Synod Opening Mass

Pope Francis has announced that a Synod of Bishops will take place in October 2023, called “For a synodal Church: Communion, Participation and Mission.”

The official opening of this multiphase Synod took place in Rome on October 9 and 10, 2021. The first phase (October 2021 to April 2022) will now begin in Dioceses and Episcopal Conferences around the world.

In solidarity with the Holy Father’s desire that we walk together in communion to pursue a common mission by participating in this Synod, the Archdiocese of Vancouver will celebrate an Opening Mass at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 24 at Holy Rosary Cathedral.

For our local Church, this Synodal Process is a new opportunity to walk together, listen to one another in charity, and to hear what is on the hearts of our brothers and sisters. It is a chance to gather in community, to reach out to those who may have fallen by the wayside, and to ask the Holy Spirit to guide not only the universal Church, but also our Archdiocese.

Sunday, October 24 at 2:30 p.m. Learn more and register at

Pre-Pandemic Mass at Holy Rosary Church in downtown Vancouver, BC.