Jun 28, 2017

Synod of Bishops 2018: Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment

Everywhere in the western world the question is asked: What about our young people? If they don’t retain the faith of their parents and grandparents, what will become of them? What will become of the Church?

Pope Francis has called for a Synod of Bishops to meet in Rome in October 2018 on the topic of Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment. A preparatory document was circulated to all bishops around the world with the request to have as many people as possible read the document, reflect on it, and send their bishop a summary of their responses to the reflection questions in the document. To this end, Archbishop Pettipas asks every organization in the Archdiocese of Grouard-McLennan – and all individuals who wish to do likewise – to read over the document (it’s only 30 pages), discuss it, and send your reflections to him. He will then send a synopsis of your responses to the committee that is planning the Synod.

Find the links to the Papal Letter to Young People and the Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment: Preparatory document on the home page of the Archdiocesan website: or pick up a hard copy located in the foyer of the church.

Please submit your responses to Lauri Friesen at or mail to Lauri Friesen c/o Archdiocese of Grouard-McLennan, before Friday 15 September 2017.


St. Mary's Catholic Church
1107-1 Avenue West
P.O. Box 146
Beaverlodge, AB
T0H 0C0

(780) 354-2415


To all at St. Mary's Parish

It has been a joy to participate with St. Mary's in Eucharistic celebrations over these past 3 weeks. Truly a coming home for this "daughter/sister" of St. Mary's. Mom and Dad, our family (now really only Mia) have been long time members - since 1969 when John and Johanna moved the clan to Alberta. Now 46 years later I celebrate with you the great gift of community you have in this parish. There is lots of lay leadership; you are an inter-generational group and I love to see the young people and the babies! Thank you all, Lucy Klein-Gebbinck

Lucy Klein-Gebbinck

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