Rev. Keith Laskowski

October 16/17, 2021

29th Sunday of Ordinary Time

IN OUR DIOCESE TODAY, an opening Mass of the Synod will be celebrated in the Cathedral of Saint Catharine of Siena at 2:00pm. The Mass will be live-streamed on the Diocesan Facebook and YouTube channels. Pope Francis has called for a Synod of Bishops, a worldwide listening process, with the theme: For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, and Mission. The synod process is a spiritual process of “authentic listening and discernment on the path of becoming the Church that God calls us to be.” Each parish has sent designated
ambassadors to discuss and plan how this synodal process will work throughout the Diocese. The purpose of a synod is to listen and gather information about important issues facing the
Catholic Church. Through the listening sessions, information will be gathered on a local diocesan level. This information will then move to a national level and the final phase is a universal level. Bishop Schlert has said, “The goal is to listen to all Catholics, wherever they find themselves in their faith journey or relationship to the Church, so that, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we may discern the best ways of addressing
the challenges we face as a world and work together on a path of healing and unity throughout our Catholic faith.” The official handbook for the Synod can be found on the Vatican website or if you searched on the internet for: Vademecum: For the Synod on Synodality. As we hear more specifics about listening sessions that will be offered, I encourage your participation in them. I share with you an ancient prayer that has been prayed at Church councils, synods, and other gatherings since the 6th century.

WE STAND BEFORE YOU, Holy Spirit, 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.

Have a good week!

Fr. Keith