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The Synod – a call to pray, listen, and participate.

01-23-2022Fr. John J. Barbella

Last week I told you that I would use this week’s column to explain the Synod which has been convoked by our Holy Father, Pope Francis. A synod is not something new. There have been many synods throughout Church history, some diocesan or regional, others involving the universal Church. The earliest synods were gatherings of Bishops, priests, and lay people to prayerfully discuss how the Church might best live the Gospel at that place and time in history.

Our own Diocese of Metuchen held a synod back in 2008– 2009, just before I came to this parish. Parishes around the diocese were asked to schedule times for prayer. People were asked to attend Listening Sessions in parishes. The results of those listening sessions were forwarded first to deanery then diocesan level sessions where representatives of the priests, deacons, religious sisters and brothers, and lay people of the diocese prayerfully discussed them.


Upcoming Events

Synod 2023 - Eucharistic 40 Hours

Add Sun, Jan 23 - Tue, Jan 25

The entire Catholic Church is called to participate in the upcoming Synod of Bishops! The upcoming Synod is entitled: “For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, and Mission.”


Feast of St. Blaise – Blessing of Throats

Add Thu, Feb 3

Throats will be blessed at all the Masses, 6:45am and 8:00am and 12:10pm, and at a brief Prayer Service at 7:00pm.

Marriage Encounter

Add Fri, Feb 4 - Sun, Feb 6

The next Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend will be held Fri, Feb 4- Sun, Feb 6. Please apply ASAP as space is limited. Phone call Tom & Ruth DeFalco at 732-904-9636 for application and information. Visit us at: for more information.


2021 Bishop's Annual Appeal

“It is because of your love for Christ and the Church that I ask you to join me in being Transformed by Christ’s Body and Blood, to make a sacrificial contribution to the Bishop’s Annual Appeal in proportion to your income, and continue our Mission to Light a Fire in the Heart of the Church.”

Most Reverend James F. Checchio, JCD, MBA
Bishop of Metuchen


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