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Synod 2021-2023

What will happen at a listening session?

  • First, there will be the exposition of the Blessed Sacrament.
  • Next, there will be reading from the Gospel.
  • After this, there will be time for silent meditation and listening.
  • We will then break into small sharing groups.
  • After this, we will reassemble to hear the main themes from each group.
  • Our time will conclude with Benediction and Reposition of the Blessed Sacrament.

Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, has asked that we avoid certain pitfalls to promote the vitality and fruitfulness of the Synodal process:

  •  The temptation of wanting to lead ourselves instead of being led by God.
  •  The temptation to focus on ourselves and our immediate concerns.
  •  The temptation to only see “problems.”
  •  The temptation of focusing only on structures.
  •  The temptation not to look beyond the visible confines of the Church.
  •  The temptation to lose focus of the objectives of the Synodal Process.
  •  The temptation of conflict and division.
  •  The temptation to treat the Synod as a kind of a parliament.
  •  The temptation to listen only to those who are already involved in Church activities.

May the listening sessions be a time to listen to God and to each other.
May we hear what God has to tell us and where He desires to lead us!

Here you will find resources for the parish listening sessions.

Facilitator’s Guide for Listening Session
Listening Session Guide
Preparatory Document for Listening Sessions
Note Taker Pad for Listening Sessions
Questions Guide for the Listening Sessions

 


Contacts:

Very Rev. Jonathan C. Wallis, V.G.
Synod Diocesan Contact Person

Paola Quintero-Araújo, MA
Synod Diocesan Contact Person

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