Church of the Nativity Synod - March 23, 2022 - 6-9pm - Holy Family Activity Center (Gym)
Please click below for the Synod Invitation from Bishop McElroy at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTpumEZDql8 and then fill out the form at the bottom of this page to register for our Synod on March 23, 2022 from 6-9pm.
What is this consultation?
Pope Francis is inviting all of the world’s Catholics to participate in a consultation about how the Church journeys with them, invites their authentic communication, listens to their concerns, and promotes their participation in the full life of the Church.
This consultation will bring together the people in the pews, clergy, religious and those living on the margins, in a gathering the Church calls a “synod.” This synod is focused on how the Church engages all of these groups in the life of the Church all levels. The synod’s theme is “For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation and Mission,” and it is to conclude in 2023.
Why have it?
The Catholic Church is facing unprecedented challenges the world over. Many have stopped practicing their faith. Countries, communities and families are divided. The pandemic is having a devastating impact. In this crucial moment, the Church is forging a pathway to profound renewal. The Church is holding a consultation, or synod, inviting participants to encounter one another, listen to each other’s experiences, and discover together what God is calling the Church to do in these times. The insights that come from this consultation will be used to renew our parishes, schools and the diocese itself by strengthening a church culture that listens to its faithful, makes them co-responsible for the life of the church and reflects their wisdom.
How can I participate?
The consultation will take place through small group discussions with six to eight people. Parishes will host these discussions in March. Catholic groups and small communities also will hold these discussions. The diocese will invite the staff and parents at our Catholic schools to participate in this consultation. Keep an eye out for the announcement of when your parish, group or school will hold these discussions and please sign up to attend. The diocese also will invite people who live on the margins of society to participate, including refugees and newly arrived immigrants, the homeless, and the formerly incarcerated, working with the Catholic organizations that serve them.
The consultation will start in March at our parishes, Catholic groups, and schools. Catholic organizations that work with individuals living on the margins of society will convene small-group meetings during this period.
For full Synod information please check our Diocesan Website.
Synod Registration Form
If you are able to attend please fill out our Synod Registration Form below so we may plan accordingly.
Diocesan Synthesis Report
July 22, 2022 - Cardinal Designate McElroy in consultation with the Synod Commission has completed and released the Diocesan Synthesis Report for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Over 10,000 youth, young adults, adults, and members of marginalized groups voiced their sorrows, joys, and hopes for a more synodal church. More than 400 small group sessions took place. Please take a moment and read the Diocesan Synthesis Report.