Synod QuestionnaireSynod 2021 – 2023 Pope Francis wants to hear from Catholics around the world, and the LISTENING process is about to begin!
Pope Francis invites the Universal Church (ordained, religious, and all laity) to reflect on a theme that is decisive for its life and mission. He calls for a “Synodal church”. What does this mean? Synodality is when all members of the church “journey together, gather in assembly and take an active part in her evangelization”. It is the Church’s ordinary way of living and working. It is a way of being in which the Church lives out her mission in the world. During Christ’s public ministry, there were three “actors” on “stage”, Jesus, his apostles, and the crowd. The crowd is we, the baptized members of the Universal Church. Through our refection, we can seek the Holy Spirit and see what It may be asking of us and what pathways for the Church they may inspire.
Throughout the next three months opportunities will be available for you to share your reflections and engage the heart and mind in seeking God and His Will for us. You will be asked to reflect on your own experiences with the Church and on the joys and challenges they reveal. This exercise will, in no way, lead to changes in Church precepts or theology but will help the Church discern its mission and pathway in the new millennium. Included in this “listening” process is a gathering of anonymous information that will be summarized and sent to Bishop Schlert. All U.S. bishops will summarize the information collected from their perspective dioceses and forward the results to the Synod of Bishops being held in Washington, D.C. in 2023. Finally, this will all be placed in the hands of our Holy Father in Rome. Every diocese in the world is participating in this event!
St. Mary’s invites you to attend a listening session. Each session will begin with a short adoration, followed by refreshments, then the LISTENING process will begin where you will have a chance to speak and be heard. Everyone is invited, both practicing and non-practicing Catholics. Most importantly, we highly encourage everyone to invite others to join us: divorced and civilly remarried, handicapped, refugees, migrants, the elderly, high school and college students, the impoverished, Catholics who no longer practice their faith. It is important to reach out to as many people as we can, including those who are marginalized or disaffiliated with the Church.
The listening session will be held on Sunday, January 30th 4:30–7:00 PM.
An alternative to the LISTENING sessions, you may be “heard” by completing an on-line survey here.
Let us “journey together”!
Synod Listening Session
Sunday, January 30th 4:30–7:00 PM
Please sign up for ONLY ONE session.
Information from the Diocese
Communion, Participation, Mission
Pope Francis has called on each of the world’s bishops to listen to members of their flock – including those who are marginalized or who have fallen away from the Church – and get their feedback on issues important to the Catholic Church today.