Your voice matters! The Church’s synod consultation continues - what's next?
Whether you are in the pews every Sunday, or can't remember the last time you came to Mass, your voice matters! On September 6, 2022 an online survey will be available for anyone to provide feedback on your joys, sorrows, and hopes related to the Church. Your feedback will help our local church attend to people with beauty, goodness, and truth.
Some will receive a link to this survey via email but anyone is encouraged to take the survey. The survey will be completely anonymous and all are encouraged to participate in the survey even if you attended a Synod small group listening session in March, or those who may have distanced themselves from the Catholic Church, or perhaps left the Catholic faith completely, or anyone in between.
We invite you to follow this process right here, see Fr. Chris' 2-minute video, or visit the Diocese's webpage or social media.
Thank you to all who participated in a Synod listening session
In March, 2022, we had 196 people participate in one of our 26 Synod small group listening session here at St. B's. Listening sessions were held 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. Click here for our parish synod summary. If you have any questions or comments, contact Julie.
In the Diocese of San Diego, which includes those parishes in San Diego and Imperial Counties, over 10,000 people participated in a Synod small group listening session. In addition to parishioners, those in marginalized communities including refugees, migrant workers, those incarcerated and their familes, and homeless men and women participated. Teenagers in our schools and religious education programs also participated. Click here for our diocese synod summary which was sent to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).
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.