Synod: A brief update
Every Bishop’s conference in the world was expected to submit a ten-page synthesis report of the 10-page diocesan reports by August 15. The Vatican’s synod office will now distill the results into an “Instrumentum Laboris” or working document for the 2023 meeting of bishops in Rome.
We are all God’s children! As such He loves and cares for each and every one of us equally.
Pope Francis has requested that each and every one of us let him know how things are going for us spiritually, in today’s world and how we can assist him to guide the future of Jesus’ Church.
The Holy Spirit is asking each of us to discern what God is calling us to do, through this synodal process.
The last parish listening session is on April 22 at 6 pm in the parish hall and the final archdiocese listening sessions are on Saturday April 23 and Monday April 25. The last submission day is on April 27.
There is still time to participate in this first synodal process!
Further details are available on the parish and archdiocese websites, previous bulletins and on the board in the church foyer.
Stay informed and finally…. participate!
Archdiocese listening sessions:
Saturday, April 23: 10 a.m. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82600965726 Meeting ID: 826 0096 5726;
Monday, April 25: 7-9 p.m. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89386023286 Meeting ID: 893 8602 3286
Be open to God and listen to what the Holy Spirit is telling you….
Be open to the surprises the Holy Spirit will certainly prepare along the way as we journey together on this synodal process….
The purpose of this consultation is not to produce documents but to “plant dreams”, draw forth prophecies and visions, allow hope to flourish, inspire trust, bind up wounds, weave together relationships, awaken the dawn of hope, learn from one another and create bright resourcefulness that will enlighten minds, warm hearts, give strength to our hands….
There is still time to participate! The last parish listening session is on Friday, April 22 at 6 pm and the submission deadline is April 29.
Further details on the parish and archdiocese websites, previous bulletins, and on the board in the church foyer. Stay informed and be sure to participate soon!
Link to the submission Platform:
Thanks to those who have already participated in this synodal process. To the rest of you, still unsure about how to participate?
There are 4 easy steps ….
Pray to the Holy Spirit for guidance.
Check out the consultative questions for inspiration. You only need to consider the 2 main questions and maybe 2-3 of the others that inspire you.
Attend one of the 2 remaining listening sessions to help further discern what God is calling you to do and to get instructions on how to submit your responses to the Holy Father.
Sessions are on April 11(zoom) and April 22 (parish hall).
Submit your anonymous response and be heard!!
The submission platform closes on April 27, so don’t delay any longer.
– The submission platform for your responses is designed so you can return to it as many times as you want. Note your unique identifier code for multiple use.
– No one can access any personal information from your online submission; demographic information is used for overarching purposes
– You can submit responses by mail, don’t include personal information. Mailing address is: Synod Coordinator, Edmonton Catholic Archdiocese, 8421 101 St., Edmonton, AB T6A 0L1
– There is computer support if need be, to submit online; contact the parish office
– All synodal information and documents are available in all languages
– Talk to everyone and anyone about the synodal process, it is not just for practicing Catholics, everyone’s voice matters. Listening leaders can help
– The Archdiocese is hosting Lunch Monday meetings to ask questions and/or share information/experiences. No need to register, check the archdiocese website (caedm.ca/synod – events) for information and join the conversation. They are from 12 to 1 pm on March 28, April 4, April 11, and April 25.
-The Holy Father wants this to be the first of many synodal processes in the future
Further information is available on the parish and archdiocese websites, previous bulletins, and on the board in the church foyer.
Stay informed and participate!
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What in the world goes on at the synodal listening session??
Well… you gather with your peers to discern what the Holy Spirit is asking you to share. It is a safe and respectful space to reflect on a Bible reading followed by time spent contemplating and discussing some of the synodal consultation questions to help inspire your response. This is why it is recommended you review a few of the consultation questions before attending. Instructions on submitting your anonymous responses will also be provided.
What is shared in a listening session stays in the listening session!
Then you will be ready to submit your response and will have been heard!!
Stay informed and participate. Further information available on the parish and archdiocese website
caedm.ca/synod), as well as on the synod board in the church foyer.
Link to the synod questions with short introduction page
Link to the submission platform:
You can also submit by mail (8421 101 St., Edmonton, AB T6A 0L1) or request computer assistance through the parish office to submit online.
What does this Synod have to do with me?
What’s unique about this synod?
Unlike past synods, this one isn’t about addressing a particular issue but about becoming who God calls us to be as a Church, all of us together, amidst the reality of today’s world! For at least three reasons, the Synod started in October 2021 and is unprecedented.
- It is no longer only a one-month Synod of Bishops but a two-year synodal process for the entire People of God, all the baptized! All are invited and no one is to be left behind or excluded!
- It is a synod that aims on giving the entire Church a lived experience of synodality. It’s not just about filling in a questionnaire but gathering the fruits of what the Holy Spirit is saying to us here and now.
- The synod aims not just to talk about synodality, but to put synodality into practice from now onwards, in every diocese, parish, and country across the world. At every level of the Church, this calls all of us to renew our way of being and working together moving forward.
Attend one of the short information sessions at the church held on Monday, February 28 at 7 pm, Tuesday, March 1 at 9 am, or Saturday, March 5 at 4 pm (may also be on zoom). The Archdiocese is also offering these on zoom, check their website to register- (caedm.ca/synod – Register to Learn About the Synod, Tuesday, February 22, 10:00-12:00 pm, Join Zoom Meeting ID: 896 9651 9456, https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89696519456)
Starting Wednesday, March 9 we will be offering Listening Sessions to help you discern how the Holy Spirit is calling you to respond.
Keep checking the bulletin, bulletin board, our website, and the Archdiocese website (caedm.ca/synod) for more details.
Stay tuned, stay informed and participate.
Check out these YouTube videos: https://caedm.ca/synod/videos
What in the world is a Synod?
A Synod is a gathering, traditionally of bishops, that helps the Church to walk forward together in the same direction. The word “Synod” comes from the Greek syn-hodos, meaning “the same way” or “the same path.” Synods were common in the first centuries of Christianity, giving bishops the opportunities to meet and discuss issues of importance for the life of the Church. In 1965, Pope Paul VI instituted the Synod of Bishops at the universal level of the Church. He wanted a way of continuing the fraternal, collegial exchange that had been experienced at the Second Vatican Council, where bishops from across the globe had gathered together between 1962 and 1965. Since then, Synods have been organized every two or three years, bringing together bishops, experts, and various delegates to discuss topics like the Eucharist, the Word of God, the Middle East, the new evangelization, the family, young people, and the Amazon. In each case, bishops vote on a Final Document, then the pope writes his own text – called an “apostolic exhortation” – to open new pathways and shed new light on what was discussed at the synod, so that it can radiate across the entire Church.
Archbishop introduces this Synod: https://youtu.be/xKK8i_UJJSM
For further information, check out the Edmonton Archdiocese website (Caedm.ca)
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