St. Mary Parish Synod

View Synod Survey Summary

The Diocese of San Diego has embarked on a historic consultation with the entire Catholic community about what direction the Churhc should take in the coming years. This survey will help to understand what are on the hearts and minds of our people. I would be immensely grateful if you can complete this 12-minute survey.

Cardinal McElroy





Earlier this year, our parish held small-group sessions to listen to our faithful’s experiences in the Church, in a process called a synod. The diocese has released a summary of the themes that emerged from those 1,100 sessions.

The summary, available in English and Spanish, was published in the July issue of The Southern Cross and is available below.

SYNTHESIS The Synodal Process

SÍNTESIS del Proceso Sinodal

Pope Francis is inviting all of the world’s Catholics to participate in a consultation about how the Church journeys with them, invites their authentic communication, listens to their concerns, and promotes their participation in the full life of the Church.

This consultation will bring together the people in the pews, clergy, religious and those living on the margins, in a gathering the Church calls a “synod.” This synod is focused on how the Church engages all of these groups in the life of the Church all levels. The synod’s theme is “For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation and Mission,” and it is to conclude in 2023.

The Catholic Church is facing unprecedented challenges the world over. Many have stopped practicing their faith. Countries, communities and families are divided. The pandemic is having a devastating impact. In this crucial moment, the Church is forging a pathway to profound renewal.

The Church is holding a consultation, or synod, inviting participants to encounter one another, listen to each other’s experiences, and discover together what God is calling the Church to do in these times.

The insights that come from this consultation will be used to renew our parishes, schools and the diocese itself by strengthening a church culture that listens to its faithful, makes them co-responsible for the life of the church and reflects their wisdom.

More information about this consultation is available online at www.sdcatholic.org/synod.