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SYNOD 2021

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Archdiocesan Synod Process Delayed - Updated June 20, 2020 
Video Announcement from Archbishop Hebda
Despite the great momentum for the Synod and the participation of more than 8,000 people in pre-Synod Prayer and Listening Events, the COVID-19 pandemic is requiring the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis to alter the Synod schedule. To keep our focus on parishes and schools without any distraction, Archbishop Bernard Hebda announced that he has decided to delay by one year the Parish Consultation with Small Groups stage of the Synod. While the Deanery Consultation planned for a Saturday in January or February 2021 will still be held at that time, the more intensive Parish Consultation process, originally planned for fall 2020, will now occur in fall 2021. The Synod Assembly originally scheduled for Pentecost 2021 has been moved to spring 2022.

Based on the information already gathered in the Prayer and Listening Events, as well as the information gathered for the Ad Limina visit with Pope Francis in January, and the results of the Disciple Marker Index, Archbishop Hebda will announce the initial set of focus areas this summer. Those areas will set the parameters for discussions at the deanery and parish levels.
 
The Catholic Spirit will have extensive coverage of the focus areas and more details about the Synod process as it moves forward.
Read Archbishop Hebda’s reflections on the pre-Synod journey to date, as well as a look ahead, in The Catholic Spirit.

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.

 

Participants will gather together to pray, discuss, and give feedback on what is working well now in their parish and this Archdiocese, and what are the challenges and opportunities as we move forward together. Everyone is invited to attend an event. All participants are encouraged to give written feedback that will be read and considered. Archbishop Bernard Hebda is scheduled to attend all events to pray and to participate in the listening process.

  • “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.”
  • The pre-Synod process has been designed to engage in a ”sincere and respectful ‘mutual listening’ in which everyone has something to learn.”

  • “Moreover, it is not just listening to one another but to the Holy Spirit, the ‘Spirit of Truth’ (Jn 14:17), to know what the Spirit is ‘saying to the Churches’ (Rev. 2:7).”
  • Please pray for the Synod and our Archdiocese!

Pray the pre-Synod year prayer and the monthly prayer intention.

Offer a monthly holy hour or a Rosary.

Pray with the Synod prayer journal.

  • Year 1 (2019-2020): Attend one of the 20 Prayer and Listening Events and give your feedback. See dates, times and locations at org/synod.
  • Year 2 (Fall 2020): Join a parish small group.

Year 1 (2019-2020): Prayer and Listening Events

  • 20 events throughout the Archdiocese that are open to all. Choose one that works for your schedule; invite others! Find the full listing at org/synod.
  • 11 additional events for focus groups such as youth, elderly, priests, religious, and Catholic school principals.
  • Purpose: To identify an initial set of focus areas to discuss during Year 2.

Year 2 (2020-2021):

  • Parish Consultation Process: Fall 2020

Small groups meet in parishes across the Archdiocese to pray, study, and discuss the focus areas arising during Year 1. Parishes provide feedback which will inform the Synod topics to be discussed in the Deanery Consultation Process.

  • Deanery Consultation Process: January and February, 2021

Pastors and an estimated 10 parish representatives gather at the Deanery (regional) level to pray, study and discuss the proposed Synod topics. Deaneries provide feedback for the Archdiocesan Synod Assembly.

  • Archdiocesan Synod Assembly: Pentecost weekend, May 2021

Approximately 500 invited delegates (including two from each parish) from across the Archdiocese gather together to pray, study, and discuss the Synod topics and vote on pastoral priorities to recommend to Archbishop Hebda.

  • Pastoral Letter: November 2021, Feast of Christ the King

Considering the Synod results, Archbishop Hebda writes a pastoral letter intended to lead to an Archdiocesan pastoral plan to move our Archdiocese into the future.

 

Come Holy Spirit

Make our ears to hear

Make our eyes to see

Make our mouths to speak

Make our hearts to seek

Make our hands to reach out

And touch the world with your love.

AMEN.

 

Mary, Mother of the Church,

Pray for us.

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