The Catholic Diocese of Cleveland will begin its synodal process with a Mass celebrated by Bishop Edward Malesic at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 17 in the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist. All are invited to attend. The Mass will be livestreamed on the diocesan website.
The Vatican announced the Synod on Synodality to listen, as the entire people of God, to what the Holy Spirit is saying to the worldwide Church. The theme for the synod is “Towards a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation and Mission.”
In the weeks and months following the opening liturgy, all baptized persons and others will be invited to participate in the process of listening, dreaming and discerning God’s call for the Church.
A synodal Church, in announcing the Gospel, “journeys together.” The fundamental questions to be answered are: How is this “journeying together” happening today in your local church? What steps does the Spirit invite us to take in order to grow in our “journeying together?”
In responding to these questions, we are invited to recall our experiences: What experiences do these questions call to mind? What joys did they bring? What difficulties and obstacles have they encountered? What wounds did they reveal? What insights have they elicited?
We are also invited to share what we’ve learned: Where in these experiences does the voice of the Holy Spirit resound? What is the spirit asking of us? What are the points to be confirmed, the prospects for changes, the steps to be taken? What paths are opening up for our local Church?
The Synod on Synodality is a call to conversion for the Church, to become more Christ-like in communion, participation and mission of all her members. Pope Francis is reminding us that we’re journeying together to the Promised Land, and he wants to be certain that everyone is invited.
We look forward to experiencing the fruits of the Holy Spirit as we journey together to learn what is on the minds and in the hearts of the people of the Diocese of Cleveland.
“We are a pilgrim people, a community of believers on the way to the Father together. How we get there with one another as a Church is the focus of this synodal process,” said Bishop Malesic. “My prayer is that with the Holy Spirit to guide us, what flows from this synod will preserve the fire of faith in Jesus Christ as our savior through the ages.”
Click here to learn more about the Synod on Synodality for the Diocese of Cleveland.
Those planning to attend the Mass in person are reminded that because of construction, the only entrance to the cathedral is the door on Superior Avenue. A handicap ramp is available there, also.