COLORADO SPRINGS. Bishop James Golka will hold six listening sessions — one in each of the diocese’s five deaneries and a Spanish-language session — as part of the diocesan phase of the Synod on Synodality convened by Pope Francis.
Following are the date, time and location of each session:
• Northern Deanery: St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Castle Rock, March 8, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
• Metro South Deanery: St. Paul Parish (Julie Penrose Hall), March 15, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
• Metro North Deanery: St. Patrick Parish (Bonzel Hall), March 29, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
• Eastern Deanery: St. Catherine of Siena Parish, Burlington, April 27, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
• Hispanic Community: Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, May 1, 2 – 4 p.m. (This session will be conducted in Spanish.)
• Western Deanery: St. Rose of Lima Parish, Buena Vista, May 17, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
The sessions are open to everyone, and pre-registration is not required. While there is no set agenda for the sessions, some of the questions participants are asked to consider are how their parish has helped them grow closer to God and discern his will, obstacles to fuller participation in parish life, the challenges they face in living out their Catholic faith in society, and how the pandemic might have impacted their spiritual lives.
The Synod was formally launched by Pope Francis on Oct. 10, 2021, with the diocesan phase beginning a week later and scheduled to conclude on Aug. 15. Once the diocesan consultations have concluded, members of national bishops’ conferences will have a period of discernment to reflect and subsequently send a summary of that reflection to the Vatican.
The listening sessions and discernment are meant to assistant participants, mainly bishops, who will meet at the synod’s general assembly in October 2023.
The theme for the 2023 synod is “For a synodal church: communion, participation and mission.”
(Catholic News Service contributed to this story.)