Synod 2021-2023

Participate in the synod! Your last chance is April 27 when the submission platform closes!

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

 

 

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Why not spend time with the future of the Church? Participate in the synodal process and do just that!

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:

https://redcap.cru.ucalgary.ca/surveys/index.php?s=X4X83PDMAC

 

 

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Synod Information April 10, 2022

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.

For more details, check out our parish and Archdiocese websites (https://stdominicsavio.caedm.ca and https://caedm.ca/).

 

 

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Still pondering what you can contribute to the synod?

Here’s a little food for thought to inspire you as you prepare to submit your responses to the synodal questions.

  • What helps or prevents you from being active in the Church’s mission?
  • What areas of the Church’s mission are we missing or neglecting?
  • What particular issues in the Church do we need to pay more attention to?
  • What particular issues in society do we need to pay more attention to?
  • How can we, the local Church, journey with our Indigenous sisters and brothers in a process of healing and reconciliation?

 

Be heard! Participate! Look for further information on the parish and archdiocese websites(caedm.ca/synod), previous bulletins, and on the board in the church foyer.

 

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 Some random synodal stuff…..

– 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

with conversations.

– 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!

Please click below for saving and returning later instructions.

Saving and Return Later Option Online Platform

 

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March 19 — 20, 2022 – Synod Info F

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

https://stdominicsavio.caedm.ca/2022/02/25/synod-questions/

Link to the submission platform:

https://redcap.cru.ucalgary.ca/surveys/index.php?s=X4X83PDMAC

 

You can also submit by mail (8421 101 St., Edmonton, AB T6A 0L1) or request computer assistance through the parish office to submit online.

 

 

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Ready to submit your personal story to the Holy Father?

Good, because your voice matters!

Have you prayed about the synod, reviewed the consultative questions and attended a listening session yet? There are many listening session dates and times to choose from. You only need to respond to questions that speak to you. Just tell your story!

In the spirit of the synod, avoid the temptation…

  • of wanting to lead ourselves instead of being led by God
  • to focus on ourselves and our immediate concerns
  • to only see problems
  • of focusing only on structures
  • not to look beyond the visible confines of the Church
  • to lose focus on the objectives of the Synodal process
  • of conflict and division
  • to treat the Synod as a kind of parliament or town hall meeting
  • to listen only to those who are already involved in Church activities
  • of simplifying this process to the level of a “to do” list

Link to the submission platform:

You can also submit by mail or request computer assistance through the parish office.

Further information, including listening sessions, is available on this website, in the bulletin, on the board in the foyer, and on the archdiocese website (caedm.ca/synod). Stay informed and be heard!

Great video to help understand the consultative questions: https://www.liverpoolcatholicresources.com/synod2023-discussion

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Strengthen the mission of Christ: your voice matters

Strengthen the mission of Christ: your voice matters

The Holy Father is calling everyone to strengthen the mission of Christ: your voice matters in the synodal process!

Pray and learn about your potential role in the synod, and be informed about it and the global Catholic Church.  If you haven’t already, check out the synod information PowerPoint. To participate, you are invited to attend at least one of the listening sessions starting on March 9 to April 27, and submit your responses. These are contemplative sessions, so you can hear the Holy Spirit’s call to you and listen openly and generously to each other. The sessions will guide you through the question process and how to submit your response. To have a better experience, review 2 or 3 of the consultative questions that speak to you before attending your session. There are even special listening sessions for youth! One of the youth sessions is a retreat on March 19 for youth in grades 10-12. See the link below for details and to register before March 14. Stay informed and raise your voice!

