Synod on Synodality
PRAY - LISTEN - ANALYZE - DIALOGUE - DISCERN
Vatican Announces Synodal Process
Our Holy Father Pope Francis has invited the Catholic Church to embark on a journey together. Through listening and discernment rooted in the Holy Spirit, the entire people of God will be called to contribute to a process by which the Church deepens in understanding of Her mission and looks toward the future.
A Synod, which is the process by which the Church will begin this important work, is not just a convening of Bishops reflecting on a particular topic and advising the Pope. A Synod is a journey of discernment, in which the people of God are called to pray and reflect upon the Holy Spirit’s will for the Church. Through our listening and our sharing, we will seek to understand what the Holy Spirit’s will is for the topic being discussed – and thus, for the Church.
For the 2023 Ordinary Synod of Bishops, that topic is synodality. Simply put, synodality is discerning how the Spirit is moving through and with the Body of Christ, so that we may continue to fulfill our mission to evangelize in the world.
This synod is not about changing Church teaching but about listening to what the Holy Spirit is speaking into the hearts of the faithful.
The upcoming Synod is the fruit of the Spirit and the discernment of our Holy Father reading the signs of the times. He states, “It is precisely this path of synodality which God expects of the Church of the third millennium.” As Catholics, we are called to take up this mission in our own local Church, in or parishes, our communities, and in our families. By journeying together as a Church, and the Body of Christ and the People of God, we can better fulfill the missionary call of Christ: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20).
In the Diocese of St. Petersburg, Bishop Gregory Parkes has appointed Dr. Lois Locey, Secretary for Administration, to oversee the local effort. Details on this process will be shared with all parishes once it is available. Dr. Locey can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We invite you to visit this page often for news and updates.
News and Updates on the Synod on Synodality
LOCAL: Clergy, Religious and Lay Leaders Begin the Process of “Walking Together” for Vatican Synod (November 2021)
App Collects Prayers for the Synod (October 2021)
Vatican Releases Synod on Synodality Documents (September 2021)
Pope Francis Announces Synodal Process (May 2021)
Synod of Bishops Graphic (May 2021) This flowchart shows the timeline and process for the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops.
In our Parish, we have a group representing our Blessed Sacrament church. Our group are attending the Synodal Process trainings. The group is dedicated to learn and attend meetings about the Synod Process.
Thank you to this group for representing our Church at this important Synod.
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