Synthesizing the Synod

Synthesizing the Synod

Thank you to the many hundreds of people who engaged in the work of the Synod by sharing their faith, hopes, and dreams for the Church. We are now the synthesis phase, preparing to share the fruits of our listening sessions, online responses, and Question of the Week cards with the Archdiocese of Boston and with the Secretariat for the Synod of Bishops. In October of 2023, all the bishops will meet in a formal synod process to engage with the documents from around the world.

We must understand, though, that this is not a synod with a simple beginning, middle, and end….

Last Weekend for Synod Responses!

Last Weekend for Synod Responses!

If you haven’t had a chance yet, please take a moment to answer Pope Francis’ invitation to share your faith, hopes, and dreams for the Church as part of the 2021 – 2023 Synod on Synodality.  You can share your thoughts here on our online portal through Sunday, June 5. In early summer, we will share the fruits of our listening sessions with the Archdiocese of Boston as well as the Secretariat for the Synod of Bishops.

We must understand, though, that this is not a synod with a simple beginning, middle, and end.

Instead, as Fr. Jim explained to us when we began this process, we are called to continue to gather the fruits of what the Holy Spirit is saying to us, and to put synodality into practice from now on – both here in our parishes and in the wider Church!

Our “Question of the Week” for May 22 – Sixth Sunday of Easter

Our “Question of the Week” for May 22 – Sixth Sunday of Easter

We invite you to actively participate in our Synodal Listening Initiative by answering this week’s “Question of the Week”: 

What should leadership in the Catholic Church look like?

Click here to submit your answers online.

(If you missed any previous “Questions of the Week” you can answer those as well!)

All are invited and encouraged to participate, and we urge you to share this invitation with people you know who may be disconnected from the Church – the Pope wants to hear from everyone!

IMPORTANT! May 17 In-Person Listening Session CANCELLED – Share Your Answers Online!

IMPORTANT! May 17 In-Person Listening Session CANCELLED – Share Your Answers Online!

We are so grateful for every voice who participated in our in-person and virtual synodal listening sessions! Given the rising Covid numbers in our communities, we have made the decision to cancel our final in-person Listening Session scheduled for Tuesday, May 17.

If you have not yet had a chance to share your thoughts in an in-person or virtual session, we strongly urge you to use our online portal to submit your answers to the questions posed at our Listening Sessions – just click the image or link below…

Our “Question of the Week” for May 15 – Fifth Sunday of Easter

Our “Question of the Week” for May 15 – Fifth Sunday of Easter

We invite you to actively participate in our Synodal Listening Initiative by answering this week’s “Question of the Week”: 

How can the Catholic Church more effectively celebrate diversity?

The question can be answered on the cards provided in the churches and dropped in the boxes in the lobbies, or you can click here to submit your answers online.

(If you missed any previous “Questions of the Week” you can answer those as well!)

All are invited and encouraged to participate, and we urge you to share this invitation with people you know who may be disconnected from the Church – the Pope wants to hear from everyone!

Our “Question of the Week” for May 8 Fourth Sunday of Easter

Our “Question of the Week” for May 8 Fourth Sunday of Easter

We invite you to actively participate in our Synodal Listening Initiative by answering this week’s “Question of the Week”: 

How could the Catholic Church be more relevant?

The question can be answered on the cards provided in the churches and dropped in the boxes in the lobbies, or you can click here to submit your answers online.

(If you missed any previous “Questions of the Week” you can answer those as well!)

All are invited and encouraged to participate, and we urge you to share this invitation with people you know who may be disconnected from the Church – the Pope wants to hear from everyone!

An Important Invitation from Fr. Jim

An Important Invitation from Fr. Jim

“The Pope is listening, and wants to hear from you… and I am also listening, and want to hear from you…”

Please come to a Listening Session!

The sessions are 90 minutes long, and provide an opportunity for every voice to be heard regarding the ways the Church can more effectively listen to all of God’s people and reach out to the marginalized among us. The Pope has created an important space for all of our voices to be genuinely heard – please don’t miss this once in a lifetime opportunity.

As Fr. Jim says, these sessions will not only serve the Synod on Synodality, but will also inform our collaborative pastoral planning…

Thursday, May 5th Listening Session at St. Paul POSTPONED!

Thursday, May 5th Listening Session at St. Paul POSTPONED!

We are so disappointed, but out of an abundance of caution we are cancelling tonight’s Intentional Listening Session at St. Paul.

We have had multiple reports of Covid positives among Collaborative staff and parishioners in the past 24 hours, so we believe it is prudent to postpone the session. 

Please Stay Tuned!  We will let you know as soon as we have a new date and time for the evening session at St. Paul!

Our “Question of the Week” for May 1 Third Sunday of Easter

Our “Question of the Week” for May 1 Third Sunday of Easter

We invite you to actively participate in our Synodal Listening Initiative by answering this week’s ‘Question of the Week’: 

If I could change the Catholic Church in one way it would be…

And this is why…

The question can be answered on the cards provided in the churches and dropped in the boxes in the lobbies, or you can click here to submit your answers online. (If you missed any previous “Questions of the Week” you can answer those as well!)

Intentional Listening Sessions Start This Sunday, May 1!

Intentional Listening Sessions Start This Sunday, May 1!

Please join us at one of our Intentional Listening Sessions!  Invite family, friends, neighbors – people of all ages and faith backgrounds. Pope Francis wants to hear from all of us – the whole Church!  He is inviting all of us to share our joys, our sorrows, and our dreams for the Church.

Registration is not required for the in-person listening sessions – all our welcome! 

Sunday, May 1 at 1:00pm at St. John (Powers Hall)

Thursday, May 5 at 7:00pm at St. Paul (Parish Hall)…