In May 2021, Pope Francis surprised the Church by announcing that a synodal process that includes “listening to all of the baptized” before he gathers with the bishops again in 2023.
STM is coordinating its listening sessions at which Catholics will be encouraged to share their opinions on what is expected of today’s Church. Sessions will be guided by universal questions for dioceses worldwide examining the perceptions of today’s Catholics. All Catholics/parishioners...practicing, inactive, thrilled, or disappointed are most welcome to come share. Please join us in this important time as we seek to listen to the Holy Spirit speaking through you and your experiences to help guide us forward in bold faith!
1) Schedules of the Parish Family Listening Session (in O'Connor Hall)
Saturday, Feb. 12, 2022 immediately after 5pm Mass
Sunday, Feb. 13, 2022 immediately after 8am, 10am, or 12pm Masses
Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022 immediately following our 7pm Eucharistic Adoration
2) CCD Family Listening Sessions
Sunday, Feb. 6, 2022 as part of Our Regularly Scheduled Family Catechesis
Sunday, Feb. 27, 2022 as part of Our Regularly Scheduled Family Catechesis
3) Pastoral Council and Active Ministries Listening
Sessions like K of C, Legion of Mary, Bible Class, Public Discipleship Ministry, etc.
(at their scheduled meetings)
** If you are unable to attend one of our listening sessions, you can participate using our eForm - or - by printing/filling out this paper Synodal Questionnaire. Paper Synodal Questionnaires are due back to our Rectory (att: STM Synod Team) by the first week of March. **
On the evening of Thursday, January 6, STM was pleased to welcome Sr. Donna Ciagio, O.P., Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Newark and Melissa Elise of the Archdiocesean Center. Together, they presented a special presentation for Pastoral Council and Parish Community on the Synod on Synodality: for a Listening Church. We thank them for their time and informative presentation and we look forward to beginning the synodal process here in our parish.
Our STM Bible Study Group will resume on February 1, 2022 and continue each Tuesday evening thereafter from 7-8 PM. Our meetings will be held in O'Connor Hall. Please bring your Bible, a pad & pencil.
Our topic/theme will be the Acts of the Apostles.
We hope you will join us. New members are always welcome!
On May 21, 2021, Pope Francis surprised the Church by announcing that the Synod of Bishops, postponed due to the pandemic, will be preceded by a synodal process that includes “listening to all of the baptized” in every local diocese before the bishops gather again in 2023.