October 2021: Silent Witness
That as St. Joseph listened in silence to Jesus and Mary, we in our Synod Consultations would listen attentively to one another and the Holy Spirit.
November 2021: Patron of a Happy Death
That as St. Joseph approached his own death in the happy company of Jesus and Mary, he would grant all who have journeyed with us in the Synod the grace of completing our own journeys in peace.
Archdiocese Synod 2022
Please plan to attend the Fall Synod Small Group Meetings at St. Gregory the Great parish. This is an opportunity for every parishioner to provide input for Archbishop Hebda that will help shape the future of our local Church through the ongoing Archdiocesan Synod process. Small Group meetings are available in the morning or the evening, and run for six consecutive weeks beginning in October
Wednesday 9:30am-11:30am – October 6, 13, 20, 27 and November 3, 10
Thursday 7:00pm-9:00pm – October 7, 14, 21, 28 and November 4, 11
All voices, young and old, are needed in the Small Groups to discuss how we, as a Church, can better pass on our beautiful Catholic Faith whether in our homes or in the broader world. Please plan to join us! Registration will be available soon; however, it is not required.
Contact Linda Downie (507-202-5018) or Teresa Peterson (651-257-1643) with questions about the Small Groups meetings or to volunteer to be a facilitator at the meetings.
In 2019, Archbishop Hebda announced the Archdiocese Synod. Many of us were asking: What is a Synod? What is the purpose? Archbishop Hebda explains that “A Synod is a formal representative assembly designed to help a bishop in his shepherding of the local Church. The purpose is “to discern and establish clear pastoral priorities in a way that will both promote greater unity and lead us to a more vigorous proclamation of Jesus’ good news.”
A Synod is a time for mutual listening, a time of growing in unity, and a time of becoming a Church that more effectively proclaims the gospel. All the faithful must be engaged in the process.
In late Fall 2019 and early 2020, many parishioners attended a listening session facilitated by members of the Archdiocese Synod team. Then CoVID hit and the Archdiocese put plans to disseminate information learned from the listening sessions on hold until early 2021.
In the coming weeks, you will hear more about the three focus areas Archbishop Hebda has defined stemming from the listening sessions and how each parish in the diocese will be instrumental in continuing to build awareness and pave the path for the Synod moving forward.