Synod Meeting | Mar 5

On Saturday, March 5th, 8:30 – 11:30 AM we invite you to come to St. Joan of Arc Parish Hall to let your voice be heard! Pope Francis is asking the whole Church to “LISTEN” to each other, and we are asking you to help us, St. Joan of Arc Parish in Aberdeen, to do our part to help DREAM the future of the global Church!

The church wants to listen to what YOU have to say, and especially to include people of all ages, sexes, minorities, backgrounds, experiences - whether you are a regularly attending parishioner, or feel that you are “on the edge” or not a part of your Catholic community. How could the Church, locally and globally, be better for you.

Please plan to join us for our ‘Synod Meeting’ on March 5th for a session of non-judgmental dialogue and intentional LISTENING and sharing. Help us make sure the voice and experience of our local community is heard!

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What is the Synod?

In the Fall of 2021 Pope Francis launched a worldwide conversation, an effort to LISTEN to all the voices of the Church, called a ‘Synod’. ‘Synod’ is an ancient word that means ‘the Way,’ or the ‘followers of Jesus.’ In fact, Christians were once called ‘Followers of the Way.’ Wherever there are Catholics in the world, Dioceses, Parishes, Catholic Institutions, Schools, Hospitals, people from every walk of life are coming together to share, LISTEN, dialog and DREAM about the future of the Church.

In the Archdiocese of Baltimore, the Synod began with a special opening Mass with Archbishop Lori last October 17th. We are now in a period when parishes and other church organizations are consulting and LISTENING and sharing their experience and faith. Once completed, all the feedback will be compiled and sent to the Archdiocese of Baltimore, and from there to the Vatican in Rome.

Finally, in 2023, all the Bishops and Cardinals will gather in Rome with Pope Francis to LISTEN to, digest and process all the feedback from across the globe and DREAM a path for the future of the worldwide Church.

A Synod is “a time to DREAM and spend time with the future.”