A BCI reader has passed on word of what looks like it could be a really worthwhile program this Thursday, Oct. 25 in Wakefield with Bishop Mark O’Connell, auxiliary bishop for the North region. Here’s the bulletin listing:
From the Pastor’s Desk
Meeting with Bishop Mark O’Connell, Oct 25th at Most Blessed Sacrament, Wakefield
In view of recent events in the Church, the five parishes in Melrose and Wakefield; that is, St. Mary’s and Incarnation in Melrose and St. Joseph’s, St. Florence’s and Most Blessed Sacrament in Wakefield are jointly sponsoring a question and answer session with our regional Bishop, Mark O’Connell. The session will be held at Most Blessed Sacrament Parish Hall this Thursday evening, October 25th from 7-8:30pm. All are cordially invited from these parishes and beyond.
Bishop O’Connell has an openness and willingness to discuss the current climate and issues in the Church. At this event, he will first listen to anything anyone needs or wants to say to him as a bishop about the crisis, and then he will answer questions about the crisis or the Church. We get our analysis about these things too often from the wrong places. Our Church and politics and media are so antagonistic that the loudest voices are often the most extreme. Bishop O’Connell has had much experience dealing with these issues and can share this past experience. Your comments, concerns and anger will help inform him for future important meetings.
Most Blessed Sacrament is located at 1155 Main St, Wakefield, MA 01880. We think Bishop O’Connell should be commended for his willingness to speak at this program and field questions, and the pastor and collaborative are to be commended for putting on the program and creating a forum for an open dialogue. All interested are welcome to attend.