III Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the Family

October 5-19

A Synod is an assembly of bishops from around the world who assist the Holy Father by providing counsel on important questions facing the Church in a manner that preserves the Church's teaching and strengthens her internal discipline.

A General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops is called "Extraordinary" when it is convened to deal with matters "which require a speedy solution" and which demand "immediate attention for the good of the entire Church."

Let us Pray

For the synod fathers and the other participants at the III Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops:  may the Spirit of the Lord enlighten their minds so that the Church might respond, in faithfulness to God's plan, to the challegnes of the family.

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Prayer to the Holy Family for the Synod

Jesus, Mary and Joseph, in you we contemplate the splendor of true love, to you we turn with trust. Holy Family of Nazareth, grant that our families too may be places of communion and prayer, authentic schools of the Gospel and small domestic Churches.

Holy Family of Nazareth, may families never again experience violence, rejection and division: may all who have been hurt or scandalized find ready comfort and healing.

Holy Family of Nazareth, may the approaching Synod of Bishops make us once more mindful of the sacredness and inviolability of the family, and its beauty in God’s plan.

Jesus, Mary and Joseph, graciously hear our prayer. Amen.  


Helpful Resources

Frequently Asked Questions
 Synod Working Document
Prayers for the Synod
 Pope Francis Homily
 Synod Fact Sheet
 Pope's Letter to Families
 Opening Mass
 Archdiocesan Statement on Intermediate Synod Report
Pope Francis' Closing Homily
Final Message from the Synod on the Family