October 18, 2021

Pope Francis celebrated Mass on October 10 for the official opening of the World Synod of Bishops and invited dioceses to do the same with a Mass on October 17. This past Sunday at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, I celebrated a Mass for a Council or Synod to mark the opening of the Synod of Bishops, which will be held in October 2023. The preparatory documents indicate that the theme for the Synod is “For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation and Mission.” If that sounds familiar, you might recall that “Communion and Mission” was the theme of our bicentennial year. As puzzling as the terms “synodality” and “synodal Church” might sound, they are a restatement of what our…

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