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Report on Local Gathering

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Local Gathering Prayers and/or Prayer Service

[PDF] This is a suggested format for a communal prayer service to begin a gathering.  Leaders should feel free to…

Discussion Guide for Local Gatherings

  This guide is intended to help a small group leader direct the discussion on a designated topic.  The leader…

Templates for Types of Gatherings

Template I: Series of GatheringsTemplate II: Multi-topic Gathering Template I:  Series of Gatherings This template is for use of a…

Publicize your event

(Hint: Either copy and paste the text below into your document or e-mail this article to yourself.) Catholics and Former…

Sample Letter to Bishop or Pastor

(Hint: Either copy and paste the text below into your document or e-mail this article to yourself.) Name of Bishop,…

Sample Invitation to come to a meeting

(Hint: Either copy and paste the text below into your document or e-mail this article to yourself.) Will Church leaders…

Type and Frequency of Gathering

There are several approaches that you can use.  Find the model that works best in your circumstances.  Of course, make…

Need, Vision, and Goals

The Need: In keeping with Pope Francis’s emphasis on the role and importance of lay Catholics, we recognize the need…

Getting Started

  Call on a friend or another member of your group, have coffee, and get him or her on board…

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Speaking Out with One Unified Global Voice

"...Until we raise a common voice, we will not only not be heard, we will not even be listened to....   

My hope is that by speaking out together - a strong chorus of calls for reform - we can provide a common, a clear, a strong and ongoing voice for the yet incomplete vision of Vatican II.

In common cause, let us band together across the world. By our desire to be heard on particular issues - all of them important - let us not lose the strength of our common voice by reducing it to a whisper.

In light of this, we invite individuals and organizations to join together in making known our opinions for the good of our Church. By uniting our voices, it is not about abandoning the unique work of your organization but rather about how your work can enhance global reform."

Sr. Joan Chittister, CCRI Special advisor

"We have to join our forces in order to reach a real breakthrough in this window of opportunity." Hans Kung, CCRI Consultor

"When spider webs unite, they can tie up a lion." [Ethiopian proverb]

"Sticks in a bundle are unbreakable." [Kenyan proverb]

"(The Christian faithful) have the right and even at times the duty to manifest to the sacred pastors their opinion on matters which pertain to the good of the Church and to make their opinion known to the rest of the Christian faithful." (Canon 212 §3)

CCRI is also interested in helping support various causes in regions of the world by garnering the support of our entire global community for those who need support beyond their parish, organization, or locale. Send us (1) your name and affiliation, or (2) the name of your group with some description of your goals, membership, and numbers. Click here to see those organizations who have already joined together speaking out for reform of our Church.

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