Synod Encounters

A synod is a council of a church, usually convened to decide an issue of doctrine, administration or application.
What is this synod on synodality about and why is Pope Francis asking all Catholics to participate?
Synodality is a process of discernment with the aid of the Holy Spirit, involving bishops, priests, religious, and lay Catholics, each according to their gifts and charisms. In the words of the Holy Father, “Synodality is a style, it is a walk together, and it is what the Lord expects from the Church of the third millennium." The Synod of Bishops in Rome, planned for October 2023, will be the culmination of the process of synodality which the Holy Father has described; it is a world-wide event in three phases:

Diocesan phase: Consultation and participation of the People of God

International phase: Dialogue and discernment

Universal phase: The bishops of the world in Rome

Pope Francis offered three powerful reasons why we should all embrace his invitation to participate in the upcoming synodal process:
(1) to grow and thrive in the world we live in, the Catholic Church needs to strengthen cooperation in all areas of her mission, which is why the Church of the third millennium must be a synodal one;
(2) the development of a synodal church will have a great impact in the field of ecumenism. The more we learn to listen and work together - with and under the Pope—the better suited we will be to work and collaborate with other Christians;
(3) the testimony of a synodal Church will have a positive impact in a world in which small and powerful groups tend to determine the fate of entire peoples.

Pope Francis and Archbishop Gustavo invite you to join us as we gather for these Synod gatherings at St. Joseph Honey Creek in the Main Church.
The dates for the next encounters will be:
May 14 @ 6pm
May 15 @ 11:15 am