A Synod on Synodality – Communion, Participation and Mission

By walking together, and together reflecting on the journey made, the Church will be able to learn from what it will experience which processes can help it live communion, to achieve participation, to open itself to mission.” – Pope Francis

Pope Francis, on the 24 April 2021, approved a new synodal program for the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops. Initially the Synod, “For a synodal Church: communion, participation and mission,” was hoped to commence in the month of October 2022.   However, it was delayed and now will begin in each local diocese on October 17, 2021.  Pope Francis will formally open the universal synod in Rome on October 10th.

This path toward the celebration of the Synod consists of three phases, between October 2021 and October 2023, a diocesan phase and a continental phase that will give life to two different working documents and finally a conclusive phase at the level of the Universal Church.  These three phases will lead up to a formal teaching document that will be provided to the universal Church in 2023.

During our local phase, we will ask for input in the areas presented in the preparatory document from all the People of God via a variety of methods.  It is hoped that as many people as possible take part in this historical event and that it truly will bear fruit for the Diocese of St. Augustine as we listen to one another.  One method that will be used is gathering in small groups across the diocese in prayerful discernment.  These dates, all Thursdays, and times will be:

November 11, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. – St. Anastasia, St. Augustine

December 9, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. – St. Matthew, Jacksonville

January 13, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. – Sacred Heart, Fleming Island

January 20, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. – St. Madeleine Sophie, High Springs

February 3, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. – Queen of Peace, Gainesville (the parish has a 6:00 p.m. Mass)

February 24, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. – Assumption, Jacksonville