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

Volunteers are needed as scribes and facilitators.  If you are interested in that role (training is provided) please contact Samantha Hagel

February 5th, 2021