Individuals are invited to share their feedback for the 2021-2023 Synod. To learn more about the Synod process, visit www.vermontcatholic.org. The Diocese of Burlington did not create these questions. 

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* 2. What year were you born?

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* 3. What is your vocation or state in life?

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* 4. How often do you attend Mass?

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* 5. Which best describes your relationship to a local parish?

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* 6. Please provide brief comments to the Synod’s Foundational Question 

A Synodal Church, in announcing the Gospel, “journeys together.” How is this “journeying together” happening today in the Church? How is the Holy Spirit inviting you to “journey together” with the Church? Where do you hear the voice of the Holy Spirit calling you closer to the Church?

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* 7. Please provide brief comments to the Synod’s Core Question 1 Listening 

How is God speaking to you through the voices that are in your life? How is God speaking to you through voices we sometimes ignore, including those on the peripheries? What space is there in your life to listen to the voices on the peripheries of the Church, especially cultural groups, women, the disabled, those who experience poverty, marginalization, or social exclusion?

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* 8. Please provide brief comments to the Synod’s Core Question 2: Speaking Out

What enables or hinders you from speaking up courageously, candidly, and responsibly in the Church and society? What space is there our parishes for the voice of people, including active and inactive members of our faith?

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* 9. Please provide brief comments to the Synod’s Core Question 3: Sharing Responsibility For Our Common Mission and Sharing Authority and Participation

How are you able to participate in the mission of the Church to proclaim the Gospel? What hinders you from being active in your parish? How is authority or governance exercised in your local parish and in the Church?

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* 10. Please provide brief comments to the Synod’s Core Question 4: Discerning and Deciding

How does your parish use the methods of listening and speaking (consultation) to make decisions? How does your parish promote participation in decision-making within the hierarchical structures of the Church? Does the decision-making methods of your parish help you to listen to all members of the community, including those who are on the peripheries of parish life?

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* 11. Please provide brief comments to the Synod’s Core Question 5: Celebration

How does prayer and liturgical celebrations, especially Sunday Mass, inspire and guide you? How does your prayer life and celebration of the Mass inspire and inform your personal decisions and decisions? How does the parish invite all Catholics, including cultural communities, youth, families and persons with disabilities and their families, into the active life of the parish, especially Sunday Mass?

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