A synodal Church, in announcing the Gospel, “journeys together.”
How is this “journeying together” happening today in your local Church? How does the Spirit invite us to take in order to grow in our “journeying together”?
Companions on the Journey
In the Church and in society we are side by side on the same road.
Do you feel you are part of the Church? Why or why not?
Who do you think is left behind or ignored by the Church?
Who are the people who walk with you in your faith? (family, friends, teachers, church leaders, etc.)
How can we do a better job walking together with everyone inside and outside the Church?
Listening is the first step, but it requires an open mind and heart, without prejudice and by including everyone.
In what ways does God speak through your generation?
Do you feel like Church leaders and ministers listen to young people? Why or why not?
Who does the Church listen to (those inside and outside the Church)?
How does the Church connects with people who are different and those who are excluded, overlooked, and marginalized?
The journey is only possible when we listen together to the word of God and celebrate the Eucharist.
When have you been asked to share your gifts during the Mass or in prayer services?
How does the Mass speak to you? When and how do you feel connected or disconnected?
What gifts do you have to share that can help your parish/school community pray better?
Dialogue requires perseverance and patience, but it also enables mutual understanding and an outgoing attitude.
How does the church create safe spaces to have meaningful conversations about life and faith?
Do you feel the Church provides helpful, real-life answers to your questions? Share.
Do you feel like you can take questions about what is important to you to the Church? Share.
Are there topics or situations that are difficult to talk about in the Church? Share.
What particular issues in the Church and society do we need to pay more attention to?
Why is it important for Christians to talk about politics, economics, culture, civil society, poverty, etc?
5. Discerning and deciding
Being synodal means discerning and deciding together, listening to the Holy Spirit and to one another.
Do the church’s ways of consulting and deciding help us to listen to everyone?
How can Church leaders and other adults welcome the voices of young people?
How can young people collaborate with church leaders in building up the church?
What would you like to communicate to church leaders so they can integrate your voices and make better decisions?
What are important issues you think young people should be consulted about?