Synod

You are invited to participate in the worldwide Synod on Synodality.

What is a Synod?

A Synod is a journey of discernment, in which the People of God are called to pray and reflect upon the Holy Spirit’s will for the Church. Through listening and sharing, we will seek to understand what the Holy Spirit’s will is for the Church as we look towards the future.

What is a Listening Session?

A Listening Session is a gathering at the parish to meet with other parishioners and to share on the topics of communion, participation and mission in the Church. Attending a Listening Session is the means for parishioners to participate in the worldwide Synod process. During the months of February and March we will host Listening Sessions here in the parish for all parishioners. At the Listening Sessions we will have the opportunity to share our ideas and opinions, guided by the Holy Spirit, in a small group format. This is also a great way for us to grow as a community and listen and learn from one another.
Below is a list of the scheduled dates and times. All sessions will take place in the parish
center. You can register by clicking here. Please join us!

Listening Sessions Schedule
February 27, 10:30am
February 28, 5:30pm
March 7, 9:30am
March 7, 7:30pm
March 9, 7:00pm
March 14, 9:30am
March 14, 6:30pm
March 15, 6:30pm
March 16, 6:30pm
March 21, 6:30pm

How do you participate in the Synod?

Pray – In order to walk together and listen to the Holy Spirit we need to pray.
Prepare – Think about how the Spirit is calling you in your life and that of the Church.
Attend – Parish Listening Sessions (day and evening) will be held in the coming weeks.
Every voice counts, so please register for upcoming Listening Session by clicking here.

What do you need to know?

• Pope Francis has invited the entire Catholic Church to embark on this journey together. All
members of the Church are being called to participate in this process.
• The Synodal process begins at the diocesan level, then proceeds to the national
conference level and culminates in the universal phase at a Synod of Bishops in Rome in
October 2023.
• In this first phase, each diocese around the world will convene a local Synod. In the
Diocese of Palm Beach, Bishop Gerald Barbarito has invited all of us to embark on this
journey of listening, embracing the diversity and complexity of our diocesan community.
• The St. Patrick Pastoral Council and staff members of the Church will be facilitating the
process at our parish. Look for more details in the bulletin, on the website and via email
as dates for listening sessions are confirmed.

Questions?

Contact the Chair of St Patrick Pastoral Council, Terri Ipsen, 814-440-5498 or
terri.ipsen@gmail.com.

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