Pope Francis is inviting the entire Church to reflect on its life and mission: “It is precisely this path of synodality which God expects of the Church of the third millennium.” This journey, which follows in the wake of the Church’s “renewal” proposed by the Second Vatican Council, is both a gift and a task: by journeying together and reflecting together on the journey that has been made, the Church will be able to learn through Her experience which processes can help Her to live communion, to achieve participation, to open Herself to mission. Our “journeying together” is, in fact, what most effectively enacts and manifests the nature of the Church as the pilgrim and missionary People of God.
“…the purpose of this Synod is not to produce more documents. Rather, it is intended to inspire people to dream about the Church we are called to be, to make people’s hopes flourish, to stimulate trust, to bind up wounds, to weave new and deeper relationships, to learn from one another, to build bridges, to enlighten minds, warm hearts, and restore strength to our hands for our common mission” (Synod Preparatory Document)
On October 17th 2021 the world will celebrate the opening of the Synod: “For a Synodal Church: communion, participation, and mission”. Each parish across the diocese will join in prayer for the Synod that weekend and resources will be forthcoming to support parishes in this process.
This Synod will have a 3-phase consultation: diocesan, continental and universal. Pope Francis is asking all Catholic dioceses around the world to start consulting with parishioners and others to hear the voices of the People of God.