Registration for Small Groups

Online registration is closed. Email Chris to inquire about group opennings. Thursday Nights at HNOJ from 7-9 p.m. have an unlimited number of potential group members, feel free to attend beginning September 23.

Synod Small Groups at HNOJ

This Fall HNOJ will hold Synod Focus Area Small Groups for adults.

In each of these six Sessions, participants will:

  • Learn 
  • Pray
  • Discuss
  • Respond 

The groups will watch a video presentation, preparded by the Archdiocese, with teaching on the 3 Focus Areas of the Archiodcesan Synod. Participants will then spend time in prayer with scripture and follow that by engaging in meaningful discussion about the contents of the teaching and prayer. Finally each participant will complete a simple, anonymous feedback form that will be collected and returned to the Archdiosese. 

In other words, the Synod Small Groups are HNOJ's Fall Adult Faith Formation Program.

Why should you sign up?

People have expressed many reasons for why they are signing up for a Synod Small Group at HNOJ this fall. Here are a few:

  • If you want to learn more about the Focus Areas (found below), then you should sign up for a Synod Small Group at HNOJ.
  • If you care about the direction of the Catholic Church in Minnesota, then you should sign up.
  • If you want to meet other parishioners at HNOJ, then you should sign up.
  • If you want your voice heard by Archbiship Hebda, then you should sign up.
  • If you enjoy discussing your faith with others, then you should sign up.

Here is what is exciting about this...

Every single parish in the Archdiocese is offering these same six Sessions. Every single Catholic in the whole Twin Cities is invited to participate in this same study. Together as a people of God, we will Learn, Pray, Discuss, and Respond through the Synod Small Groups. Our Responses will go on to help form the direction and focus of our Archdiocese. 

Much More Information Found on the Archdiocesan Website

If you have questions about the Synod and where we are in the process, you will find your answers on the Archdiocesan Synod webpage. Vidoes, interviews, Q&A, and much much more can be found by clicking here. 

Or keep reading for a couple tidbits of information about our first Archdiocesan Synod in over 80 years! 

What is an Archdiocesan Synod?

Quotes below are from Archbishop Hebda's June 6, 2019 column in The Catholic Spirit. Find the full column at

“A Synod is a formal representative assembly designed to help a bishop in his shepherding of the local Church.”

The purpose is “to discern and establish clear pastoral priorities in a way that will both promote greater unity and lead us to a more vigorous proclamation of Jesus’ good news.”

What is a Listening Church?

The pre-Synod process has been designed to engage in a "sincere and respectful ‘mutual listening’ in which everyone has something to learn.”

“Moreover, it is not just listening to one another but to the Holy Spirit, the ‘Spirit of Truth’ (Jn 14:17), to know what the Spirit is ‘saying to the Churches’ (Rev. 2:7).”

What is the Synod process?

The pre-Synod process began fall 2019 engaging the People of God — laity, clergy, consecrated men and women, and bishops — all walking together at the personal, deanery, parish, and Archdiocesan levels.

The process culminates in the Archdiocesan Synod Assembly which will be held Pentecost weekend, June 3-5, 2022, followed by a Pastoral Letter, leading to a Pastoral Plan.

Synod Process Overview

We are currently in Year two of our Archdiocesan Synod and looking forward to beginning our third year in the Fall of 2021. Below you will find images that help to explain the Synod process. For a PDF click here. 

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What are the Synod Focus Areas?

Below you will find images of thes Aug. 2020 special edition of the Catholic Spirit that outline the Focus Areas and give greater insight into the process of the synod moving forward. You can find a PDF of the same document here. 

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