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DEALING WITH PREVENTIVE MEASURES AGAINST SUICIDE
The Most Reverend, His Excellency
Archbishop Peter Loy Chong
Brother Priests please read this letter at all Masses on Sunday May 9 th
Dear Beloved People of God,
Peace of Christ be with you.
Pope Francis describes a Synod as a “wonderful experience”, “an intense moment of growth”.
A diocesan synod is a group of selected priests and other members of the Christian faithful of a diocese who offer assistance to the diocesan bishop for the good of the whole diocesan community. A diocesan synod assists a bishop govern the Christian community. (Canon Law 460) After consulting the Council of Priests, I have called for a synod to serve the following purposes:
 
1 Twenty-seven years ago, Archbishop Petero Mataca called the first diocesan synod in 1990. We need to review the pastoral vision and recommendation of the 1990 synod, reflect on the current pastoral challenges and develop a new diocesan pastoral plan.
2 We are facing new challenges like rapid social and cultural changes, climate change, the impacts of globalization, gender-based violence and the Church needs to make effective pastoral responses.
3 We need to update our Catholics with the current teachings of the Church.
4 We are blessed with Religious congregations in the Archdiocese and we need to instil a stronger Church communion.
5 Parishes are using different pastoral and catechesis programs: we need to develop pastoral programs and catechesis to be used throughout the archdiocese (eg. Sacramental catechism and Small Christian Community program)
 
I foresee that the synod will develop a shared pastoral vision and mission and bring about a spiritual awakening in the Archdiocese of Suva.
On Pentecost Sunday we will launch our Synodal Year May 20 th 2018 – June 9 th 2019.
This is the Synod Launch Program:
 
LAUNCHING OF THE SYNOD: 2018 THE SYNOD: 2019
 
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