Join a Synod Small Group at your Parish this Fall!

Year 3 of the Synod Has Begun

Year 3 (2021-2022): The Church Engages

Fall 2021: Parish Consultation Process with Small Groups

  • Small groups meet in every parish to learn, pray, and discuss the Focus Areas.
  • Parish feedback on the Focus Areas will help determine the Synod Topics.

January/February 2022: Deanery Consultation Process

  • Pastors and parish representatives gather to learn, pray, and discuss the Focus Areas.
  • Deanery feedback informs the Parish Consultation Process.

June 2022: Archdiocesan Synod Assembly (Pentecost Weekend)

  • Approximately 500 appointed delegates (including two from each parish) gather to learn, pray, and discuss the Synod Topics and recommend pastoral priorities to Archbishop Hebda.
  • After considering the Synod recommendations, Archbishop writes a Pastoral Letter (Nov. – Feast of Christ the King), leading to a Pastoral Plan to move our Archdiocese into the future.

Let’s talk…

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.

Join a small group to discuss and give feedback on priorities within each Synod focus area. Mark your calendar for Wednesdays beginning September 22 through November 3 at our parish.  There will be daytime and evening sessions.  You may choose between a hosted small group at St Mary’s or participate within an existing small group.  Registration is available August 1 and appreciated but not required.  Learn more about the Synod at archspm.org/synod.

Volunteers are needed as scribes and facilitators.  If you are interested in that role (training is provided) please contact Samantha Hagel srhagel@stmarys-wbl.org.

February 5th, 2021