The Synod opened in Rome on October 9, followed by the opening in each diocese on October 17. This process is calling together all the people of God – clergy, religious and laity – to listen, dialogue, discern and pray. The goal of the Synod is not to create a new pastoral plan, but rather to be present with each other, learn from each other, and grow closer to the Lord and His Church.

To encourage your participation in the synodal process, the synod fathers have proposed questions which they categorize into 10 themes. We present these themes and questions below. The appointed synodal ambassadors in our Diocese are interested in reading your responses. Please take time to pray as you review each topic and question, then selecting topics of interest to you, submit your responses through the linked forms.

Your submissions will go directly to the synodal ambassadors for review. Thank you for your time and participation.

In the Church and in society we are side by side on the same road. In our local Church, who are those who “walk together”? Who are those who seem further apart? How are we called to grow as companions? What groups or individuals are left on the margins?

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?

All are invited to speak with courage and parrhesia, that is, in freedom, truth, and charity. What enables or hinders speaking up courageously, candidly, and responsibly in our local Church and in society? When and how do we manage to say what is important to us? How does the relationship with the local media work (not only Catholic media)? Who speaks on behalf of the Christian community, and how are they chosen?

“Walking together” is only possible if it is based on communal listening to the Word and the celebration of the Eucharist. How do prayer and liturgical celebrations actually inspire and guide our common life and mission in our community? How do they inspire the most important decisions? How do we promote the active participation of all the faithful in the liturgy? What space is given to participating in the ministries of lector and acolyte?

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?

Dialogue requires perseverance and patience, but it also enables mutual understanding. To what extent do diverse peoples in our community come together for dialogue? What are the places and means of dialogue within our local Church? How do we promote collaboration with neighbouring dioceses, religious communities in the area, lay associations and movements, etc.?

The dialogue between Christians of different confessions, united by one baptism, has a special place in the synodal journey. What relationships does our Church community have with members of other Christian traditions and denominations? What do we share and how do we journey together? What fruits have we drawn from walking together? What are the difficulties? How can we take the next step in walking forward with each other?

A synodal church is a participatory and co-responsible Church. How does our Church community identify the goals to be pursued, the way to reach them, and the steps to be taken? How is authority or governance exercised within our local Church? How are teamwork and co-responsibility put into practice?

In a synodal style we make decisions through discernment of what the Holy Spirit is saying through our whole community. What methods and processes do we use in decision-making? How can they be improved? How do we promote participation in decision-making within hierarchical structures? Do our decision-making methods help us to listen to the whole People of God?

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?

El Sínodo se inauguró en Roma el 9 de octubre, seguido de la apertura en cada diócesis el 17 de octubre. Este proceso está convocando a todo el pueblo de Dios – clero, religiosos y laicos – a escuchar, dialogar, discernir y orar. El objetivo del Sínodo no es crear un nuevo plan pastoral, sino estar presentes unos con otros, aprender unos de otros y acercarnos más al Señor y a su Iglesia.

Para alentar su participación en el proceso sinodal, los padres sinodales han propuesto preguntas que categorizan en 10 temas. Presentamos estos temas y preguntas a continuación. Los embajadores sinodales designados en nuestra Diócesis están interesados en leer sus respuestas. Por favor, reserve algo de tiempo para orar mientras revisa cada tema y pregunta, luego seleccione los temas de su interés y envíe sus respuestas a través de los formularios vinculados.

Sus respuestas se enviarán directamente a los embajadores sinodales para su revisión. Gracias por su tiempo y participación.

¿Cómo estamos llamados a crecer como compañeros? ¿Qué grupos o individuos podrían quedar al margen?

¿Cómo nos habla Dios a través de voces que a veces ignoramos? ¿Cuáles son algunas de las limitaciones de nuestra capacidad de escucha, especialmente hacia los marginados y aquellos que tienen puntos de vista diferentes a los nuestros?

¿Qué es lo que permite o impide hablar con valentía, franqueza, y responsabilidad en nuestra Iglesia local y en la sociedad?

¿De qué manera la oración y las celebraciones litúrgicas inspiran y guían realmente nuestra vida común y misión en nuestra comunidad? ¿Cómo se promueve la participación activa de todos los fieles en la liturgia?

¿Qué impide a los bautizados poder ser activos en la misión? ¿Qué áreas de la misión necesitan más atención?

¿Cómo caminamos juntos con miembros de otras tradiciones y confesiones cristianas? ¿Qué frutos ha generado el caminar juntos?

¿Cómo puede identificar nuestra comunidad eclesial los objetivos a perseguir, el modo de alcanzarlos y los pasos a dar? ¿Cómo se ponen en práctica el trabajo en equipo y la corresponsabilidad?

¿Cómo utiliza nuestra comunidad eclesial la consulta o el discernimiento en los procesos decisorios? ¿Cómo podemos crecer en el discernimiento espiritual comunitario?

¿Cómo forma nuestra comunidad eclesial a las personas para que sepan cada vez más “caminar juntos”, escucharse unos a otros, participar en la misión y dialogar?