Join us in the Synodal Process
Letter to the faithful from Father Ed Anderson (1/9/2022)
Pope Francis wants to hear from the whole Church about what is happening in local parishes. He and the bishops would like to know what individuals think we should all be doing to help make our parishes better. The way he has proposed doing this is a synodal process. Synod means “journeying together” and it involves listening to the Holy Spirit and to each other in order to discern the path we are called to walk together.
Parish Gatherings: the healthiest solution to any challenge is the most local solution. To do this we want to have listening sessions take place as locally as possible. Our goals are communion, participation, and mission. Our hope is that these sessions/conversations will lead directly to relationships, resources, and renewal in our parishes. Each parish/cluster will set a date and time, assign facilitators and scribes, arrange a welcoming environment, provide hospitality, and invite participation from all parishioners.
What we need now are volunteers. People who are good facilitators and scribes to keep notes. We do have training available and resources. Our expectation is that these synod gatherings should not take any longer than two hours and would be done after a Mass. Can you help? We need to get these synod meetings set up in the next two weeks and completed before February 20. If you can, please contact Shannon at the parish office. This is an exciting time in the Church.
To ensure the success of this process we need everyone to turn to prayer. The Church has asked us to pray the Synod Prayer to the Holy Spirit often.
Synodal Prayer to the Holy Spirit
We stand before You, Holy Spirit,
As we gather together in your name.
With you along 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
Nor 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.