We are currently in the midst of a process called a synod. Archbishop Hartmayer has encouraged us to actively participate in this process. As previously noted, he stated in a pastoral letter, “Pope Francis opened a two-year process called the Synod on Synodality (For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, and Mission) that will uniquely engage not only Catholics but God’s people all over the world. I want to personally encourage you, your family, and all those who are dear to you to join with me and our brothers and sisters in the north and central Georgia on this extraordinary journey of faith.” He also stated, “A synod is a ‘journeying together’- a shared journey of prayer, listening, and discernment.
When we engage in this process, we go back to the very roots of what it means to be Christians as a pilgrim Church together on the way, following Jesus who is the way. What’s more, this synod aims to reframe our journey forward.” He advised us to “Look for opportunities to participate in a listening session or contribute to a survey and to join us in prayer, study, and reflection as we journey together. As we continue our Eucharistic Renewal, I invite each of you to spend time with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, praying that this Synod with bear abundant fruit.”
In connection with the Synod, we conducted many listening sessions. Some of these sessions were open to the entire parish. Others sessions were directed toward specific ministries and programs. The sessions, approximately one and a half to two hours in length, included an opportunity to participate in small group discussions and make appropriate comments. The sessions also provided us with an opportunity to discuss how we can more effectively embrace and share our precious Catholic faith.
The format of our sessions focused on our Parish Vision Statement and our Parish Mission Statement. In addition, all parishioners, especially those who could not attend one of the conferences, were invited to participate in an online Archdiocesan survey on the Synod.
We have scheduled two “recap” sessions for Wednesday, July 20th at 6:30 pm and Saturday, July 23rd at 10:00 am
to discuss recommendations that focus specifically on enhancing the spiritual vitality of our faith community at Saint Brigid.
All are invited to attend either or both of the sessions. Our approach to this Synod continues to be coordinated by Deacon Henry Hein. He is assisted by Rosemarie Scully and other staff members and volunteers. Please contact the parish at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or require additional information.
Please prayerfully consider participating to the extent possible in this special time of grace.