On October 5 the extraordinary Synod of the Bishops will meet in Rome to discuss the challenges facing families in the 21st century. Want to know more about the work of the Synod of Bishops, which is a permanent institution of the Church and what the Synod will be discussing next month? Click Synod of Bishops on the Family for more. The Missouri Catholic Conference Annual Assembly, scheduled for Saturday, October 4, will also take up these concerns. The theme for the Assembly is Marriage and Family at the Crossroads.