Archbishop celebrates Synod Mass on eve of Santa Marian Kamalen

Archbishop Michael J. Byrnes (PNC file photo)

Archbishop Michael Byrnes will celebrate a special Mass 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7 at the Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral-Basilica in Hagatña to commence the Archdiocese of Agaña’s phase of a Synod on COMMUNION, PARTICIPATION, and MISSION.

The Eucharistic celebration will also serve as the Vigil Mass for the Feast of Santa Marian Kamalen and the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception which island Catholics will celebrate the following day on Dec. 8.

The Mass will be livestreamed at as well as on the Agana parish Facebook page and YouTube Channel. Catholic Educational Radio KOLG 90.9 FM will air the Mass.

The Dec. 7 Mass commences an archdiocesan process of discernment and reflection in conjunction with the overall Synod of Bishops with Pope Francis to be held in Rome in 2023. The pope announced this global activity of the Church last October 10 as he celebrated Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.

The archdiocese will hold a series of listening sessions island-wide from January to March, open to all people, especially those who feel excluded. Input will be synthesized and reports sent to the Oceania region of bishops in August.

“In this synod we will journey together with a purpose of being more inclusive as we look to our future Church, paying special attention to those on the margins whose concerns and perspective are so often overlooked,” Archbishop Byrnes said in a letter last Nov. 18. “The three touchstones of this process are communion, participation, and mission.”