Synod Process: Parish Leadership Teams Discuss Proposals for June Synod Assembly

The next stage of the Archdiocesan Synod process will take place on the weekends of February 26 and March 5, with parish synod leadership teams – 10 Catholics and their pastor – meeting in each parish to pray, discuss and propose changes. to the proposals for the Synod Assembly in June.

The proposals are based on feedback shared during breakout sessions held in parishes last fall, and even some reflections from past prayer and listening events, Archbishop Bernard Hebda told the host. of “Practicing Catholic” Patrick Conley for a show starting at 9 p.m. on February 18 on Relevant. Radio 1:30 p.m.

Bishop Bernard Hebda

“So basically the process is a sharpening and funneling process,” the Archbishop said.

Bishop Hebda joined Conley to discuss the next steps in the synod process. “It is important that the whole Church understands what we are doing and why we are doing it, and how things are going,” the Archbishop said.

Pope Francis has called on Catholics to be a synodal Church, the archbishop said. In some ways, it’s easy for people to just watch this event, he said. “But we must always remember that while this is true, that the Church by its nature should be synodal and consultative, that this is also going to be an ongoing process.” The archdiocese is setting priorities for the next three to five years, he said, and a need for more activity will follow, but not as intensely as what the archdiocese is currently experiencing.

“But we know that as we examine the great need of our parishes, it must be an ongoing discernment of where the Holy Spirit will lead us,” he said.

Bishop Hebda celebrates Mass at St. Paul’s Cathedral in St. Paul on the morning of the first day of parish consultations, followed by an invitation to adoration.

For most people in the Archdiocese, he said, at this point, “it is an opportunity to pray and prepare their hearts for whatever the Holy Spirit may ask of us after the Synod. So the emphasis would definitely be on prayer at this point.

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The full interview with Bishop Hebda also airs at 1 p.m. on February 19 and 2 p.m. on February 20.

Produced by Relevant Radio and the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, the latest show also includes interviews with Liz Kelly and Nell O’Leary of Blessed Is She, who describe a new devotional book called “Made New”; and Deacon Nathan Allen, Metropolitan Court Judge for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, who discusses marriage annulments and free annulment consultations on Ash Wednesday.

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