Let's continue to listen to each other

Our Director of Liturgy & Worship, Jazmin Jimenez, had the opportunity to travel to the Vatican in Rome as an observer of the global Synod on Synodality in October 2023. She returned and presented a Synod Update for parishioners which discussed how feedback from our 2021 listening sessions was carried forward in the Synod process; described the methodology that was used at the Synod, particularly the concept of “Conversations in the Spirit”; and invited us to continued engagement with Synodality. 

We look forward to more Synod Listening Sessions in 2024!  

Parish Pulse Survey

Following the Listening sessions, an American Martyrs Parish Pulse Survey was developed to address many of the topics discussed within the Listening Sessions. While not all members had the time to attend the 2-hour sessions, we wanted to provide the opportunity for all voices to be heard. From May 21 – June 6, 2022, a total of 555 people participated in this anonymous Parish Pulse Survey. Based on the open-ended comments, we know some respondents participated in both the Listening Sessions and the Parish Pulse Survey. 

View Pulse Survey Results


This report was submitted to the Synod San Pedro Region Coordinators. Information in this report is only a fraction of the 44 hours of discussion that took place here at American Martyrs. Since we were asked to follow a template format, many of the open-ended comments were not included in what was submitted. The following is presented to you as was submitted April 25, 2022.

View Synopsis Report

Summary of Listening Sessions

This report includes a full summary of all the areas discussed within the American Martyrs Listening Sessions. All quotes included were based on the Note Takers synopsis of the statement. While all information was not submitted to the Archdiocese for review, the American Martyrs leadership have been provided this information and are discussing areas of improvement, to ensure the health of our parish. 

View Listening Sessions Summary



Pope Francis has called for a synod in the church, with the theme “For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation and Mission.”   The  opening of the Synod took place in October 2021 and will conclude in the Vatican in October of 2023 with the assembly of bishops from around the world.

For further reading, check out this article in  The Pilot


Synod aims to draw as many voices as possible
Preparatory Document
Vademecum for the Synod on Synodality
Synod 2021 2023 Website from the Vatican
USCCB Synod Resource Page
The Synod in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles
General Secretariat for the Synod of Bishops Website
International Theological Commission (ITC)