What is a Synod? What is the purpose?
- “A Synod is a formal representative assembly designed to help a bishop in his shepherding of the local Church.”
- The purpose is “to discern and establish clear pastoral priorities in a way that will both promote greater unity and lead us to a more vigorous proclamation of Jesus’ good news.”
To learn more about the Archdiocesan Synod and to find prayer and listening sessions near you, visit https://www.archspm.org/synod/.
Join the Journey this Fall
Plan to join us this fall to help shape the future of our local Church through the ongoing Archdiocesan Synod process. Archbishop Hebda needs your input in how to best form:
- Parishes that are in the service of evangelization;
- Missionary disciples who know Jesus’ love and respond to his call; and
- Youth and young adults in and for a Church that is always young.
Join a small group to discuss and give feedback on priorities within each Synod focus area. Mark your calendar for Monday evenings from 6:30-8:30 PM or Tuesday mornings from 10:00 AM - Noon starting September 20 at our parish. Small groups will gather for 6 weeks. See more at archspm.org/synod.
Seeking Facilitators and Scribes for Parish Small Groups
This fall our parish, along with all the parishes of the Archdiocese, will be hosting Synod small groups as part of the Parish Consultation Process. The small groups will meet for 6 sessions/weeks on Monday evenings and Tuesday mornings between September 20 and October 27. The Archdiocese will provide the materials which will allow small group members to dig deeper into the focus areas by considering Scripture, Church teaching, and today’s cultural context, along with discussion and feedback to the Archdiocese.
We will need facilitators and scribes for each small group. The expectations for facilitators and scribes are noted below. If you are willing and able, or know someone who might be good for this kind of work, please contact Kim Roering in the parish office.
Archdiocesan Synod 2022—Small Group Facilitator and Scribe Expectations
- Attend Fall Training: Attend 1 training. Trainings will be offered by the Archdiocese late August and early September, 2021, and will cover (i) Synod Small Group material use and reporting feedback, and (ii) facilitator and scribe training.
- Faithful: Faithful practicing Catholic who desires to help others grow in their faith through the Synod small group process.
- Prepare: Be prepared for the weekly lessons. Arrive on time and welcome members.
- (Facilitators) Encourage: Encourage and joyfully support the members as you guide the discussion. Let them know you care about them and value their input. Be a good listener.
- (Scribes) Document: Be attentive to the discussion and document the group’s feedback on the focus areas, as directed by the Synod small group materials.
Year of St. Joseph
In his October 22 column for The Catholic Spirit, Archbishop Hedda announced that the Archdiocese will be observing a Year of St. Joseph, beginning December 8, 2020 (Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception). Archbishop Hebda wrote, “On that date, the Church Universal will be marking the 150th anniversary of Pope Pius IX’s proclamation of St. Joseph as the Patron of the Universal Church. Our hope is that the Year of St. Joseph will be a source of renewal in our local Church, most especially as we continue our preparations for the Synod of 2022.”
To learn more about the Yar of St. Joseph visit www.archspm.org/synod/stjoseph/