Parish Synod

Pope Francis calls us to walk and breathe together, listen to each other and allow the Holy Spirit to work in us and through us to guide the Church Jesus entrusted to us here on earth in this synod on synodality. You can learn more about the synod on this page or by connecting to our Facebook event.

Father Mahon offers a reflection on this synod process in his January Update:

When and where is the meeting?

We will be gathering on Saturday, February 12th from 10:00am to 12:00pm in the Fellowship Hall just by the Gathering Space. Masks are required for anyone who comes to participate in person. A virtual Zoom option is available as well. Please Register to attend.

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What are we doing?

The group meeting will begin with an introduction, homily and prayer. We will then break into smaller groups to discuss a set of questions and then get back together to discuss what we have heard. There will be a small group facilitator and note taker for each group. We are all called to be attentive and active listeners and while we encourage everyone to share their thoughts, you are not required to do so. However, we want to encourage you to take time and reflect on the questions even if you do not choose to share your thoughts.

If you would like to learn more about the synod or connect to the larger process of the church as a whole, you can explore these resources:

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Who can participate in the meeting?

Anyone. You don’t have to be a practicing Catholic, or parish member. All are welcome and encouraged to participate.

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What are the questions?

1.What does the Eucharist mean to me?

2.Do I feel like I belong in the parish community? Why or why not?

3.How do we as a Church listen well, and where do we fall short in hearing the voices of all who live in the area?

4.How do prayer and liturgical celebrations actually inspire and guide our common life and mission in our community?

Our final question is a wrap-up of the session

5.What signs have you seen in our community that we are fostering a life of “walking together,” listening to one another, participating in mission and engaging in dialogue – all while paying attention to the movements of the Holy Spirit?

We encourage you to reflect on these questions in advance of the meeting.

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What if I can’t attend on the 12th?

We are planning other ways for people to participate, including a Zoom version of the large group meeting on Tuesday, February 22 from 7-9pm. We are also looking at other potential avenues to gather input. If you feel like you would like to participate but cannot attend any of the options, please contact Michelle Schmid.

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What will you do with the information you gather in the Synod?

We will summarize it and provide a report to Bishop Quinn, who in turn will convey it on to Pope Francis. We will also use it to guide our parish. We will make the report available for all who are interested.

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