Pope Francis' Synodal Process

Pope Francis invites all the baptized around the world to journey together in a global listening process called, “For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, and Mission.” This global consultation process will provide guidance for the Church to discern “the signs of the times and interpret them in the light of the Gospel” (GS,4).

At the same time, Archbishop Etienne’s local mission-focused Pastoral Planning efforts align well with Pope Francis’s synodal process. Parishes are encouraged to move forward in pastoral planning by first participating in the global synodal efforts from November 2021 through early March 2022.

Click the button below to learn how you can participate locally in the Synodal process.

Knowing Jesus Christ, Embracing His Mission

The Pastoral Plan for the Archdiocese of Seattle.

Mission

Jesus said to his disciples, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”                ~Matthew 28:18-20

Vision

The outcome of a successful pastoral planning process will be a Church that reflects the Risen Christ to others. The goal is to help people have a conversion experience so they can draw closer to the Church and joyfully share Christ with the world today.

An Invitation to Encounter Jesus

In this video, Archbishop Etienne invites all Catholics, parishes, schools, ministries and individuals to more faithfully live out the mission that Jesus is calling them to, and to reflect on the mission, focus areas and values of the new Pastoral Plan.

View video in Spanish here. (Please be sure to click the CC "closed captioning" button on the bottom right of your video player to read the subtitles.)

The Archdiocesan Pastoral Council, in partnership with Catholics, developed the new pastoral planning process, which invites people to prayerfully discern how we are living our faith and carrying out the mission of the Church. This process provides the vision to help people encounter Jesus. 

Exploring the Focus Areas

At the heart of our mission is a relationship with Jesus Christ. The pastoral planning focus areas are intended to help all Catholics re-examining and renew their relationship with Jesus. They are intentionally broad so that particular goals and actions may be developed according the unique circumstances, gifts and callings of each person, family, parish, school and ministry.

Exploring the Values

Our values support our fundamental beliefs, guide our behaviors and provide a helpful framework both for decision making and for evaluating past actions. When we faithfully consider, consistently follow and prayerfully reflect on these values, we are better able to hear where the Lord is calling us to go and become who we are called to be.

Resources

Check out these resources to help you renew your relationship with Jesus and to help parishes put the Pastoral Plan into action.

Prayer for Pastoral Planning

Lord Jesus, we give you thanks for your ministry on earth,
in which you proclaimed the Kingdom of God and conversion of life.
We give you thanks for your passion, death and resurrection
by which you manifested the perfect love of God,
offering all who believe in you the gift of eternal life.
We thank you for your promise to remain with us always
as we faithfully carry out your mission.

As members of your Mystical Body, the Church,
we come to you seeking the gift
and guidance of your Holy Spirit.
Help us to become who you call us to be
and to accomplish all you ask of us
according to the will of the Father.

Grant us the grace of knowing you, loving you and serving you
in all our brothers and sisters.
Grant that our faith in you may permeate every aspect of our lives.
Help us to shed all worldly ways
that we may live the Gospel with truth and integrity.
Grant that we may be more perfectly conformed to you
and live as your witnesses in the world today. Amen.

Mother of the New Evangelization, pray for us!