Synod on the Family
XIV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops Lineamenta

To assure ample consultation for the Synod of Bishops on the Family (October 4-25, 2015), the Vatican has sent the world’s Catholic bishops’ conferences the 1) final report of the preparatory meeting in 2014 and 2) 46 questions. Its theme is “The Vocation and Mission of the Family in the Church and in the Contemporary World.” Bishop Blaire has asked the pastors of the 35 parishes in the Diocese of Stockton to consult their Parish Pastoral Councils about various questions in February, 2015. From this consultation he will write the diocesan response to the agenda of the 2015 synod.

The preparatory document (“lineamenta”) in English and Spanish is posted below. Other languages are available on the Vatican website. (XIV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops Lineamenta) “The vocation and the mission of the family in the Church and in the contemporary world” [ French, German, Italian, Portuguese ]
Lineamenta for the 2015 Synod Sínodo de los Obispos 2015
Extraordinary Synod on the Family, 2014
On October 8, 2013, Pope Francis announced that in October 2014 there would be an Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on topics related to the family and evangelization. Pope Francis provided this prayer for the Synod of Bishops on the Family. 
Click to download the Family Synod Prayer

Oración a la Sagrada Familia

Learn more about the 2014-2015 Synods of Bishops on the Family.
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  Prayer for the Synod
Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
in you we contemplate
the splendor of true love,
to you we turn with trust.
Holy Family of Nazareth,
grant that our families too
may be places of communion and prayer,
authentic schools of the Gospel
and small domestic Churches.
Holy Family of Nazareth,
may families never again
experience violence, rejection and division:
may all who have been hurt or scandalized
find ready comfort and healing.
Holy Family of Nazareth,
may the approaching Synod of Bishops
make us once more mindful
of the sacredness and inviolability of the family,
and its beauty in God's plan.
Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
graciously hear our prayer.  AMEN


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