Synod Opening Mass and General Sessions

OPENING MASS Fri., Nov. 3, 7:00 p.m.
(Reception to follow)
St. John XXIII Church, 3390 Portage Ave., Winnipeg

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General Sessions

Session 1: Sat., November 4, 2017
9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
St. John XXIII Church, 3390 Portage Ave., Winnipeg

Session 2: Sat., December 2, 2017
9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
St. John XXIII Church, 3390 Portage Ave., Winnipeg

Session 3: Sat., January 20, 2018
9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
St. John XXIII Church, 3390 Portage Ave., Winnipeg

Session 4: Sat., February 24, 2018
9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
St. John XXIII Church, 3390 Portage Ave., Winnipeg

Session 5: Sat., March 17, 2018
9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
St. John XXIII Church, 3390 Portage Ave., Winnipeg

Session 6: Sat., April 21, 2018
9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
St. John XXIII Church, 3390 Portage Ave., Winnipeg

Sunday, May 20, 2018 CLOSING LITURGY 7:00 p.m.
(Reception to follow)
St. Mary's Cathedral, 353 St. Mary Ave., Winnipeg

Click here to read a full update on the ongoing Synod of the Archdiocese of Winnipeg in the October, 2017 New Wine Press.

Focus Commission Reports

Focus Commission on New Evangelization and Missionary Outreach. Click here.

Focus Commission on Catechetics and Faith Development. Click here.

Focus Commission on Indigenous People. Click here.

Focus Commission on Youth and Young Adults. Click here.

Focus Commission on Marriage and Family. Click here.

Focus Commission on Sacramental Preparation, Prayer and Devotional Life. Click here.

Focus Commission on Vocations and Leadership. Click here.

Focus Commission on Governance. Click here.

Focus Commission on Social Outreach. Click here.


Decree Announcing the First Synod

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Archbishop Richard Gagnon's Pastoral Letter on the Synod

The Archdiocese of Winnipeg has now entered its second century as a community of faith. What will our future bring? Our memories are seeds of hope! The Lord has indeed been with us and we want to claim our past in a spirit of gratitude for the gift of our faith. The experience of our 10 year Pastoral Vision from 2005-2015 has allowed us to reflect upon the way that we worship, how we teach, how we look after Godís gifts and how we live in community. Much good fruit has come from this!

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The Synod Prayer

What is a Synod? (pronounced sin-uh d)

From Archbishop Gagnon's Pastoral Letter Announcing the Synod:

In the Church's Canon Law (c. 460) we read that the purpose of a diocesan synod is to foster the good of the entire diocesan community by calling together the clergy, religious and laity of the local church to deliberate on the pastoral needs of the diocese. Of all the institutions found in the Church to provide better governance, the diocesan synod is foremost. In a diocesan synod, which lasts several years, the bishop exercises his office of governing the church entrusted to his care. Through a consultative process, he determines the themes, questions and priorities to be discussed . In Canon Law we further learn that all those who participate in the synod, assist the bishop by freely and sincerely expressing their opinions relative to the questions under consideration. At the end of the process, the bishop determines which of the recommendations made by the Synod will be accepted and promulgated in the diocese.

Pope Francis calls a diocesan synod, an opportunity to walk together - a truly "wonderful experience where people walk and journey through history together with Our Lord who walks among us. We do not walk alone."

Click here to read Archbishop Gagnon's Pastoral Letter Announcing the Synod.