The Prayer of the Synod
Adsumus Sancte Spiritus
We stand before You, Holy Spirit,
as we gather together in Your name.
With You alone to guide us,
make Yourself at home in our hearts;
Teach us the way we must go
and how we are to pursue it.
We are week and sinful;
do not let us promote disorder.
Do not let ignorance
lead us down the wrong path
nor partiality influence our actions.
Let us find in You our unity
so that we may journey together
to eternal life and not stray
from the way of truth and what is right.
All this we ask of You, who are at work in every place and time, in the communion
of the Father and the Son, forever and ever. Amen
On October 10, 2021, Pope Francis inaugurated “For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation and Mission”, a 2- year-long Synod for the universal Church. The Synod is asking the Church to reflect on how we journey together as Church, listen and respond to the working of the Holy Spirit in the Church and in the world, and how decisions are reached at all levels: who is involved, who is excluded and how can our processes be improved.
What is a Synod?
A Synod is a formal process, used by the Church, in which a large number of people are consulted on a specific topic for discussion. Though it usually leads to a formal gathering from which a formal document is produced, Synods can involve countless discussion groups that precede the formal gathering, assuring the greatest amount of participation possible.
How Can I Be Involved in the Latest Synod?
Everyone is invited to add their voice. A series of questions have been provided to parishes to gather input. Our Lady of Peace Pastoral Council invites everyone to participate in the discussion, either on their own or as part of a discussion group.
Three Ways to Participate:
Join Our Lady of Peace Parish Discussion Groups on Sunday, January 23rd from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at St. Theresa’s Church. Registration will be open early January to join a discussion group.
Fill out the insert in the bulletin, individually or as a group, and submit to the parish office by Friday, January 21st. Please feel free to share to anyone you feel would like to have a voice in this process.
The Diocese of Saint John has a link to the questions on their website at https://dioceseofsaintjohn.org/synod-2021-2023. The last 6 questions will be the focus of our parish discussions.