Saturday, November 5, 2022
Welcome to Assembly 2022: Blessed, Broken, and Shared
We continue to remember and celebrate the journey to be the Church which journeys together. The call of the Gospel and Vatican Council II for ‘Full, Active and Conscious Participation in the Eucharistic Liturgy,” especially the Sunday feast, is our vision. The spiritual and theological truth that the Eucharistic Liturgy, the Mass, is the source and summit of our spiritual life nourishes our journey.
From Christ Jesus, present for us in every Mass, flows the invitation and the mandatum to serve all especially those most in need. To these ends, the Archbishop has called all in the Archdiocese of San Antonio to walk together in Eucharistic Renewal as part of the Synodal Process “Living as a Synodal Church.” On this subject, there will be synodal encounters beginning with our clergy but continuing throughout our parishes and other groups in the Archdiocese. Living as a Synodal Church, we are invited to be priestly and Eucharistic people in relationship and listening disposition to one another; and to embrace a revolution of love for God’s people. Eucharistic Renewal calls us to listen to one another’s experience of the celebration of Eucharist and continue the dialogue to discern God’s will as to how we might improve our experience of Jesus Christ in the Mass.
The Holy Spirit has inspired the Universal Church to rediscover the gift of Synodality. It is the blessing of walking together, listening to one another, and assembling again around the table of the Eucharist following the coronavirus pandemic. Our conversations and Synodal listening sessions have allowed us to reach a major milestone, yet we are far from concluding this process. We want to encourage all to keep the momentum alive and continue the Synodal conversation in your movements, groups, parishes, and institutions this time on the topic of primary importance for our identity as Catholics:
The Real Presence of Jesus Christ especially as we encounter him in the Sunday Mass celebration.
Learn more on our Eucharistic Renewal website.
Purpose of this Toolkit
The Assembly Toolkit serves as a guide for deans and their planning committees to coordinate Assembly at the deanery level.
Since 2015, the Archdiocese has coordinated and hosted Assembly annually for the local Church. This toolkit highlights many of the best practices and strategies implemented by the Archdiocese in coordinating previous Assemblies. There are many ways you can make Assembly a huge success for your community.
The goal of this toolkit is to provide options that are flexible and adaptable to your event. By no means are these elements or ideas mandatory. This toolkit offers recommendations, suggestions, and options from which you can choose to customize your Assembly for your community. You have the freedom to make Assembly tailored to your deanery. If you have questions that are not addressed in this toolkit, we are happy to assist you. Contact the appropriate Archdiocesan Support Team member or call 210-734-1952.
The theme for Assembly 2022 is “Blessed, Broken, and Shared” based on the Last Supper narrative found in the Gospel of Matthew (26:26-28).
While they were eating, Jesus took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and giving it to his disciples said, “Take and eat. This is my body.” Then he took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them saying, “Drink from it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant, which will be shed on behalf of many for the forgiveness of sins.”
Just as Jesus gave us himself in the bread and wine at the Last Supper, transformed into his body and blood, so do we give of ourselves to our brothers and sisters in Christ. As the local Church, we are the Body of Christ, blessed, broken, and shared.
We are blessed by the many gifts the Lord has bestowed (Psalm 45:2). We are blessed by His love, by our families, and by our faith communities. We are broken down by sin, disease, and heartache, tested as gold in the furnace (Wisdom 3:6), especially as the world recovers on the other side of a two-year pandemic. We share our time, talent, and treasure with our faith community and give of ourselves as Jesus gave himself to us.
We are a people blessed, broken, and shared.
Prayer for Assembly
Adsumus, Sancte Spiritus
We stand before you, Holy Spirit,
conscious of our sinfulness, but aware that we
gather in your name. Come to us, remain with us, and
enlighten our hearts. Give us light and strength to know your will,
to make it our own, and to live it in our lives.
Guide us by your wisdom, support us by your power,
for you are God, sharing the glory of Father and Son.
You desire justice for all; enable us to uphold the rights of others;
do not allow us to be misled by ignorance or corrupted by fear or favor.
Unite us to yourself in the bond of love and keep us
to all that is true. As we gather in your name, may we temper justice with love, so that all our
discussions and reflections may be pleasing to you, and
earn the reward promised to good and faithful servants.
We ask this of You who live and reign with the Father
and the Son, God, for ever and ever.