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Opening of the Diocesan Phase of Worldwide Synod

At the request of the Holy Father and in union with bishops around the world, Bishop Edgar M. da Cunha, S.D.V., will open the diocesan phase of the worldwide 16th Synod of Bishops in the context of this Mass in St. Mary’s Cathedral. The bishop will celebrate a special votive Mass of the Holy Spirit whose guidance and inspiration will be sought for a fruitful synodal experience and outcome.

All are welcome to attend the Mass. It will also be livestreamed on the Fall River Diocesan Facebook page.

In Rome on Sunday, October 10, Pope Francis formally opened for the entire Church, this 16th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops with its theme of “For a synodal church: communion, participation and mission.” The diocesan phase will begin the synodal process and will include consultations with local clergy and laity. In the Fall River Diocese, these are anticipated to take place from December 2021 through February 2022. Learn more here.