Compassionate Outreach

Speak Up participants said we as Church need to reach out further and with greater sensitivity and compassion to: Alienated Catholics who are hurting, disappointed or angry and may no longer be worshipping with the faith community.  People who have been pushed to the margins of society by prejudice, ignorance,...

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Consultation with the People of God

Since his installation as seventh Bishop of Camden, Bishop Joseph Galante has reminded the people of South Jersey of their baptismal dignity and equality, the importance of consultation, and the responsibility of all Catholics to further the mission of the Church.  Saying he wanted to hear directly from the people...

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Lifelong Formation

Will a few weeks or months of preparing for the sacraments produce lifelong, enthusiastic Catholics? Speak Up participants said no, there is an urgent need to make faith formation available at every stage of life and in ways that speak to the minds and hearts of all people today, young...

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Priestly Vocations

The number of men saying “yes” to a priestly vocation has been diminishing for several decades. As older priests retire, young priests do not replace them in equal number. Many parents do not encourage a commitment to a priestly vocation among their children and youth. And yet, without priests, there...

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Lay Ministry

“The Church needs us, but often doesn’t want to change or update or involve us in new ways.” Through baptism, laity, clergy, and religious alike are called to holiness and to ministry with the same baptismal privileges and responsibilities for furthering the mission of the Church and transforming the world. ...

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Youth and Young Adults

Large numbers of Speak Up participants told of their profound concern that so many youth and young adults are not present at Sunday Mass, are not active in the parish, or have abandoned their faith. They expressed their hope that youth and young adults will have the benefits of a...

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Liturgy

The celebration of the Eucharist has been called the “Source and Summit of the Christian Life.” And yet, there is anxiety over empty pews and half-empty churches. Speak Up participants were troubled by banal liturgies, poor music, uninspiring homilies and lack of reverence at Mass.  Others called for increased opportunities...

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