This weekend we embark on a journey with the entire Church. Pope Francis has called us to join in a journey of "Communion, Participation and Mission," where we seek to understand where God is calling the Church today. Entitled “For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, and Mission,” Pope Francis solemnly opened the preparations for the journey to the synod on synodality last weekend, October 9-10, 2021 in Rome. Now we, St. Julia Church (the particular church), and all churches in our Diocese, and in fact throughout the world, unite together in prayer, praying for the Holy Spirit to guide us.
All of this will lead to the synod itself to be held in Rome in 2023. One fundamental stage will be the celebration of the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, in October 2023, which will be followed by the implementation phase that will again involve the particular churches.
Click here to read Bishop Bergie’s Pastoral Letter on the Synod on Synodality
Click here to read the Preparatory Document
Together, may we unite all of our prayers together, calling upon the Holy Spirit, for the success of the Synod as we once again seek to understand where God is calling the Church today, and how we can embrace and integrate the themes of “communion, participation, and mission” into our evangelization efforts here at St. Julia.
May God bless each of you and those that you love, and I thank God for each of you, my spiritual family, and this community of St. Julia.
From Our Pastor