Welcome to this opportunity for sharing your thoughts and feelings on a variety of Church-related topics in preparation for the 16th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops to be held in October 2023. This questionnaire is one of several ways that those who live in the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas will offer their input for this synod, the theme of which is: For a Synodal Church – Communion, Participation, and Mission. Please keep in mind that this process is intended to be one of prayer.

Before your discussion using some or all of the following questions, please invoke the Holy Spirit by praying the following:

SURVEY FOR THE WORLDWIDE SYNOD OF BISHOPS

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Instructions

You don’t have to address all the questions! Feel free to pick and choose what questions or parts of questions you answer; focus on those most pertinent to your respective parish or ministry. There are 10 sections with questions. Brief answers are most helpful in compiling the thoughts and feelings of hundreds of people throughout the Archdiocese; thank you for expressing your thoughts as clearly and concisely as possible.

This Synod of Bishops poses the following fundamental questions for discussion in the Church:

The Catholic Church, in announcing the Good News of Jesus Christ, “journeys together.” How is this “journeying together” happening today in your local Church? What steps does the Holy Spirit invite us to take in order to grow in our “journeying together”? (PD, 26).

To help people explore this fundamental question more fully, the following themes may prove helpful. The questions listed under each theme could be used as a starting point for conversation, which ultimately is intended to lead to conversion to Christ and commitment to participation in the mission given by him to his Church.

NOTE: Your parish or ministry group should not aim to cover ALL questions but should focus on those most pertinent to your respective parish or ministry.

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