Thank you to all who participated at St. B's
We had 196 people participate in one of our 26 Synod small group listening session here at St. B's. Listening sessions were held in March, 2022 at two parish events and in 20 Connection to Christ (C2C) small groups. Almost half of our participants were young adults (ages 20-39 years old) and 3/4 of the people were women. We are currently analyzing our parish information and will provide a summary of these findings in May.
Church’s synod consultation continues
Over the next several weeks, the diocese will be analyzing the information the parishes submitted after they held their synod sessions. The diocese’s synod team will summarize the findings from those reports in a document that Bishop McElroy will share with our community this summer. It will be sent to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, which will submit a report of its own to the Vatican. Meanwhile, the consultation of young people continues through mid-June at parishes and schools. The diocese, supported by Catholic social service allies, also is holding sessions with the homeless, incarcerated and refugees.
There will be another opportunity for our diocese to listen to our community members. The diocese will circulate a survey this fall, inviting everyone to participate, particularly those who did not attend parish sessions and those not regularly attending Mass. Details to come, so stay tuned. We invite you to follow this process right here or visit the Diocese's webpage or social media.
What is a consultation?
Pope Francis is inviting all of the world’s Catholics to participate in a consultation about how the Church journeys with them, invites their authentic communication, listens to their concerns, and promotes their participation in the full life of the Church. This consultation will bring together the people in the pews, clergy, religious and those living on the margins, in a gathering the Church calls a “synod.” This synod is focused on how the Church engages all of these groups in the life of the Church all levels. The synod’s theme is “For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation and Mission,” and it is to conclude in 2023.
Parishes in the diocese are consulting their members in March as part of an extraordinary consultation of Catholics worldwide called a “synod.” This process involves answering three questions in a group of six to eight people in about 70 minutes. The participants will briefly share their experiences in the Church and their hopes for its future.The process is anonymous. The session is an opportunity for members to listen to each other. And the information it yields will help the Church to better understand the feelings of its members and to strengthen their participation in the life of the Church at all levels.
Why have it?
The Catholic Church is facing unprecedented challenges the world over. Many have stopped practicing their faith. Countries, communities and families are divided. The pandemic is having a devastating impact. In this crucial moment, the Church is forging a pathway to profound renewal. The Church is holding a consultation, or synod, inviting participants to encounter one another, listen to each other’s experiences, and discover together what God is calling the Church to do in these times. The insights that come from this consultation will be used to renew our parishes, schools and the diocese itself by strengthening a church culture that listens to its faithful, makes them co-responsible for the life of the church and reflects their wisdom.
Catholic groups and small communities also will hold these discussions. The diocese will invite the staff and parents at our Catholic schools to participate in this consultation. Keep an eye out for the announcement of when your parish, group or school will hold these discussions and please sign up to attend. The diocese also will invite people who live on the margins of society to participate, including refugees and newly arrived immigrants, the homeless, and the formerly incarcerated, working with the Catholic organizations that serve them.