Pope Francis’ Synodal Journey

Pope Francis has called for a two-year process of preparation for the Synod of 2023, which will focus on synodality in the Church. The word “synod” means “gathering.” It is from the Greek, and literally means “together on the way.” In the Church, this word has been used to refer to a significant gathering, whether at the diocesan, national, or international level.“The objective of this Synodal Process is not to provide a temporary or one-time experience of synodality, but rather to provide an opportunity for the entire People of God to discern together how to move forward on the path towards being a more synodal Church in the long-term.” In our local Church, this will be a time of listening and dialogue, as we reflect on how we “journey together” as a Church, and discern how the Spirit is calling us.“Synodality is not a corporate strategic exercise. Rather it is a spiritual process that is led by the Holy Spirit.” 

To begin this synodal journey, Pope Francis has called for listening sessions in parishes worldwide beginning in October. Each (arch)diocese in the United States will then present a 10-page summary of parishioner input to the USCCB by April.  Please look for more information on listening sessions at Holy Family in the coming weeks.

On Sunday, October 17, in union with the Church throughout the world, Archbishop Etienne will celebrate an opening Mass for the Synodal Process. The Mass will take placeat St. James Cathedral on Sunday, October 17 at 5:30pm. All are welcome to attend.

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