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Synodal Discernment Session
January 13 @ 6:30 to 8:30 pm
The People of God are asked to prayerfully consider the following questions before attending one of the discernment sessions:
LISTENING Listening is the first step, but it requires an open mind and heart, without prejudice. How is God speaking to us through voices we sometimes ignore? How are the laity listened to, especially women and young people? What facilitates or inhibits our listening? How well do we listen to those on the peripheries? How is the contribution of consecrated men and women integrated? What are some limitations in our ability to listen, especially to those who have different views than our own? What space is there for the voice of minorities, especially people who experience poverty, marginalization, or social exclusion?
SHARING RESPONSIBILITY FOR OUR COMMON MISSION Synodality is at the service of the mission of the Church, in which all members are called to participate. Since we are all missionary disciples, how is every baptised person called to participate in the mission of the Church? What hinders the baptised from being active in mission? What areas of mission are we neglecting? How does the community support its members who serve society in various ways (social and political involvement, scientific research, education, promoting social justice, protecting human rights, caring for the environment,
etc.)? How does the Church help these members to live out their service to society in a missionary way? How is discernment about missionary choices made and by whom?
FORMING OURSELVES IN SYNODALITY Synodality entails receptivity to change, formation, and on-going learning. How does our church community form people to be more capable of “walking together,” listening to one another, participating in mission, and engaging in dialogue? What formation is offered to foster discernment and the exercise of authority in a synodal way? The Synod website provides suggestions on how to go about narrowing these down.
Discernment sessions will be held with doors opening at 6:30 pm at the following locations:
November 11, 2021 St. Anastasia, St. Augustine
December 9, 2021 St. Matthew, Jacksonville
January 13, 2022 Sacred Heart, Fleming Island
January 20, 2022 St. Madeleine Sophie, High Springs
February 3, 2022 Queen of Peace, Gainesville
February 24, 2022 Assumption, Jacksonville