Dear Parishioners,

As part of our continued efforts to advance the synodal consultation throughout the diocese, the second part of the listening phase was launched September 7, 2022, via the synod survey. Please take a moment to watch the video message from Cardinal McElroy. The goal was to reach as many participants as possible; including individuals from our parish who have distanced themselves from their Catholic faith. See the survey results below.

You may find additional important information on the diocesan synod page. Should you have any additional questions, please contact the diocesan team at

Sincerely in Christ,

María Olivia “Marioly” Galván
Chancellor & Diocesan Synod Coordinator

Robert “Bobby” Ehnow
Director, Life, Peace and Justice & Diocesan Synod Coordinator

Contact:  Deacon Doug Pingel • 559-731-9791 •

“Our Church Needs to Hear From All of Us”

Pope Francis has called a historic consultation, formally called a synod, at this pivotal moment as the Church is working to reinvigorate its mission amid unprecedented challenges. The Pope is calling upon all the world’s Catholics to participate fully in the mission and renewal of the Church. We are all called to be consultants, with the opportunity for our voices to be heard!

In response to our Pope’s request, on March 16 Saint Gregory the Great organized small-group sessions that were at the heart of this multi-year consultation.

Small groups of about eight members shared their experiences of joys and disappointments in the Church and most importantly their hope for the future of the Church. The areas of sharing covered the global Church to our local experiences with insights used to strengthen the Church at all levels.

All parishioners were invited and encouraged to participate in the small-group sessions on March 16 in the Parish Hall.