Dear Friends in Christ,
On November 3rd & 4th, 2018, we will celebrate our 33rd Annual Healing Weekend for those who endure separation and divorce in the Diocese of Syracuse. Our theme focuses on God’s hopeful promise to be with those who go through difficult life transitions.
“As the bow appears in the clouds, I will see it and recall the everlasting covenant that I have established between God and all living beings- all mortal creatures that are on earth” (Genesis 9:16).
Separation and divorce is a wound in need of healing in our Nation, our Church and many families across our Diocese. When one family in the Body of Christ is suffering, we all suffer. We are called as a community to welcome all who are seeking the healing presence of Jesus. Moreover, we are called to proactively reach out and accompany those who endure difficult life transitions.
I encourage you to reach out and remember in a special way all those who are hurting from separation and divorce, including our children. Parishes across the diocese are encouraged to:
- Focus homilies on mercy, healing and forgiveness
- Include healing petitions in the Prayer of the Faithful
- Distribute helpful articles and resources in bulletins and websites
- Prayerfully invite a person who has experienced separation and divorce to share a reflection
- Consider a year-round outreach ministry or support group in your community
- Provide current information regarding the annulment process
If you are personally suffering from the trauma of separation and divorce, you are not alone. We offer year-round support through our Family/Respect Life Office: (315) 472-6754. Helpful information can also be found at www.syracusediocese.org under the Family/Respect Life tab.
We all know someone affected by separation and divorce. Please take time to share this message. Be assured always of my gratitude for your compassionate care.
Cordially yours in Christ,
Most Reverend Robert J. Cunningham
Bishop of Syracuse