What is a Synod?
"Throughout the history of the Church, the people of God have held synods, a formal gathering of prayer, dialogue, reflection and discernment whose purpose is to live the mission of Jesus with greater fervor and effectiveness. Some synods are universal, such as the one held in Rome in 2015 to discuss marriage and family, while others are diocesan, held to discuss local concerns. Coming from the ancient Greek, the word "synod" means "walking together." We see in this etymology the vision of the whole Church gathered as one ad moving forward to grasp Christ and His saving Gospel."
In the months leading to the diocesan synod, to be held on Pentecost in 2017, Bishop Hying asks the Church of Gary to join him in reflecting on these eight areas, which are central to our common mission, lifting up our strengths and blessings but also acknowledging the challenges and raising questions and concerns:
- Marriage and Family
- Sacraments, Prayer and Worship
- Young Catholics
- Social Teaching
- Vocations and Leadership Formation
Good and gracious God,
we thank you for all the many gifts
and blessings you have given to us.
Send your Holy Spirit upon us as we gather for this synod
so that all our efforts may reflect your Holy Will.
In a New Pentecost, grant that your Holy Church in the Diocese of Gary
may experience more powerfully the work of your Spirit.
Stir in our hearts the desire to renew our faith,
to be bold witnesses of the Gospel,
and to make disciples of all peoples.
We ask this through your Son, Jesus Christ,
together with Mary, our Immaculate Mother,
St. Joseph, our father and guide,
and all the holy angels.
Oración por el Sínodo de la Diócesis de Gary
Dios bueno y misericordioso,
Te agradecemos por los muchos dones
Y bendiciones que nos has dado.
Envía tu Espíritu Santo sobre nosotros para este sínodo
para que todos nuestros esfuerzos puedan reflejar tu Santa Voluntad.
En un Nuevo Pentecostés, concede que tu Santa Iglesia en la Diócesis de Gary
pueda experimentar más poderosamente la obra de tu Espíritu.
Revuelve en nuestros corazones el deseo de renovar nuestra fe,
Para ser testigos audaces del Evangelio,
Y hacer discípulos de todos los pueblos.
Te pedimos esto a través de tu Hijo, Jesucristo,
Junto con María, nuestra Madre Inmaculada,
San José, nuestro padre y guía,
Y todos los Santos Ángeles.
Synod Discipleship Video
Synod 2017: Understanding the Upcoming Deanery Meetings
Synod 2017: Synod Steps
Synod 2017: Vocations and Leadership Formation
Synod 2017: Stewardship
Synod 2017: Facilitator Training
Synod 2017: Liaison Training
Synod 2017: Young Catholics
Synod 2017: Marriage and Family
Synod 2017: Social Teaching
Synod 2017: Discipleship and Formation
Synod 2017: Sacraments, Prayer and Worship
Synod 2017 Introduction
Video of the Synod Declaration Mass
Bishop Hying Explaining Synod 2017
- Family life not a problem to be solved but a gift to be fully embraced
- Catholic Social Teaching call us to transform world into civilization of love
- Catholic faith is a ‘joyous adventure’ that takes a lifetime to absorb
- Celebration of the sacraments are at the heart of our faith and humanity
- Evangelism call us to proclaim Jesus, the Gospel, from the housetops!
- Synod reminds us of the important work to be done to build our legacy in local Church
- Choking in the deadly grasp of sin, Jesus in breaks, wraps us in his net of grace and mercy
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