Sunday, 28 May 2017 12:11

Delegates meet for first synodial session

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Additional sessions scheduled for later this year

Bishop Thomas John Paprocki proclaimed May 20 as a “successful first session of our fourth diocesan synod.”

More than 220 parish delegates to the synod began the day in prayer with Bishop Paprocki. In his homily, Bishop Paprocki made clear who presents the major hurdle facing the synod.

“ … the evil one will try to prevent us from achieving our spiritual goals and growing in God’s grace. He will do this in subtle ways, not with a frontal assault, but through apathy, discouragement and fear.” The entire homily is available on the diocesan website www.dio.org and then click on Bishop Paprocki’s Homilies and Speeches.

Due to the enthusiastic input at the first session, Bishop Paprocki has announced an additional session on Sept. 9 for official delegates and another will be added specifically to meet with the religious of the diocese.

The synodal proposals presented by Bishop Paprocki, and other documents under discussion, can be found at the diocesan website www.dio.org/synod. Delegates and their pastors should be part of discussions within their parishes concerning the proposals and how best to implement them.

At the May 20 session, delegates had an opportunity to ask questions to be answered later. Delegate questions can also be directed to .

“The highlight, for me, was the rousing applause at the end after a woman stood up to say thank you for this thoughtful and substantive involvement of the laity in the synod process,” observed Mike Christie, chair of the diocesan pastoral council.

With the additional meetings now added, the revised synodial timeline is:

Aug. 12 — Gathering of permanent deacons for prayer and discussion;

Sept. 9, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. — Official delegates of the diocesan synod will meet to further discuss the proposals;

Sept. 18-21 — Convocation of priests will gather at Pere Marquette Lodge in Grafton for prayer and discussion;

Sept. 24, 2 p.m. — Synod deanery prayer and listening session with Bishop Paprocki via video conference to receive feedback on proposed synod declarations and decrees;

Nov. 18, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. — Final session for official delegates to the diocesan synod will meet at the atrium of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield; and

Nov. 26, 2 p.m. — Closing Mass will be held on the Solemnity of Christ the King at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield.

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