Fourth Synod Compiled Acts, Declarations and Statutes

participation in the Eucharistic sacrifice, “the source and summit of the whole Christian life,” 41 they will grow in their commitment as intentional disciples to live and think with Christ in His Church. 59. a) The faithful of all ages are urged throughout their lives to study the Bible in light of the Catholic faith, to learn the teachings of the Catholic faith through ongoing formation and education, and foster those means which the Church uses to make the faith known and fervently practiced, e.g., Catholic media, lay retreats for men and women, confession of sins in the Sacrament of Penance, 42 and frequent visits to Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament, whether exposed for adoration or reserved in the tabernacle. b) The family rosary, the Divine Mercy Chaplet and the enthronement of the Sacred Heart are religious practices especially commended and counseled for the sanctification of the home. 60. The establishment of parish organizations, with the approval of and in cooperation with the pastor, is highly recommended to foster holiness and Catholic spirituality. 61. a) Every diocesan public association of the Christian Faithful should have a priest designated by the Diocesan Bishop as chaplain or ecclesiastical assistant, having heard the major officials of the association, when this is expedient. 43 b) Every diocesan private association of the Christian Faithful can freely choose a spiritual advisor, if it desires one, from among the priests legitimately exercising ministry in the Diocese; however, he needs the confirmation of the local Ordinary. 44 c) The pastor is, in virtue of his office, the moderator of all parish associations, with the right of delegating the care of any association to his parochial vicar (if applicable).

62. The faithful are warned against joining or supporting any organizations which hold or promote views contrary to the Catholic faith.

41 Lumen Gentium , 11.

42 Cf. cc. 988-989.

43 Cf. c. 317, §1.

44 Cf. c. 324, §2.


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