Next Prayer & Listening Sessions:
Saturday, January 25 – 9:00 am – 12:00 pm at St. Peter Claver, St. Paul.
Tuesday, January 28 – 6:00 – 9:00 pm at Pax Christi, Eden Prairie
Saturday, Febraury 1 – 9 am – 12:00 pm at St. Stephen, Minneapolis (Bilingual: English & Spanish)
Fr. Stan talked about the Synod in his July 7 bulletin article:
“The week of June 17 most of the priests of the Archdiocese gathered in Rochester as we do every two years. Quite a bit of it is socializing, prayer and relaxing, but there are a number of meetings and talks as well. One of the topics was the Synod which was just officially announced at the Vigil of Pentecost. (See the June 6 issue of the Catholic Spirit.) The actual Synod will take place May 21-23 of 2021. During the next two years there will be many prayer and listening events, including one in Victoria this September 24. Everyone is invited to the events. I will be asking some people to be part of a “parish synod ambassador team” whose members will also attend one of these listening events, but also have other responsibilities. In the fall of 2020 there will be some small groups meeting, with discussion centered around the topics that arose at the listening sessions. Eventually two or three people from a parish will attend the actual synod in May of 2021, along with some, but by no means all, priests. You will be hearing much more about this over the next two years, and then, about six months after, in the document that is published. It will likely affect parishes and parish planning for years afterward.”
Information from the Archdiocese:
This Pentecost (June 8-9, 2019), the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis began a Synod process. The goal of the Archdiocesan Synod is to help Archbishop Hebda discern, through a consultative process, the pastoral priorities of our local Church today – and into the near future. Your participation, as the Catholic faithful, is key to a successful Synod. You are invited to participate by offering your prayers, pastoral concerns, and ideas for moving this Archdiocese forward. Learn more about the Synod and see a listing of Prayer and Listening events scheduled for fall 2019 – winter 2020 at archspm.org/synod.
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Join as a Community in Prayer for the Synod!
Synod Prayer Journal
Dear Friend in Christ,
Thank you for joining with us in prayer during this monumental time for our Archdiocese. We are so grateful for you! During the next two years we will worship and pray together, listen to God together and converse with one another. Our hope for this time is to discern what God desires for the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. But we also hope that this discernment process will personally draw us more deeply into the love of the Lord and help us to grow in love for one another. To do this we begin with prayer.
This prayer journal is a guide for our journey. It is designed to lead us in discernment for our local Church while also providing an opportunity for each individual to learn and grow. It also will connect us to the greater Catholic Church as the Scripture passages will be largely taken from the daily Mass readings for the liturgical calendar.
As we begin, we turn to Saint Paul, who so beautifully expresses gratitude and prayer for you and for our local Church:
Therefore, I too, hearing of your faith in the Lord Jesus and of your love for all the holy ones, do not cease in giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of Glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation resulting in knowledge of him. May the eyes of your hearts be enlightened, that you may know what is the hope that belongs to his call, what are the riches of glory in his inheritance among the holy ones, and what is the surpassing greatness of his power for us who believe, in accord with the exercise of his great might… (Ephesians 1:15-19)
May God bless you and our Archdiocese,
The Team for the 2021 Synod
Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis