Synod

“We are all part of the Body of Christ. Everyone has a role to play. Everyone has a place.” — Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger

Listening Sessions

 

The Diocese of Albany is excited to announce the beginning phase in the worldwide “Synod on Synodality” initiated by Pope Francis.  The diocese will coordinate regional listening sessions for its 126 parishes, at which everyone is encouraged to share their opinions on what they are looking for from today’s Church.  The listening sessions will be hosted at a central location within each of the seven vicariates across the diocese.  Bishop Scharfenberger will be in attendance, lead the opening prayer, and spend time listening to the faithful.  The sessions will be guided by a facilitator utilizing universal questions and provide the opportunity for small group breakout sessions.

Next Session - Twin Rivers Vicariate- Thursday, May 19th at Immaculate Conception- Glenville 

Registration Link: https://webapps.rcda.org/ParishFaithFormation/*

*Registration is not required, but recomended 

Click here for dates of our Vicariate Listening Sessions

Click here for our Synod Listening Sessions Toolkit 

Parish and Pastoral Network Listening sessions will be posted on our Events Calendar.

Synod: a definition 

“Despite the odd-sounding words, the vision is very simple: it’s about experiencing our faith as a journey together, accompanied by Jesus and the Apostles,” writes Bishop Scharfenberger in his Evangelist column. Essentially, the Synod, as Pope Francis has outlined it, will be about mutual listening and dialoging. It will be about reflecting and journeying together. Don’t get scared off by the unusual words. (Synodality isn’t even in the dictionary!) This local synod process is simply going to be an opportunity for you to share your thoughts, your hopes and your needs as a Catholic. We want to hear from you. We want to know what you need from the Church – both local and universal – to help you on your journey of faith. Together we will take the next steps toward greater unity, greater collaboration, greater faith!

Read Bishop Scharfenberger’s full column on the opening of the Synod in the Diocese of Albany

October 24th - Bishop Edward Scharfenerger's Celebration of the Synod Mass

Resources 

RCDA Powerpoint

Synod Listening Sessions Toolkit 

Resources in Spanish 

Video: What a Synod Session Looks Like

Official Synod website 

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) 

Synod Preparation Webinar Series 

Prayer Card 

Synod Prayer Card #1 - Pope Francis - FRONT.jpgSynod Prayer Card #2 - Bishop Selfie - FRONT.jpg

CLICK IMAGES TO DOWNLOAD PRAYER CARD 

Diocesan Synod Committee

Visit this link to contact any of our committee members or email synod@rcda.org