Tag: Pre-synod

Preparation underway for fall pre-synod parish small groups

Preparation underway for fall pre-synod parish small groups

| March 24, 2020 | 0 Comments

At a time when COVID-19 is forcing Minnesotans to live apart, preparation is underway in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis to bring Catholics together this fall for hundreds of small groups to form in parishes, as the next step in the archdiocese’s pre-synod process.

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Becoming better listeners

Becoming better listeners

| Archbishop Bernard Hebda | January 30, 2020 | 0 Comments

In the context of our Pre-Synod Prayer and Listening events these past four months, I have frequently spoken about the “listening Church,” drawing often on observations that Pope Francis has made on that theme and on a 2018 document from the International Theological Commission, “Synodality in the Life and Mission of the Church,” that was published after receiving a favorable review from Pope Francis. I have found the Holy Father’s insights to be particularly rich in this area, and I have collected pages of quotations from him as he has addressed the topic from a variety of angles. That being said, nothing has been as helpful for me in understanding the essence of the listening Church as was our “ad limina” visit with him on Jan. 13.

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Synod process includes celebrating lay leadership

Synod process includes celebrating lay leadership

| October 24, 2019 | 0 Comments

Navigating through the crowds at Allianz Field for the Tommie-Johnnie game, I was amazed by how many faces I recognized among the alumni attending that event. Whether wearing purple or red, many of them are active in our parishes, great supporters of our Catholic elementary and high schools, and generous in their board commitments and in their service of the many Catholic institutions that serve our broader community. It was a powerful reminder for me of the role that our local Catholic colleges and universities have historically played in the life of this local Church, particularly in the formation of our laity.

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Prayerful sharing highlights first pre-synod prayer, listening events

Prayerful sharing highlights first pre-synod prayer, listening events

| October 9, 2019 | 0 Comments

Father Bob White, pastor of St. Victoria in Victoria, got a front row seat to the first Pre-Synod Prayer and Listening Event, which was held at his parish about 25 miles southwest of Minneapolis and drew 310 people from as far away as the Twin Cities.

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Pre-synod prayer, listening events to begin in earnest

Pre-synod prayer, listening events to begin in earnest

| September 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

Elaine Rilley was filled with questions when she arrived at the Archdiocesan Catholic Center in St. Paul Sept. 6.

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Trusting the Holy Spirit to bless listening, learning

Trusting the Holy Spirit to bless listening, learning

| Archbishop Bernard Hebda | September 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

Huddled in St. Joseph Hall at the Archdiocesan Catholic Center for a practice round of a Pre-Synod Prayer and Listening Event, I found myself entering deeply into the guided prayer and especially our moderator’s first set of questions: What is going well in the archdiocese? Where do we see blessings in our experience of the local Church?

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Mutual listening, Holy Spirit’s presence key to synod

Mutual listening, Holy Spirit’s presence key to synod

| August 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

When people gather to pray and share with Archbishop Bernard Hebda, Auxiliary Bishop Andrew Cozzens and other archdiocesan leaders at events that begin next month and run through March, they will be part of an unprecedented, two-year effort in the 169-year history of the archdiocese.

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Synod suggestion is music to committee members’ ears

Synod suggestion is music to committee members’ ears

| August 7, 2019 | 0 Comments

When the archdiocesan synod executive committee met in recent months to find ways to generate enthusiasm in the pews for prayer and listening events that begin in September, one member suggested singing a new tune.

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