October 20th, 2019
29th Sunday in Ordinary Time
World Mission Sunday
“But when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”
As you may have heard in The Catholic Spirit newspaper, Archbishop Hebda has convoked an Archdiocesan Synod to assist him in shepherding this local church. In the June 6th Catholic Spirit article on the Synod, Archbishop Hebda wrote that he hopes the Synod process will help us to “draw on the gifts that have been bestowed in such abundance on the faithful of this archdiocese to discern and establish clear pastoral priorities in a way that will both promote greater unity and lead us to a more vigorous proclamation of Jesus’ good news.”
The Synod is a two-year process and will involve every parish in the Archdiocese. The first year (2019/2020) will have 20 Prayer & Listening events throughout the Archdiocese where the faithful will be invited to attend one event to share what is on their heart and in their prayer regarding pastoral priorities for this Archdiocese. The second year (2020/2021) will involve a consultation process at the Parish, Deanery and Archdiocesan levels on topics that arise from the first year.
I want to invite everyone from our parish to attend one of the Prayer & Listening events. While there are a total of 20 of these events scattered around the Archdiocese, there will be three of them especially nearby:
- Tuesday, October 29th, 6-9pm – Divine Mercy in Faribault
- Thursday, November 7th, 6-9pm – St. Wenceslaus in New Prague
- Friday, November 15th, 6-9pm – All Saints in Lakeville
Archbishop Hebda is planning to personally attend each of these Prayer & Listening sessions. At each of these sessions, participants will gather together to pray, discuss, and give feedback on what is working well now in their parish and this Archdiocese, and what are the challenges and opportunities as we move forward together.
I hope you’ll take advantage of this opportunity to hear from the Archbishop, listen to feedback from other Catholics around the Archdiocese, and offer your own feedback on the strengths and weaknesses in our parishes and in our Archdiocese.
In addition to attending a Prayer & Listening session, here are some additional ways the Archbishop is asking all Catholics of the Archdiocese to participate in the synod:
- Please pray for the Synod and our Archdiocese!
- In Year 2 of the Synod (Fall 2020), everyone will be invited to join a parish small group.
You are in my daily prayers.
God bless you,