 

Be heard! Attend at least one listening session in our parish and online through the archdiocese:

 

Wednesday March 9  from 7 to 830 pm (parish zoom – link on the parish website)
Tuesday March 15  from 9 to 1030 am (church basement)
Saturday  March 19 at St. Charles Parish*
*Retreat specifically for youth grades 9-12, register below
Sunday March 27 from 315 to 445 pm (church basement)
Tuesday March 29 from 7-9 pm (archdiocese)
Wednesday March 30 from 7-9 pm (archdiocese)
Thursday March 31 from 1-3 pm (archdiocese)
Thursday March 31 from 6-730 pm (parish zoom – link on the parish website)
Friday April 1 from 10-noon (archdiocese)
Saturday April 2 from 10-noon (archdiocese)
Saturday April 9 from 6 to 730 pm (Church basement)
Monday, April 11 from 7 to 830 pm (parish zoom – link on the parish website)
Friday April 22 from 6 to 730 pm (church basement)

Further information including listening sessions is in our parish bulletin, on the board in the foyer, and the archdiocese website (https://caedm.ca/synod). Stay informed and be heard!

 

Here is the link to the youth retreat:

https://caedm.ca/event/catholic-youth-synodal-retreat/

 

Check out the Edmonton Archdiocese website (caedm.ca/synod), including their many videos (https://caedm.ca/synod/videos)

Here’s a good introduction to the synod video:                            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I5lAktuejwo

Curious about the synod logo? Check this video out: https://catholicnews.sg/2021/10/17/the-symbolism-of-the-synod-logo/

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How and when will I participate in this Synod?

How and when will I participate in this Synod?

We hope you are eager to participate in this synod because we are ready to go.

To get you started, there will be several information sessions held starting February 28 to March 5 both in our parish and online through the archdiocese. The information session PowerPoint document will be on our website.

Pray the synod prayer.

There are proposed questions to help you discern (understand) what the Holy Spirit is guiding us to respond to Pope Francis’ invitation.  Starting March 9 to the end of April, there will be several Listening Sessions to facilitate discussion related to the proposed questions.

You will submit your anonymous responses to the Archdiocese synod coordinator before April 29. She will then compile these into a document to be forwarded to the Vatican. The Vatican will compile a document from these and submit it to Pope Francis to assist him with guiding the Church into the future.

The questions are available on our parish website, the Archdiocese website and we also have paper copies if you prefer. Reviewing and praying about these questions is beneficial before attending a listening session. There is no need to pre-register for parish sessions, all are welcome. All synodal information is available in any language.

Check the board in the foyer, our website, and the archdiocese website (caemd.ca/synod) for more details.

Stay informed and participate.

Information sessions:

  • Monday, February 28 from 7-745 pm (zoom link in the bulletin/on the parish website)
  • Tuesday, March 1 from 9-945 am (church basement)
  • Tuesday, March 1 from 10 to noon (archdiocese)
  • Wednesday, March 2 from 7 to 9 pm (archdiocese)
  • Saturday, March 5 from 4-445 pm (on zoom and church basement)

Cardinal Collins speaks on the synod: https://caedm.ca/synod/vatican-resources

 Synod info PowerPoint: https://stdominicsavio.caedm.ca/2022/02/25/synod-info-powerpoint/

Synod Questions: https://stdominicsavio.caedm.ca/2022/02/25/synod-questions/ 

Edmonton Archdiocese website: https://caedm.ca/synod

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Synod Questions

Consultation Questions For a Synodal Church

Communion, Participation, and Mission: Your Voice Matters

What do the words “synod” and “synodality” really mean? ‘Synod’ is an ancient word in the Tradition of the Church, indicating the path along which the People of God walk together.

This synod is different because usually mainly Bishops participate and for this synod, Pope Francis has invited each of us to walk together in unity on this journey of hope for the future of the Church.

Live in COMMUNION By his gracious will, God gathers us together as diverse peoples of one faith, through the covenant that he offers to his people.

Achieve PARTICIPATION A call for the involvement of all who belong to the People of God, laity, consecrated and ordained – to engage in the exercise of deep and respectful listening to one another.

Open to MISSION – The Church exists to evangelize. Our mission is to witness to the love of God in the whole human family.

This Synod has begun in our parish. Information around this synod and the upcoming process is readily available. You can then participate by doing a listening phase where everyone is encouraged to gather, respond to stimulus questions/images/scenarios together, listen to each other, and provide individual and group feedback, ideas, reactions, and suggestions.

