Listening Session for Diocesan Synod on Marriage

Listening Session for Diocesan Synod on Marriage
  • 09/10/2016
  • 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
  • Parish Hall at St. Catherine Laboure
    4124 Mount Abraham Ave
    San Diego, California 92111

Chris Delgado will be our parish representative at the Diocesan Synod on marriage in October. Each representative at the Synod will be in one of five working groups, focusing on one of the five key Areas of Discernment. Chris will be part of the fourth group, meeting on September 24th.

In preparation for these Diocesan events, we will be having a “listening session” here at the parish to give Chris our views about what the important issues are regarding marriage and family life, and how we might address them as a Diocese. All are invited. The listening session will focus on the same five sets of questions, or Areas of Discernment, from the Bishop’s letter announcing the session (as republished here…)

The Challenge to Witness to Both the Beauty and Realism of the Catholic Vision of Marriage and Family Life

  • How can the local Church of San Diego witness most effectively to both the beauty and the realism of married life and family?
  • Which societal and cultural challenges to marriage are most powerful in our diocese?
  • What steps can parishes take to support the permanence of the commitment of married life?

The Challenge to Form a Culture of Invitation and Hospitality to Unmarried Couples

  • In the light of the work of the Task Force on Young Adults, what direction should be adopted to deepen the involvement of young adults in the life of the Church?
  • How can our local church truly embody the principle of graduality in reaching out to and supporting couples who are in civil marriages or cohabiting?
  • What practices in our parishes and diocese alienate or frustrate couples seeking to marry in the Church?
  • How can our diocesan and parish efforts to provide effective marriage preparation be enhanced?
  • Is there a realistic pathway to building structures of support for couples after they are married?

The Challenge to Welcome, Nurture and Form Children

  • How can the Church in the diocese of San Diego more effectively communicate to our people the balanced sense of parenting expressed in The Joy of Love, while also helping parents to turn that balance into reality?
  • What are the principal cultural distortions which limit healthy parenting in Imperial and San Diego counties?
  • Specifically, how can we as a Church more effectively empower our parents as the first teachers in the ways of faith, hope and love?
  • How can the Church better support families in the absence of extended family?

The Challenge to Provide Authentic Pastoral Support for Those Who Are Divorced

  • What are the elements necessary for a robust program of pastoral and spiritual support for those undergoing divorce, both during the process and afterward?
  • How can the diocese make the annulment process, especially the newly revised process, more accessible for our people?
  • How should we bring an understanding of the internal forum and conscience to our people, not only regarding the topic of participation for those who are divorced and remarried, but for all Catholics in their moral and spiritual lives?

The Challenge to Bring Spiritual Depth to Family Life

  • How can our parishes bring prayer more into the center of family life, with specific attention to the multi-cultural dimensions of this challenge?
  • What steps can our local church take to increase the participation of families at Mass, particularly in their identities as families?
  • What specific steps can the diocese take to build a spirituality of care, consolation, love and realism in our families?
  • How can we promote a substantial spiritual life shared between husbands and wives?
  • What can lead to a spirituality of evangelization and solidarity in family life rather than a spirituality of insularity?


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