SYNOD 2021

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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.

Archbishop Hebda
Archbishop Hebda's Welcome Video
Why should I go?




You know what’s working and what needs work in your parish and this Archdiocese.

This is your opportunity to help shape the future of our local Church.


What's This for?     



What's this for?




Archbishop Bernard Hebda is seeking your feedback to help discern and establish focus areas for the Archdiocese.
He plans to attend all 20 events.







What will happen?




We will pray together for the Synod and our Archdiocese. We will discuss what’s working as well as our challenges and opportunities.







Where and when?




There are 20 Prayer and Listening Event options throughout the Archdiocese – choose one that works for you!



What do I do?




Just show up. All are welcome! The Church needs your voice. See you there!


  • “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).”
  • The Archdiocesan Synod Assembly will be held Pentecost weekend, May 2021.
  • The pre-Synod process will occur over the next two years, and will engage the People of God – laity, clergy, consecrated men and women, and bishops – all walking together.
  • 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.

Pre-Synod preparations are underway in the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. To help wrap the 2-year Synod process in prayer, the Archdiocese is producing bi-monthly videos to help all of us grow deeper in prayer. October's Video leans on one of the Church’s more youthful members, her family and Archbishop Hebda to help us find focus in a world filled with distractions.
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P&L Events

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.



Mary, Mother of the Church,

Pray for us.

Prayer Intentions

Synod Universal Prayer Intercessions
(Monthly Intentions)


Prayer & Listening Events closest to Lakeville:



Tues, Jan 28

6:00-9:00 pm

Pax Christi, Eden Prairie


Thurs, Feb 27

6:00-9:00 pm
Our Lady of Grace, Edina


Sat, Feb 29

9:00 am - Noon

St. Pius V, Cannon Falls


CLICK HERE to see dates & times of all Prayer & Listening Events.