October 8, 2021

Oct. 17 Mass will launch archdiocese’s participation in worldwide synod process

By Sean Gallagher

Catholics across central and southern Indiana are invited to take part in a 10 a.m. Mass on Oct. 17 at SS. Peter and Paul Cathedral, 1347 N. Meridian St., in Indianapolis, that will launch the archdiocese’s participation in the preparation for a meeting of the Synod of Bishops at the Vatican in 2023. Archbishop Charles C. Thompson will be the principal celebrant.

The Mass will also be streamed live online on the website of the cathedral at www.ssppc.org/streaming.

The theme of the Synod of Bishops meeting in two years will be “For a synodal Church: communion, participation and mission.”

Pope Francis has asked that Catholics in dioceses around the world prayerfully contribute to what will eventually be discussed at the synod meeting at the Vatican.

Ken Ogorek, archdiocesan director of catechesis, will oversee the process of gathering the thoughts and comments from Catholics across central and southern Indiana that will then be sent on to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

He said that starting the process with a Mass was an important way of “expressing solidarity with all who will participate in these synod-related conversations at levels ranging from parishes to an international gathering of bishops representing various parts of the world.”

“While the bulk of our local opportunities for participation will be communicated far and wide starting shortly after this Mass,” Ogorek said, “the faithful are welcome and encouraged to join Archbishop Thompson at the mother Church of our archdiocese and help kick off a synod process that will unfold throughout upcoming months.” †

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