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For a Synodal Church 

 

Communion|Participation|Mission

 

Pope Francis is asking everyone in the universal Catholic Church to think deeply and in prayer about how we are journeying together and how we are responding to the needs of our troubled world.

 

The Synod is a process of journeying together. We are to listen to each other’s experiences in a new way without comment or discussion and to do this in small groups.

 

During Advent your parish representatives, invited by Father Louis, will be able to help you arrange groups, and provide advice and materials offered by Clifton Adult Education and Evangelization Dept.

 

Further information from:

Website: synod@cliftondiocese

Recordings from previous information sessions

 

Videos:  Bishop Declan’s welcome; Explaining the synod process

 

Preparatory Document: Synod Vademecum

 

Contact your parish representative for any queries or more information.

Dr Nick Niven-Jenkins: nick@niven-jenkins.co.uk

Kate o’Gara: kateogara53@gmail.com

Dawn Martin: treborlodge@btinternet.com

Synodal QuestioNnaire

St Luke and St Teresa Catholic Church Wincanton

January 2022

Pope Francis wants to hear from the whole Church about what is happening in local parishes. He and the bishops would like to know what individuals think we should all be doing to help make our parishes better. The way the Pope has proposed doing this is a synodal process. Synod means “journeying together “and it involves listening to the Holy Spirit and to each other in order to discern the path we are called to walk together.

 

“I have come here to encourage you to take this synodal process seriously and to tell you that the Holy Spirit needs you. And this is true: the Holy Spirt needs us. Listen to it by listening to yourself. Don’t leave anyone out or behind” 

Address of the Holy Father Pope Francis to the Faithful od the Diocese of Rome 18th September 2021

You can download the Synodal questions for reflection,thoughts and response on the themes of:   Communion /Participation /Mission by clicking on either the ‘Word’ or ‘pdf’ links below

 

YOU CAN COMPLETE IT AS AN INDIVIDUAL, A FAMILY OR A GROUP

 

Please return ...

Individual responses: to the Church or email online to one of the three delegates.

Group conversations including one to one: will need the facilitator to forward collective responses to the church or email one of the delegates.

 

All responses to be returned by January 30th 2022. Your delegates will then collate and return to the Diocese by February 28th 2022

 

Please note: All responses will be strictly confidential, anonymous and only shared with your delegates for the purpose of synod.

Listening Wall

We have created a board (a listening wall) in the entrance to the St Luke’s for people to add their thoughts and reflections to several questions about their experience of being a member of our church.

We appreciate that people may not feel able to comment on the questions immediately as they enter or leave church and therefore they are repeated below.

We would be very grateful if you could respond briefly to one or more of the questions anonymously and leave your written responses under the board in church.

The questions are:

Our experience of Covid-19

  • What has been your experience of your Church community ‘journeying together’ these past eighteen months?

  • How has your parish/community ‘journeyed’ with others, outside of the community?

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Our wider journey

  • Recalling your experience of the pandemic, and perhaps thinking more broadly, when does the journeying bring you joy? When might it bring you pain?

 

Our church community

  • When we say ‘our Church’ who is part of it?

  • Who is missing on this journey? Whom do we need to listen to?

 

Our mission

  • What would you wish to celebrate about how your parish/community lives its mission?

  • What areas of mission are we neglecting?

 

Many thanks.