SYNOD 10-2: QUESTIONS FROM COMMUNION, PARTICIPATION AND MISSION

Questions from Communion

  1. What are the ways our parish most successfully brings people together?
  2. Which areas of parish life (liturgical, charitable, social) does our parish feel and act as one?
  3. In which areas of parish life (liturgical, charitable, social) are you able to discern the presence and movement of the Holy Spirit?
  4. How is the Holy Eucharist the main focal point for our parish?
  5. Is the parish the sole focus for Communion in our area?
  6. Christ is present as the head united to his body (Ephesians 1:22-23) in our parishes and communities. How is this reflected in our parish/community life? Are there other reasons that you gather together?
  7. In what ways can you help to build up communion effectively and authentically in the coming months and years?
  8. How do you relate to members of the Church who have drifted away from practice?
  9. How does our parish relate to other parishes nearby and the diocese as a whole?

 

Questions from Participation

  1. Reflecting on 18+ months of the pandemic, how has participation in our parish been affected? Were these issues there before?
  2. How can participation be strengthened moving forward into the future?
  3. What are the means by which different voices can be heard in our parish (particularly those on the periphery of parish life)?
  4. Which groups and individuals are least included in our parish?
  5. How can we broaden the way we include people whilst keeping always true to the Gospel and our core Christian identity?
  6. How do you currently participate, personally, in the life of the Church? How much responsibility do you have as an individual?
  7. How can we better enable full participation and co-responsibility the life of the Church at the parish and diocesan levels?
  8. How does our parish effectively identify and use the gifts of its people?
  9. How do families and young people effectively participate in the life of our parish? What do you do to support them?

 

Questions from Mission

  1. Given what you see of the Church (words and actions), in the parish and beyond, what would you say is the Church’s mission?
  2. How might we find a shared understanding of mission in the different parishes and Catholic institutions in the Archdiocese
  3. Are we looking in or are we looking out, as a parish community? Can we do both effectively?
  4. From a missionary perspective, how would you characterise both the local situation and local needs in our parish and community?
  5. How is our parish set up for evangelisation? How does our parish reach out to the broader community with the Good News?
  6. Where is the Holy Spirit calling you to mission and service today?
  7. In what ways do you already intentionally and actively seek to share the Good News of Jesus Christ?

 

Other thoughts:

  1. What is your experience of the Church?
  2. How has it blessed you? How could it have been better?
  3. How can the Church respond better to the needs of the people?
  4. What might the Holy Spirit be asking of us, our parish and the Church?