Synod: We Need to Hear From You!

Click here to access Input Form “LS” online  (this form will close on June 21, 2014)

Form LS in Spanish

Process for Listening Sessions
In addition to the Synod Input Form G (internal link), you are invited to participate in the Listening  Sessions with Bishop Caggiano.  There will be one session per each Vicariate in the diocese, as well as sessions for Youth and the Hispanic Community.  Here is the schedule of these sessions:

Monday – May 5 at 7:30 PM / Vicariate I  – Trinity High School, Stamford
Friday – May 16 at 7:30 PM  / Vicariate II  – St. Aloysius, New Canaan (School Gym)
Saturday – May 17 at 1:30 PM / Youth Listening Session Notre Dame High School, Fairfield – NOTE: Attending adults MUST have completed background check and Virtus training and prove that at the entrance
Monday – June 2 at 7:30 PM / Vicariate III  – St. Thomas, Fairfield
Sunday – June 8 at 5:00 PM /  Hispanic Community The Catholic Center (Queen of Saints Hall)
Tuesday – June 17 at 7:30 PM / Vicariate IV  – St. Catherine, Trumbull (Family Center)
Saturday – June 21 at 1:00 PM / Vicariate V  – Immaculate High School, Danbury

These sessions are open to the public and will run for about two hours each.   Since we expect a good attendance, we have devised a method of participation that will allow most attendees to contribute to the discussion.  Namely, the questions will pertain only to the Diocese of Bridgeport and will be in the form of “fill the blank” to allow as many as possible to present their summaries publically in a few words.  Everyone who speaks will be required to submit their full comments online via Input Form LS (http://dob2014synod.wpengine.com/FormLS).  Here are the questions for the Listening Sessions:

  1. The strengths of the diocesan ministries are…
  2. I would like to see the new diocesan outreach in…
  3. The diocese should improve the ministry by…

Certainly, some may wish to supplement their input to the discussion.  Hence, they are welcome to use the open-ended form.

Next Steps…

After collecting all the input from the Faithful of the Diocese, the Synod Office will group the topics, suggestions and observations thematically.  These will be presented to the bishop who will choose from them the themes for the Synod’s General Sessions.  He will also announce them at the Solemn Vespers in the Cathedral on June 29, 2014 at 7:00 PM.  Afterwards, Synod Study Commissions specially appointed by the bishop will analyze collected data and present the findings to the Synod Delegates in preparation for the General Sessions.  In addition, a special report describing the input process results will be published on the this website.

The Diocesan Synod is an important event in the life of the local Church.  Its success depends in large on the participation of many in the process.  Hope, you will contribute to the process and find it refreshing and satisfying.

Click here to access Input Form “LS” online