Pope Francis has called for a synod on the synodal nature of the Church. The word synod means journeying together. God journeys with us as we journey with one another. Journeying together calls us to listen to one another and to the Lord. Pope Francis states that the synod process “was conceived as an exercise in mutual listening… conducted at all levels of the Church.” This listening is not about garnering opinions or taking a survey. It is a matter of listening to the Holy Spirit as we listen to the experiences of one another, our hopes and dreams as well as that inner restlessness, which “impels us to consider what it is best to do, what needs to be preserved or changed.” The timing of this synod process on the parish level is great. It is time for our parish to review its five-year goals and priorities. As your new pastor, I want to know more deeply the hopes and dream as well as the needs and concerns of this particular community. We are now beginning our parish synodal listening sessions. Please sign up for one of these sessions that are currently scheduled through February. Your participation will helps us look at our parish and “to consider what it is best to do, what needs to be preserved or changed.” Information gleaned from these sessions will then be sent to the Archbishop for his diocesan report, which will be sent to the National Conference of Catholic Bishops and be included in a national report sent to the Vatican for a gathering of bishops from around the world in 2023. Be a part of this historic endeavor. Sign up for a parish listening session.