Newsletter, February 6, 2012

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Beyond Detroit & Toward a New Catholic Spring 
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Misguided Missal

Are you confused about the new language used in Mass?
Are you upset about how these changes came about?

New Roman MissalThe folks at Misguided Missal are attempting to coordinate an action during the first week of Lent to maximize impact.  They ask that you download their My Two Cents Comment Card, fill it out, and then drop it in the collection basket on the 1st weekend of Lent, February 25/26. Anytime during the season of Lent, if life gets in the way for you, is perfectly acceptable. To learn more about other actions you can take about changes in the new translation of the English Roman Missal, visit Misguided Missal.

Occupy Christianity

A New Reformation
A retreat for spiritual activists

with Matthew Fox.
May 25-27, 2012

Adelynrood Retreat Center
Boston, MA

Details Here

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Lenten Prayer, Study and Action Suggestions 

With the High Americana Ritual of Super Bowl behind us, it’s time to look forward to the liturgical season of Lent. We devote this issue of our newsletter to several suggestions for prayer, study and action as we prepare for the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday (February 22) as we journey toward the hope and promise of Easter.

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Prayer & Study Groups around the CBRR Lent

Looking for a Lenten Study for your small group that combines theological reflection, personal transformation and concern for our Church? Lively discussion, grounded in a prayer heart, can strengthen community ties and renew our faith. Check out ACC’s NEW CBRR Listening Session Template!


What is this CBRR? During the American Catholic Council held Pentecost Weekend (June 9-10), 2011 in Detroit, the gathered assembly adopted the document that had been worked on by many in the months leading up to the Council. The Catholic Bill of Rights and Responsibilities (CBRR) went through multiple revisions at the behest of input from Listening Assemblies that were held across the country. The final version met with universal acclaim. Now that the CBRR is promulgated, we need you to put it into action! For more details on the history and background, go to


It’s Easy! Click here for your “ticket” to suggestions for easy meetings that combine praying, learning more about our Church teachings, sharing thoughts about faith and tradition, discerning our own beliefs, and working together for positive change in our Church. These sessions will help you:

  • Understand the CBRR;
  • Reflect on its ramifications;
  • Plan ways to put the CBRR into action;
  • Network with others doing the same;

The CBRR Listening Session Template organizes the process over four 2-hour sessions and groups the 10 statements of the CBRR into three logical groupings (SELF, COMMUNITY & SERVICE) to provide a cogent and convenient structure and time frame to cover the material. This series will furnish you with exciting material for dialogue and focused inspiration for action.

You Can be Part of This! As our universal Church prepares to celebrate the joy of resurrection by devoting the six weeks of Lent to deepening spiritual growth, we can participate in this process by using the American Catholic Council’s template for a series of Listening Assemblies which engage us in every level of discernment – personal and communal. You can also share feedback and experiences by posting to a related dedicated Discussion Forum on CBRR Listening Sessions on the ACN.

Why not plan now to make this your Lenten resolution?

Have questions? Call or email Sheila at or 518-334-6076.


Note: To Access the CBRR Listening Session Template and related Forum, and if not already a free subscriber to ACC’s Assemblies Community Network (ACN) you will be prompted to Sign-Up. 

Contemplative Spirituality and Church Reform

contemplative prayerLent is a good time to practice and learn about the Catholic tradition of contemplative prayer and how it can sustain us in our work for church reform. Check out the following:
Discussion Forum on Contemplative Prayer & the Church Remove Movement; moderated by Merton scholar Patrick Collins.

Falling Upward: A Spirituality of the Two Halves of Life, by Richard Rohr.

Resources from Joan Chittister and Colleagues:

Monasteries of the Heart

Another Suggestion for Lenten Study Groups: 

Consider convening a Lenten Group to view and discuss the inspiring DVDs of major Presenters at the American Catholic from last June in Detroit: Sign outside Cobo

  • Hans Kung
  • Jeanette Rodriguez
  • Anthony Padovano
  • James Carroll 
  • Matthew Fox
  • Joan Chittister 
For an overview of the proceedings from Detroit, CLICK HERE.
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