Fr Paul Gary addresses the parish:
Recently, Pope Francis announced the Sixteenth Ordinary Synod of Bishops which began in 2021 and will culminate in 2023 in Rome. The papal theme for the Synod is to become a Synodal Church through Communion, Participation, and Mission. We journey as a Church together, all of us - Pope, bishops, clergy, parishes, schools, Catholic organizations, and with those on the margins. Christ's mission can only be accomplished by all of us, collaborating together to make the Gospel heard in our time.
Pope Francis has given us an extraordinary opportunity. He wants to hear from every part of the Church throughout the world - those committed to the Church, those who have left the Church, never been part of the Church and who feel unwelcomed. Each of us at St Luke is being asked to join in and participate in this historic, global process - particularly by attending one of the Listening Sessions being organized.
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The Diocesan phase in which we will be able to reflect locally and give feedback to the Diocese.
Nov. 13-14, 2021: Letter by Bishop Peter J. Jugis is read at Masses
Nov. 15, 2021 – Dec. 31, 2021: Preparation of local gatherings of all the diocesan groups
Jan. 1, 2022 – April 30, 2022: Local gatherings of all the diocesan groups
The Continental phase in which all dioceses will synthesize feedback and send a report to the Bishops' Conference in Washington, D.C. (USCCB).
June 11, 2022: Common gathering of all the diocesan groups’ representatives
June 30, 2022: Diocese of Charlotte synthesis is sent to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
The universal phase, which will be the actual Synod of bishops in Rome in October 2023.
Frequently asked questions
What is a synod?
A synod is a gathering of bishops (usually every 2-3 years) that helps the Church to walk forward together in the same direction. The focus of this synod is “communion, participation, mission”. This is a synod on synodality. The word “synod” comes from two Greek words signifying a journey by companions marked by sharing and fellowship. It is unique because it is a two-year process for the *entire* baptized People of God (not just the bishops).
What is this Synod on Synodality all about?
The papal theme for the Synod is to become a Synodial Church through Communion, Participation, and Mission. This is a historic opportunity to respond to Pope Francis' invitation to journey as a Church together to listen to the Holy Spirit and discern a way forward.
How can I participate?
We would love to reach as many people as possible (everyone!) by participation in various listening sessions. We will have opportunities for you to be invovled in-person, online, during the day, in the evening, and also on the weekend. If none of the times work for you, members of our team are open to meeting with you by appointment. Lastly, we want to hear EVERY voice, so we'll also be creating an opportunity to submit written responses as an alternative.
What are the Listening Sessions going to be like?
The ENTIRE parish is invited to attend one of our Listening Sessions, with a special session for our Hispanic community in Spanish and a specific one for our leadership (staff and Servant Leadership Team). They will take place throughout February and possibly into March. Each session with have a facilitator and recording team. Participants will be invited to come forward to a standing mic to offer their throughtful responses to our questions.
What will we be discussing?
Pope Francis says “what is under discussion at synodal gatherings are not the traditional truths of Christian doctrine. The Synod is concerned mainly with how teaching can be lived and applied in the changing contexts of our time.”
1. How is our "journeying together" happening today at St Luke Church?
How can I volunteer to help? Who can I contact with more questions?
To volunteer to for questions, contact:
Adult Faith Formation Coordinator