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Pope Francis has called a Synod for the entire Church. In Pope Francis’ words, it’s purpose is to “plant dreams, inspire trust, bind up wounds, weave together relationships, awaken a dawn of hope, learn from one another and create a bright resourcefulness that will enlighten minds, warm hearts, and give strength to our hands to spread the Gospel message.” This Synod is a call to pray, to listen and to discern together what the Holy Spirit is saying to the Church today.
To enable everyone to participate in this Synod, Holy Eucharist is hosting Spiritual Conversations. The goal of these conversations is not about collecting your personal data or problem-solving. It is not focused on debating the controversial issues of the day or complaining. It is primarily a spiritual exercise, rooted in prayer. Everyone has something to share. Everyone has something to learn. We want to hear from many different people on many different paths with the Church - even going as far to invite someone to attend with you who you are close to who has left the Church at some point in their life, or attends church infrequently. Of course, you can attend on your own as well. Listening to each other and to the Holy Spirit can change our attitudes, illuminate our understandings, and guide our behavior. It can change us!
What will the conversation look like? Each Spiritual Conversations will include 8-6 individuals (spaces are limited per session), who will gather to share what the Holy Spirit is saying through them. The conversation shouldn't last much longer than an hour of your time unless specified on the sign-up form. There will be a facilitator there to guide the process and a notetaker there to take notes of the stories being shared. Your name will not be attached to the stories, and your name will not be shared in the process. It will only be used to address you when you come to the session.
To sign-up for one of these Spiritual Conversations, please click HERE.
Prayer for the Sixteenth Ordinary Synod of Bishops
As we gather together in Your name.
with You alone to guide us, make Yourself at home
in our hearts; teach us the way we must go and how we are to pursue it.
We are weak and sinful; do not let us promote disorder.
Do not let ignorance lead us down the wrong path nor partiality influence our actions.
Let us find in You our unity so that we may journey together to eternal life
and not stray from the way of truth and what is right.
All this we ask of You, who are at work in every place and time, in the
communion of the Father and the Son, forever and ever. Amen.