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Bishop Lucia’s synod listening session March 28 in East Utica

The postponed listening seassion with Bishop Douglas Lucia at St. Anthony-St. Agnes Parish has been rescheduled for 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 28.

He also is conducting other listening sessions throughout the diocese. They begin at 6:30 p.m. Here are those in our area. (Be advised that COVID concerns might postpone some sessions).

  • Tuesday, Jan. 25: St. Paul’s Church, Rome.
  • Thursday, Feb. 3: St. John the Evangelist Church, New Hartford
  • Wednesday, Feb. 9: Holy Trinity Church, Utica, in the gym.

Anyone — Catholic or non-Catholic — is invited to attend to offer ideas and observations on the future of the Catholic Church.

The word “synod” means “a gathering.” The Holy Father has indicated that a synod is a process, not a single event.

“(The word synod) is a process of journeying together to seek the will of the Holy Spirit for the Church,” Pope Francis has said.

What is a synod?

On Oct. 10, Pope Francis formally opened a two-year process called “a synod on synodality,” officially known as “Synod 2021-2023: For a Synodal Church.” The process involves an expansion of an established institution, called the “Synod of Bishops.”

This means that bishops around the world will consult with everyone from parishioners to religious and Catholic universities before coming together for a discussion in 2023.

Here are the first two “Synod Minutes” from the Syracuse diocese to help you understand about what’s taking place.