Synodal Church


"We are all part of the Body of Christ. Everyone has a Role to Play.
Everyone has a place" - Bishop Edward B. Sharfenberger


Synod on Synodality Hudson Valley Listening Session
May 24, Holy Trinity, Hudson

The Diocese of Albany is excited to announce the beginning phase in the worldwide “Synod on Synodality” initiated by Pope Francis. The diocese will coordinate regional listening sessions for its 126 parishes, at which everyone is encouraged to share their opinions on what they are looking for from today’s Church. The listening sessions will be hosted at a central location within each of the
seven vicariates across the diocese. Bishop Scharfenberger will be in attendance, lead the opening prayer, and spend time listening to the faithful. The sessions will be guided by a facilitator utilizing universal questions and provide the opportunity for small group breakout sessions.

Our Vicariate, Hudson Valley, will meet on Tuesday, May 24 at Holy Trinity Church in Hudson:

6:00 to 6:30 PM: Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Prayer is an essential component in the synod process and in preparing ourselves for this journey. Spending time in the presence of our Lord
through the Blessed Sacrament will set the tone for the evening.

6:30 to 8:30 PM: Open Session with the Public Parish or Parish Network listening sessions are highly recommended. The diocese will provide the tools and resources needed for these more localized listening sessions. 

Please e-mail [email protected] with any questions. Please also regularly check the Diocesan Synod Webpage at https://www.rcda.org/synod

What is a Synod and why should I care?

In preparation for our diocesan consultations, the Diocese of Albany is offering three webinars over three Tuesdays focused on “What is a Synod and why should I care?” All priests, parish life coordinators, administrators, parish staffs, parishioners, and others are invited to attend these free events. Each webinar will be offered in the morning and then repeated in the evening. All sessions are via Zoom. A Zoom link and password are sent at the time of registration. Each session has a separate registration. Approximate length: 90 minutes.

You may register directly for these free virtual Seminars directly or join us at St James on Tuesday, February 8th at 10 am to watch it together. 

To register: https://webapps.rcda.org/ParishFaithFormation/

Tuesday Virtual Seminars on the Synod:
“What is a Synod and why should I care?”

Tuesday, January 25: 10AM OR 7PM    Part 1: A True Season of the Spirit

Tuesday, February 1: 10AM OR 7PM     Part 2: Walking & Listening Together

Tuesday, February 8: 10AM OR 7PM     Part 3: All the Baptized – Co-responsible for Mission.

For further information, please contact the Office of Lay Ministry & Parish Faith Formation by email at [email protected] or phone (518) 453-6670. More info
at: https://www.rcda.org/synod