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Synodal Process


Our parishes of St. Michael and St. Nicholas, along with all the parishes of the entire Catholic church are being invited to participate in a special process. This Synodal process will culminate with a Synod, a meeting all the bishops of the Catholic Church will attend in Rome in 2023. Each bishop has been asked to reach out in a coordinated way beginning at the parish levels.

You can watch a 2 minute video explanation by visiting our Eparchy of Passaic website (eparchyofpassaic.com) and Click on the link under “News and Events”


So what exactly is a Synod?

In the Catholic Church, a synod is traditionally a gathering of bishops for the purpose of establishing guidance in the areas of catechism, morality, or Church governance. A synod could be considered a church council.

A synod is usually a result of a process called Synodality which means “journeying together” listening, praying, adapting to new situations, and moving forward as one together.

In October, Pope Francis reached out to all the bishops saying that he wanted everyone to have input on this new Synod. Our pope is calling on each and everyone of us to open our minds and hearts to the Holy Spirit by a process of prayer, reflection and listening. In the pope’s words: “to listen to God so that with him we may hear the cry of his people; to listen to his people until we are in the harmony with the will to which God calls us.”

You might ask why now? This process is especially important during these times of change in the Church and society. However, we must reflect on the signs of the times in light of the Gospel.

What is the goal of the Synod? It is hoped that as a result of the Synod that the Church will be able to listen to one another and learn from each another and to grow closer to the Lord and his Church. It is not just an event or a new program. It is meant to lead us on a path towards being the Church we are called to be.

Be a part of the call to respond!

Please pray to the Holy Spirit for the success of the Synod as we “journey together” as Pope Francis has requested of all of us.


Parish Synod Listening Sessions:

St. Nicholas Church
Meets immediately following the Divine Liturgy ( In Church Basement Hall )
  • Sunday, March 6th – for those with last names ending in A-L

  • Sunday, March 13th – for those with last names ending in M-Z

St. Michael Church
Meets immediately following the Divine Liturgy ( In Church Basement Hall )
  • Saturday, March 19th 

  • Sunday, March 20th 

​Note: The questions for the Listening Sessions are available in the vestibule of the church.  Please take a copy, complete it and bring it with you to the Listening Session.  If you cannot make one of the sessions, please make every effort to complete the questionnaire and place it in the basket directed to Dr. Joan Grossman.

Questions for Listening Sessions


(Please review prayerfully at home about our Byzantine Ruthenian Church and bring your thoughts to our parish meeting as we prepare for the Diocesan Synod)

  1. What are the difficulties, obstacles, and wounds of the local Church?


  1. What is the Holy Spirit asking of us?


  1. In our local Church, who are those who “walk together”? Who are those who seem further apart?


  1. How is God speaking to us through voices we sometimes ignore? How are the laity listened to, especially women and young people?  What facilitates or inhibits our listening?


  1. 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?


  1. How do prayer and liturgical celebrations actually inspire and guide our common life and mission in our community?


  1. What hinders the baptized from being active in mission? What areas of mission are we neglecting?


  1. 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?


  1. How are divergences of vision, or conflicts and difficulties addressed? What particular issues in the Church and society do we need to pay more attention to?


  1. What relationships does our Church community have with members of other Christian traditions and denominations?


  1. 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?


  1. 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?