Synod 2021-2024: Walking Together as Church
On behalf of parishes in the Diocese of Calgary, the office of the Bishop has submitted the report below (dated June 17, 2022) to the Western Conference of Catholic Bishops as our diocese's contribution to the synodal journey of the universal Church requested by Pope Francis. Our Diocesan Report was synthesized with those from the other regions in Canada in a National Report (read HERE) and sent (August 15, 2022) to the Holy See for synthesis into Continental Reports. Next, there will be a first general Synod of Bishops scheduled in Rome during October 2023 followed by a second general Synod of Bishops in October 2024.
From Bishop McGrattan, "THANK YOU for your participation . . . during the synodal process. The fruits of our communal discernment remain with us . . . we consider the many emerging themes and realities relating to the Church’s pastoral life presented in the document as the Spirit’s call to further discernment and ultimately conversion in each of our parishes and communities."
Thanks to St. Mary's Synod Committee and Fr. Dennis, our parish hosted two listening sessions (March 27 in-person and March 29 on Zoom). About sixty participants met and collaborated through reflection and prayer to answer Pope Francis' call to Catholics world-wide about their personal experiences journeying together as Church. Participants then discerned what steps the Holy Spirit is inviting all of us to take—as Church—to grow in "synodality". The Synodal Theme Song, "Listen, Let Us Listen" (presented in the video on the left) was part of our listening sessions.