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A Call for Unity Among Catholics of the High Country in Preparation for the Synod

In May 2021, Pope Francis announced the convocation of the Synod, which will run from October 2021 to October 2023. Through this process, he seeks input from the laity about their hopes and dreams for the future of the Church. In the spirit of unity, a group of Catholics of the High Country invites all Catholics to join in sharing and relaying all ideas to take part in this important movement.

The synodal review process will take place in three phases: a local phase at the diocesan and parish level, a continental phase engaging bishops’ conferences around the world, and a universal phase. In this last phase, bishops and laypeople will convene in Rome to discuss the findings and topics from the first two phases.

Archbishop Gregory J. Hartmeyer, OFM, of the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta (which includes the Charlotte Diocese) will celebrate Mass to open the Synod process on Sunday, October 17, at 10:30 a.m.  The Archdiocese of Atlanta will livestream the event on its website and its Facebook page.

In North Carolina, Bishop Peter Jugis of the Charlotte Diocese has announced that he will celebrate Mass in tandem with the start of the Synod. Bishop Jugis’s Mass will begin at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick Cathedral in Charlotte. It will be livestreamed to the Charlotte Diocese’s YouTube channel and the Facebook page for High Country Catholics. It is unclear whether the Charlotte Diocese, St. Elizabeth of the Hill Country Catholic Church in Boone, or its mission church, Church of the Epiphany in Blowing Rock, will be offering the prescribed mini-Synods, or listening sessions.

We are planning in-person and Zoom listening sessions to begin in early November. Volunteers for facilitation/leading and note-taking are needed for each session. For more information or to volunteer to help, please call or text Paul Welsh at (828) 719-7453, or email him at jpaul_60@hotmail.com.