Archbishop Smith has issued a Pastoral Letter entitled Living in the Word of God that invites us all to renew our focus on Scripture as we answer the call of the Holy Father Pope Francis to listen to the Word of God and then to put it into practice.
A portion of the Archbishop's Letter follows:
The purpose of this letter is to offer some thoughts as to how we, as members of this Archdiocesan family, can together listen carefully to the Word of God and, in a shared commitment, put it into practice. Some reflection questions are also posed in order to help us examine how we can more fully embrace our Christian identity and joyfully follow the Christianway of life. (page 2)
The letter offers suggestions for how that might happen in the lives of our people, over the course of the next five years with a timeline as follows: Years 1 and 2 focus on "Hearing the Word" Year 3 "Doing the Word - Worship Year 4 "Doing the Word - Witness Year 5 "Doing the Word - Service
Printed copies of the Archbishop's letter, addressed to all the Clergy and all the Lay Faithful in the Archdiocese of Edmonton, are available at the church.