often for the decision my parents made to have me baptized? (Archbishop Smith, Pastoral Letter, September 14, 2017)

Living in the Word _ Baptism makes us missionary disciples, endowed with many gifts and talents for the service of others in the name of the Lord. If a person is baptized in infancy as I was, it is very easy to take for granted the wondrous gift bestowed by that sacrament. Pope Francis wants us to be fully aware of what it means to be baptized, to rejoice in the gift, and to embrace completely the Christian way of living. (Archbishop Smith, Pastoral Letter, September 14, 2017)

Living in the Word _ What does it mean to follow Jesus? In fact, that question can be answered rather simply. It is a matter of listening and doing. An authentic disciple of Jesus Christ is one who first listens to his Word and then puts it into practice. . . This was expressed simply and beautifully by the prophet Isaiah: "Morning by morning he wakens— wakens my ear to listen as those who are taught." (Isaiah 50:4) (Archbishop Smith, Pastoral Letter, September 14, 2017)

Living in the Word _ Pope Francis said, "These are the two conditions in order to follow Jesus: to listen to the word of God, and to put it into practice. This is the Christian life – nothing more. Simple, simple. Maybe we’ve made it a little difficult, with many explanations that no one understands, but the Christian life is thus: listening to the Word of God and practicing it." (Homily at Daily Mass, September 23, 2014)



Implementation Timeline (PDF, 1 page) – A graphic representation of when we see the various initiatives unfolding. 

Bulletin Reflections (Word format, 1 page) – Some initial excerpts from the letter that may be useful for the Sunday bulletin.