FALL RIVER — The Diocese of Fall River will host a special morning of prayer, reflection, and discussion to conclude the Diocesan Phase of the 2021-2023 Synod.

 Parish Synod Ambassadors and any participants in Synod consultations are invited to join Bishop Edgar M. da Cunha, S.D.V. for the event on Saturday, April 23, from 9 a.m. to noon, at Bishop Stang High School in Dartmouth.

The morning will begin  with Mass and continue with an opportunity to share, listen, and discuss the Synodal journey experience in the Diocese of Fall River.

Father Riley J. Williams, who is part of the team coordinating the event, explained that in recent months “parishes around our diocese have experienced the kinds of encounters desired for the synod process, in which the current life of our churches is discussed and future growth envisioned. On April 23 we will have a chance to share these experiences with one another as a way to better understand how our ‘journeying together’ is taking place across our diocese.

 “A constant theme of this process is that these conversations relating to the synod — both on the level of the parish and the diocese — are a beginning, and that our common sharing in the mission of the Church will benefit from continued conversations on how each member of the Church can be listened to and share in that work.”

Persons interested in attending are asked to RSVP through this link: http://bit.ly/Synod23.

Please visit the Synod 2021-2023 webpage (http://bit.ly/Synod23 ) to learn more about this worldwide process of consultation in which the entire Catholic Church has been called to participate by Pope Francis.

Parish Synod News

The opening of the current Synod of Bishops coincided with Bishop da Cunha’s Pastoral Letter — “Journeying Together.” In the letter, the bishop expressed the hope that the synodal process would be incorporated as an important tool in the post-pandemic revitalization of parishes. Following two successful synodal events attended by 76 people, St. Ann’s parish in Raynham is already preparing to launch “The Journey Together,” gatherings this fall.