Synodal speaking and listening are oriented towards discernment (obtaining spiritual guidance and understanding without judgement) in which people listen to each other, to their faith tradition, and to the signs of the times in order to discern what God is saying to all of us.

An online engagement platform is available to engage those who wish to submit their anonymous feedback electronically. There is also an opportunity to submit written feedback if necessary.

All Archdiocese feedback will be gathered into a synthesis document, forwarded to the Vatican for compilation, and then to an episcopal conference. Pope Francis will then consider this as he guides the Church in the future.

Where can I find more information about the Synod?

Our parish bulletin, the board in the foyer, our parish website, the archdiocese website (caedm.ca/synod), Eugenia Pagnotta-Kowalczyk, Ph.D., the Synod Coordinator for the Archdiocese of Edmonton directly via email: synod@caedm.ca Or by calling (780) 965 4694 Twitter: @eugiepk Follow the Synod on Social Media: #Synod #ListeningChurch @archedmonton

Synodal Prayer To The Holy Spirit

We stand before You, Holy Spirit, as we gather together in Your name.
With You alone to guide us, Make Yourself at home in our hearts;
Teach us the way we must go and how we are to pursue it.
We are weak and sinful; do not let us promote disorder.
Do not let ignorance lead us down the wrong path or partiality influence our actions.
Let us find in You our unity so that we may journey together to eternal life and not stray from the way of truth and what is right.
All this we ask of You, who are at work in every place and time, in the communion of the Father and the Son, forever and ever.
Amen.

The Main Question for Consultation

A Synodal Church, in announcing the Gospel, “journeys together.” How is this “journeying together” happening today in your local Church? What steps does the Spirit invite us to take to grow in our “journeying together”? (PD, 26)

In responding to this question, we are invited to:

  • Recall our experiences: What experiences of our local Church does this question call to mind?
  • Re-read these experiences in greater depth: What joys did they bring? What difficulties and obstacles have they encountered? What wounds did they reveal? What insights have they elicited?
  • Gather the fruits to share: Where in these experiences does the voice of the Holy Spirit resound? What is the Spirit asking of us? What are the points to be confirmed, the prospects for change, the steps to be taken? Where do we register a consensus? What paths are opening up for our local Church?

In responding to these questions, it is helpful to remember that “journeying together” occurs in two deeply interconnected ways. First, we journey together with one another as the People of God. Next, we journey together as the People of God with the entire human family. These two perspectives enrich one another and are helpful for our common discernment towards deeper communion and a more fruitful mission.

SOME ADDITIONAL GUIDE QUESTIONS

The questions below are meant to help you reflect on specific events in your journey that have stood out from the rest, you do not have to answer all of them.

COMPANIONS ON THE JOURNEY

In the Church and society, we are side by side on the same road

  • In our local Church, who are the ones “journeying together”?
  • Who are our companions on the journey, including those outside the boundaries of the Church?
  • How are we called to grow as companions?

LISTENING

Listening is the first step, but it requires an open mind and heart, without prejudice.

  • How is God speaking to us through voices we sometimes ignore?
  • How are the laity listened to, especially women and young people?
  • What facilitates or inhibits our listening?
  • How do we integrate the contribution of Consecrated Men and Women?
  • What space is there for the voice of minorities, especially people who experience poverty, marginalization, or social exclusion?
  • What are some limitations in our ability to listen, especially to those who have different views than our own?
  • How do we listen to the social and cultural context in which we live?
  • How well do we listen to those on the peripheries?

SPEAKING OUT

All are invited to speak with courage and parrhesia, that is, in freedom, truth, and charity.

  • What enables or hinders speaking up courageously, candidly, and responsibly in our local Church and society?
  • When and how do we manage to say what is important to us?
  • How does the relationship with the local media work (not only Catholic media)?
  • Who speaks on behalf of the Christian community, and how are they chosen?

CELEBRATION

“Walking together” is only possible if it is based on communal listening to the Word and the celebration of the Eucharist.

