Pope Francis Wants Your Opinion!
Over the coming months, Catholics from around the world will be participating in a worldwide Synod or consultation process. This is basically your opportunity to share how you think St. Matthias and the Catholic Church are doing in different areas. Lend your voice to St. Matthias’ response to Pope Francis’ Synod on Synodality! What would you like St. Matthias, and Pope Francis to know? See the information below about what the Synod on Synodality is all about and how you can share your thoughts!
How Do I Participate in the Synod?
You can participate in several different ways either in-person, via Zoom, or submit a paper or online form.
Join us for in-person meetings. All in-person meetings will be in Steiger Hall or the Church basement. See the dates and the following times:
– Tuesday, June 14th – 5:30 – 7:00 pm – Steiger Hall Room 7 – Topics: The Fundamental Question, Companions on the Journey, and Listening
– Tuesday, June 21st – 5:30 – 7:00 pm – Steiger Hall Room 5 – Topics: Speaking Out, Celebration, Sharing Responsibility for Our Common Mission
– Tuesday, June 28th – 5:30 – 7:00 pm – Steiger Hall Room 7 – Topics: Dialogue in Church and Society, Ecumenism, Authority and Participation, and Discern and Deciding
Join us online for Zoom Meetings. See the dates and the following times:
– Wednesday, June 15th – 5:30 – 7:00 pm – Topics: The Fundamental Question, Companions on the Journey, and Listening
– Wednesday, June 22nd – 5:30 – 7:00 pm – Topics: Speaking Out, Celebration, Sharing Responsibility for Our Common Mission
– Wednesday, June 29th – 5:30 – 7:00 pm – Topics: Dialogue in Church and Society, Ecumenism, Authority and Participation, and Discern and Deciding
Submit Your Answers Online or on Paper
Fill out answers to the questions individually or all. See the descriptions of the themes below and click on the button if would like to answer them. If you prefer a paper copy click the button below.
The Fundamental Question
A synodal Church, in announcing the Gospel, “journeys together.”
Companions on the Journey
In the Church and in society we are side by side on the same road.
Listening is the first step, but it requires an open mind and heart, without prejudice.
All are invited to speak with courage and parrhesia, that is, in freedom, truth, and charity.
“Walking together” is only possible if it is based on communal listening to the Word and the celebration of the Eucharist.
Sharing Responsibility for Our Common Mission
Synodality is at the service of the mission of the Church, in which all members are called to participate.
Dialogue in Church and Society
Dialogue requires perseverance and patience, but it also enables mutual understanding.
The dialogue between Christians of different confessions, united by one baptism, has a special place in the synodal journey.
Authority & Participation
A synodal church is a participatory and co-responsible Church.
Discerning & Deciding
In a synodal style we make decisions through discernment of what the Holy Spirit is saying through our whole community.
Forming Ourselves in Synodality
Synodality entails receptivity to change, formation, and on-going learning.