Third Post-Synod to Discuss Synod Impact

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The 3rd Post-Synod session will take place on Saturday, November 19, 8:15 am at St. Catherine of Siena Parish Center in Trumbull.

Many of the men and women who served as delegates during last year’s Synod process will reconvene for an update on Synod initiatives now underway in the diocese. Bishop Caggiano will welcome all those in attendance and provide an outline for the day beginning at 8:30, after a morning prayer service. The gathering will conclude at noon.

“The agenda is designed to bring the Delegates up to speed on the implementation of the various initiatives of the Synod and to receive feedback from them about the impact they are seeing in their parish, school, and faith communities,” said Patrick Turner, Director of Strategic and Pastoral Planning “We will continue to check our work through the prism of the Mission Statement and Ten Principles articulated by the Synod,” he added.

The business items for the day begins with an 8:40 am report by Patrick Donovan on the Leadership Institute and the Catechetical Taskforce followed by a question and answer session. At 9:30, Evan Psencik will speak about developments in youth and young adult ministry, and Michelle Smith, new leader of the Catholic Service Corps, will offer an update on youth service projects. At 10:25 am, Patrick Turner, Director of Strategic and Pastoral Planning, will share the commission’s recommendations after months of study  of diocesan Communications, Procurement, Information Technology and Database Management and Human Resources programs. Beginning at 10:45, Patrick Turner will provide an overview of pastoral plans by parishes and the Disciple Maker Index results, followed by a table discussion of the impact on parishes.

The final segment of the session, beginning at 11:40, will be a focus on “accompaniment” Patrick Turner will offer a brief overview of the newly appointed Pastors Retreat, the Diocesan Addictions Support and Healing (DASH), the recent Prayer Service for Victims of Clergy Sexual Abuse; and the Prayer Service for Racial Peace and Healing. Fr. Joseph Marcello, Pastor of St. Catherine of Siena in Trumbull, will celebrate Mass at 7:15 am on Saturday for those Synod delegates who wish to attend, prior to the post-Synod session.

For a full recap, visit the Synod website at