  • How do prayer and liturgical celebrations inspire and direct our “journeying together”?
  • How do they inspire the most important decisions?
  • How do we promote the active participation of all the faithful in the liturgy?
  • What space is given to the exercise of the ministries of Lector and Acolyte?

CO-RESPONSIBLE IN MISSION

Synodality is at the service of the Church’s mission, in which all her members are called to participate.

  • Since we are all missionary disciples, how is every baptized person called to participate in the mission of the Church?
  • What hinders the baptized from being active in mission?
  • What areas of mission are we neglecting?
  • How does the community support its members who serve society in various ways (social and political involvement, scientific research, education, promoting social justice, protecting human rights, caring for the environment, etc.)?
  • How does the Church help these members to live out their service to society in a missionary way?
  • How is discernment about missionary choices made and by whom?
  • How are the different traditions that constitute the patrimony of many Churches, especially the Oriental ones, integrated and adapted, with respect to the synodal style, in view of an effective Christian witness?
  • How does collaboration work in territories where different sui iuris Churches are present?

DIALOGUE IN CHURCH AND SOCIETY

Dialogue is a path of perseverance that also includes silences and sufferings, but which is capable of gathering the experience of persons and peoples.

  • What are the places and means of dialogue within our particular Church?
  • How are divergences of vision, or conflicts and difficulties addressed?
  • How do we promote collaboration with neighbouring dioceses, religious communities in the area, lay associations and movements, etc.?
  • What particular issues in the Church and society do we need to pay more attention to?
  • What experiences of dialogue and collaboration do we have with believers of other religions and with those who have no religious affiliation?
  • How does the Church dialogue with and learn from other sectors of society: the spheres of politics, economics, culture, civil society, and people who live in poverty?

ECUMENISM

The dialogue between Christians of different confessions, united by one Baptism, has a special place in the Synodal journey.

  • What relationships does our Church community have with members of other Christian traditions and denominations?
  • What do we share and how do we journey together?
  • What fruits have we drawn from this “journeying together”?
  • What are the difficulties?
  • How can we take the next step in walking forward with each other?

AUTHORITY AND PARTICIPATION

A synodal Church is a participatory and co-responsible Church.

  • How does our Church community identify the goals to be pursued, the way to reach
    them, and the steps to be taken?
  • How is authority or governance exercised within our particular Church
    (Diocese/Eparchy)?
  • How are teamwork and co-responsibility put into practice?
  • How are evaluations conducted and by whom?
  • How are lay ministries and the responsibility of lay people promoted?
  • Have we had fruitful experiences of synodality on a local level?
  • How do synodal bodies function at the level of the particular Church (Pastoral Councils in parishes and dioceses, Presbyteral Council, etc.)?

DISCERNING AND DECIDING

In a Synodal style, decisions are made through discernment, based on a consensus that flows from the common obedience to the Spirit.

  • By what procedures and methods do we discern together and make decisions?
  • How can they be improved?
  • How do we promote participation in decision-making within hierarchically structured communities?
  • Do our decision-making methods help us to listen to the whole People of God?
  • What is the relationship between consultation and decision-making, and how do we put these into practice?
  • What tools and procedures do we use to promote transparency and accountability?
  • How can we grow in communal spiritual discernment?

FORMING OURSELVES IN SYNODALITY

The spirituality of journeying together is meant to become an educational principle for the formation of the human person and for Christians, families, and communities.

  • How does our church community form people to be more capable of “walking together,” listening to one another, participating in mission, and engaging in dialogue?
  • What formation is offered to foster discernment and the exercise of authority in a Synodal way?
  • What tools help us to read the dynamics of the culture in which we are immersed and their impact on our style of Church?

Additional Questions

  • Please describe in one or two paragraphs the experience of the local gathering(s) held, as well as of the entire local Synodal consultations.
  • Based on the experience of your consultation(s), could you sum up in one or two sentences how the Spirit is calling us to grow in “journeying together” in your particular Church?
  • Are any other important issues that emerged from your local consultation not captured in any of the above questions?

View a printable version here:

Click to access Synod-Questions-Phase1_DiocesanConsultation.pdf