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
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 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)