âSo the idea is that we want to hear from anyone,â said Chavarria. âWe want to hear from marginalized people, people living in poverty, migrants, maybe groups that are often not associated with the Catholic Church,â including prisoners and other communities, he said. he declares.
A question, at the center of the sessions, will be asked throughout the world: âA synodal Church, proclaiming the Gospel, ‘walks together’. How is this âtogether journeyâ going today in your local church? What steps does the Spirit invite us to take in order to grow in our âjourney togetherâ?
Sessions take place throughout the Grand Island Diocese, which includes 70 parishes. Thirty-six of the churches are main parishes and the remaining 34 are mission parishes.
If people can’t attend a session, they can attend a gathering from another parish, said Chavarria, who is the diocese’s liaison with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Each parish will provide a report of its own consultation by March 19.
Chavarria and other members of a team will synthesize these reports into one document. The idea “is that we discern what we think the Holy Spirit is saying through people,” he said.