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SYNOD 2021-22

DETAILS AND DATES:
Small Groups meet in every parish to learn, pray, and discuss the focus areas.  Parish feedback on priorities within each focus area will help inform the Deanery consultation.  Your help is needed in the facilitation of groups.  Below is a schedule of the planned groups sessions.  
Sessions
 
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SYNOD F.A.Q.
WHAT IS A SYNOD?
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.” 
 
DIDN'T WE DO THIS ALREADY?
The Synod process is actually taking place over three years in our Archdiocese, culminating at Pentecost 2022! We are grateful for the 8,000+ people who gave 30,000+ comments during the Prayer and Listening Events in fall 2019-winter 2020. Now it is time to take the next step: the Parish Consultation with small groups. Using the feedback from the Prayer and Listening Events, we will now come together to respond to and propose solutions that will help inform the next steps of the Synod process.
 
In small groups this fall, our parish will:
 
      • Pray for God’s guidance on how we can more vigorously proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ!
      • Learn the Church’s wisdom on the Synod focus area topics.
      • Discuss your perspective and ideas with other parishioners.
      • Respond with your feedback on Archdiocesan priorities to proclaim the Good News in our culture today.
 
WHO PARTICIPATES?
You!  Youth and Adults are very welcome (nursery planned).   Come one! Come all!  The SYNOD is an important place for us to gather, listen, and contribute our thoughts and ideas!
 
WHAT WILL BE DISCUSSED?

If you ever start a sentence with, “The Church needs to…” then this is for you! Plan to discuss and provide input this fall about the best ways for the local Catholic Church to form:

        • Parishes that are in the service of evangelization;
        • Missionary disciples who know Jesus’s love and respond to his call; and
        • Youth and young adults in and for a Church that is always young.
 
HOW DO I GET INVOLVED?
Join a small group to discuss and give feedback on priorities within each Synod focus area.  Keep reading below to find out when groups are meeting, how to join as an individual or as a group and how you can help!
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WANT TO HELP? YOU ARE NEEDED!
 
    • Role of Facilitators:

      • Facilitators provide a welcoming presence and gently guide the table discussions, while also participating in the discussion and giving feedback.  

      • The materials greatly assist facilitators in their role. The video host will help set ground rules and will prompt the time to end discussion. The handouts at the table explain the discussion process and structure.

      • The facilitators’ role is only during the sessions. There is no additional time commitment required before or after a session (other than the one-time training).

    • Ambassadors: 
      • Ambassadors advocate and personally invite members of our community to participate in the groups this fall.  They can even form groups, invite people to be facilitators and scribes. 
 
Training Will Be Provided  – What’s Covered? 

    • Once you sign up for a role then you will receive a confirmation email with a link to register for your training!
    • Sign up below!

Heavenly Father, Who gave St. Joseph to Jesus and Mary

As protector and guide,

Grant that our Archdiocesan Synod, Under his protection and guidance, May help us discern your direction for our Church.

May we listen as he listened,

Trust as he trusted,

Obey as he obeyed,

Receive as he received,

Love as he loved,

And share in his life of devotion to Jesus and Mary.

Amen. St. Joseph, pray for us.