Last year Pope Francis formally opened a two-year process ‘Synod 2021-2023: For a Synodal Church’ which entails bishops around the world consulting with all Catholics before coming together for a gathering of bishops in October 2023. The consultation started with 10 questions, which we were invited to discuss & reply to online and in parish meetings. Our parish had its meeting last November, and you can read the report of it by clicking here.

We now move to the next phase which is more specifically related to our own diocese & parish, and there are just three questions to consider in the context of a quotation from Pope Francis: “The parish is the presence of the Church in a given territory, an environment for hearing God’s word, for growth in the Christian life, for dialogue, proclamation, charitable outreach, worship and celebration. In all its activities the parish encourages and trains its members to be evangelizers.” (Evangelii Gaudium 28):

  1. What, within our current practice as a parish and diocese, helps to fulfil this vision?
  2. What would our parish and diocese look like if this vision was being fully lived?
  3. What practical steps can we take to move towards that fully lived reality?

As a major part of that consultation, volunteer facilitators will visit every parish in the diocese to lead an open meeting to consider these questions. Our parish meeting will take place in the parish hall on Wednesday 27th April 7.00pm to 8.30pm. Please do come along to the meeting. For more information about the whole process see: