YOUR CHURCH AND YOU – AN INVITATION FROM POPE FRANCIS

Pope Francis is seeking your help to create a Church fit for the modern world.

CHALLENGES

What are the challenges that face the Church today and how can we respond to them?

Challenges such as:

  • What is the significance of so few vocations to the priesthood and the religious life?
  • Why is Mass attendance falling particularly among young people?
  • What are the remedies?

Have you asked yourself such questions? The Holy Father has requested us in Monmouth and the Church across the world to engage in a dialogue involving everyone – laity, clergy, the young and those who no longer come to Mass – as equal partners.

YOU CAN PLAY A PART

We are asked to consider:

Communion: How can we, individually and as a parish, become a stronger community?

Participation: How can we bring our individual talents to enrich our parish life and the Church?

Mission: How can we be more effective as Catholics engaging with those around us today?

 

HOW CAN MY VOICE BE HEARD?

OPTIONS

You can:

  • Come to one of our meetings in the Parish Rooms on Thursday February 3rd at 2pm or Tuesday February 8th at 7pm or join a Zoom session at Wednesday February 16th at 7pm

If you intend to come to a meeting (in person or via zoom) please let us know which date, via email or in the SYNOD basket so that we can meet the current COVID regulations.

  • State your views in writing and place them in the basket marked “SYNOD” at the back of the Church. These can be anonymous.
  • Send your views via our dedicated synod email address below.

 

If you have any views, queries or suggestions please contact Sean Dunne on:

monmouthsynod@gmail.com

Thank you to all who have contributed their views so far on our synodal journey.

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TEN QUESTIONS TO CONTEMPLATE, LISTEN, DISCERN AND RESPOND

  • What is my dream for the Church so that it can become more outward looking, more missionary, especially towards those on the margins?
  • How is God speaking to us through voices we sometimes ignore? What space is there for the voice of minorities, especially people who experience poverty, marginalization, or social exclusion?
  • What enables or hinders speaking up courageously, candidly, and responsibly in our local Church and in society?
  • How do prayer and liturgical celebrations actually inspire and guide our common life and mission in our community?
  • What hinders the baptised from being active in mission? How does the community support its members who serve society in various ways (social and political involvement, scientific research, education, promoting social justice, protecting human rights, caring for the environment, etc.)?
  • How are divergences of vision, or conflicts and difficulties addressed? What particular issues in the Church and society do we need to pay more attention to? How does the Church dialogue with and learn from other sectors of society: the spheres of politics, economics, culture, civil society, and people who live in poverty?
  • To what extent do we share our journey with members of other Christian traditions and denominations? What fruits have we drawn from walking together?
  • How is authority or governance exercised within our local Church? How are teamwork and co-responsibility put into practice? How are evaluations conducted and by whom? How are lay ministries and the responsibility of lay people promoted?
  • Is there freedom to exercise our particular ministry in the Church and participate in this common work of discernment and decision-making?
  • What additional formation do I need to be a missionary disciple? What tools are necessary for the Church to be truly synodal, listening and journeying together?

Links here to Synod Preparatory Documents and the Vademecum.

The Synod Prayer: We stand before You, Holy Spirit, as we gather together in Your name. With You alone to guide us, make Yourself at home in our hearts; Teach us the way we must go and how we are to pursue it. We are weak and sinful; do not let us promote disorder. Do not let ignorance lead us down the wrong path nor partiality influence our actions. Let us find in You our unity so that we may journey together to eternal life and not stray from the way of truth and what is right. All this we ask of You, who are at work in every place and time, in the communion of the Father and the Son, forever and ever. Amen.