Towards a Synodal Church

76 parishioners from about 30 parishes across the Archdiocese have stepped up as representatives for their parishes in this historic Synod. They started a programme of training during this past week. In the first session, they had an introductory talk on what is meant by a ‘synod’, the synodal process, the timeline and the role of parish representatives. In their second session next week, they will look at how to organise and run a parish meeting and how they might encourage prayerful listening and discernment. They are to be thanked for their intention to serve their parishes in this way and I am sure you will support them. This will be your opportunity to have your say. The synodal process is for each and every one of us and I hope you will use the opportunities you are offered to listen and talk to each other.
Questions to think about:
How do we journey together, listen to each other? to the Holy Spirit?
What is your dream for the Church, your parish, so that it becomes more missionary, more outward looking?
If your parish has not yet selected parishioners to be your representatives and wishes to do so, or if you wish to be a representative for your parish, please contact me at the email address below. A number of parishes do not yet have representatives.

Madeleine Walters
Diocesan Synodal Co-ordinator

16th November 2021