In late fall 2013, the Holy See released a series of questions to assist in preparing the Preparatory Document for the upcoming Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, which will meet at the Vatican, 5-19 October 2014. The theme of this Third Extraordinary General Assembly is “The pastoral challenges for the family in the context of evangelization.”
St. Joseph’s published this questionnaire in the November 24th edition of our Weekend Bulletin as well as here on our parish website (see below).
The General Secretariat of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) forwarded the Preparatory Document Questionnaire to the Bishops of Canada, who were asked to consult with the clergy and laity in their dioceses with regards to the preparatory questionnaire. In the Archdiocese of Ottawa, an online survey of the preparatory questionnaire was created and each parish was asked to complete the anonymous survey online.
Given the pastoral ministry nature of the questions, St. Joseph’s enlisted feedback from the following areas of Parish Life: Family Ministry, LGBT Ministry, Marriage Ministry, Baptismal Preparation, Staff, Pastor, and the Chair of the Parish Council.
Each Diocese then submitted its own report to the CCCB, which prepared a draft synthesis that was sent to the Holy See in preparation of the October 2014 Synod in Rome.