Thank you for being here for the opening of the Synod. You have come by many different roads and from different Churches, each bearing your own questions and hopes. I am certain the Spirit will guide us and give us the grace to move forward together, to listen to one another and to embark on a discernment of the times in which we are living, in solidarity with the struggles and aspirations of all humanity. I want to say again that the Synod is not a parliament or an opinion poll; the Synod is an ecclesial event and its protagonist is the Holy Spirit. If the Spirit is not present, there will be no Synod.
Address at the Opening of the Synod, 9th October 2021.
At the end of 2021, the Holy Father, Pope Francis has invited the entire Church to come together to discuss the hopes, the dreams, the fears, and the challenges that face the Church in the years to come. Over the course of two years, each parish in every diocese of the world has been asked to reflect on the themes of participation, communion, and mission so that the Church may be better equipped to announce the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the third millennium.
A synod is traditionally a gathering of the world’s bishops to discuss important matters of the day and advise the Pope on how the Church should respond. The novelty of this synod is that participation goes far beyond the bishops as everybody is called to respond.
Who is involved?
You! As a church community, we are all being asked to express ourselves, our dreams, and our concerns for the Church. Over the course of this year, you will be asked to prayerfully and constructively present your views to the “Synod Team” who will then collate submissions and prepare the final report.
When and where?
You are most welcome to submit any reflections in a variety of ways:
Themes for Reflection
Where are we as a Church? What is our mission? Where have we come from and where is the Holy Spirit guiding us? The Holy Father has asked us to prayerfully reflect on the themes of communion, participation, and mission. You may wish to comment on one of these, you may wish to comment on all three – every input is welcome! Paper and online submissions may be signed or anonymous.
You are welcome to type or hand-write your reflections. These can be posted in the box which can be found on the table at the entrance of the Church or through the letterbox at the Priory.
In-Person Submissions – Listening Events
There will be a listening event for each parish where all are invited to come and express their views face to face in a roundtable setting. These can be highly fruitful moments of exchange and all are encouraged to attend if you can. Of course, these meetings will be conducted according to anti-covid norms including social distancing, hand sanitizing, and mask-wearing. They will be held on the following dates:
St Mary of the Angels Church Hall, Talbot Street, Canton –
Saturday, 22nd January, 10.30am-11.30am
Sunday, 23rd January, 3.oopm – 4.00pm
Holy Family Hall, Fairwater – members of the “Synod Team” will be available after Masses from the weekend of the 22nd/23rd January.
Notes will be taken during these meetings and a member of the “Synod Team” will compile a summary of what was discussed.
You are equally welcome to submit your responses online via the following links.
St Mary of the Angels
If you would be interested in expressing your views via zoom or a similar platform in a group setting, do let us know. If there is suitable interest, this can be facilitated.
Our Church, Our Synod, Our Voice
Don’t miss this opportunity to connect with the Church. Jesus tells us that we are the light of the world, but nobody lights a lamp and hides it under a basket! (cf. Matt.5:14-16) Equally, please make sure your voice is heard as we reflect and pray about how we can better serve the Church and better announce the Gospel of Jesus Christ.