Synod Appreciation

Novena to the Holy Spirit

Friday, May 27 – Saturday, June 4

You are invited to pray with Catholics across the Archdiocese and your parish representatives the Novena to the Holy Spirit. The final day of the novena will be the first day of the Archdiocesan Synod Assembly, during which our parish representatives will enter into discussion and prayer to provide feedback to Archbishop Hebda during this final step of the Synod process.

Access the Novena Here


Come, Holy Spirit: Pentecost Vigil Mass

Saturday, June 4, 7 p.m., Cathedral of Saint Paul

Through your prayer and participation, you’ve played an integral role in our Archdiocesan Synod process. Now, you can be part of this historic gathering of our local Church, joining Archbishop Hebda, Bishop Williams and more than 500 Synod Members from across the Archdiocese who are meeting June 3-5 for the Synod Assembly.


Come to worship alongside your parish’s Synod representatives, clergy, religious and lay faithful, calling upon the Holy Spirit to guide those participating in the Synod Assembly – the final step in our three-year Synod journey. All are welcome to join in praise and worship after the Mass.

The Mass will also be livestreamed on the Cathedral’s Facebook page.

Archbishop Hebda asks for your prayers for the final phase in the Synod process. Your pastor and two parish representatives will meet, along with other assembly members, for the Synod Assembly on Pentecost weekend, June 3-5.

How can you stay involved during these final stages of the Synod process?

  • Pray. Prayer has always been integral to our Archdiocesan Synod process. Please continue to keep the Synod in your prayers and pray in particular for Synod representatives from your parish. Find prayer opportunities at
  • Reflect. The same three focus areas we discussed during the Parish Consultation will be examined in-depth throughout the remainder of the Synod process. Watch the Parish Consultation videos – again, or for the first time – and reflect on these important topics at
  • Follow. Follow The Catholic Spirit to stay up-to-date on the latest news about the Archdiocesan Synod. Visit

Synod – What Happens Next?


Parish Synod Leadership Consultation


St. John’s Representatives are:

Beth Robertson, Don Grant, Succhi and Louie Fondevilla, Jane Heinks, Molly Feiker, Pat Rother, Rob Jensen, Joe Jansen and Stephanie Waite

Our team will meet on Saturday, March 5, to discuss the focus areas and draft propositions.

Prayer for Synod

We stand before You, Holy Spirit,
as we gather together in Your name.
With You alone to guide us,
make Yourself at home in our hearts;
Teach us the way we must go
and how we are to pursue it.
We are weak and sinful;
do not let us promote disorder.
Do not let ignorance lead us down the wrong path
nor partiality influence our actions.
Let us find in You our unity
so that we may journey together to eternal life
and not stray from the way of truth and what is right.
All this we ask of You,
who are at work in every place and time,
in the communion of the Father and the Son,
forever and ever. Amen.

Mary, Mother of the Church, Pray for us.

Synod – Self-Study Available:

The videos and handouts are now available below and listed individually to the right for all to access.  Limited hard copies of the handouts for each session are available at the welcome desk. While the time for feedback submission is ended, the content is of great importance to access and understand.  All are encouraged to check this out.

Training Resources for Small Group Process Managers and Core Teams


Contact Jill Fink, Coordinator of Adult Discipleship at or 651.633.1540 ext. 1280.  See more at Archdiocesan Synod – Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis (