This Synod is very different to those held in the past. Since Vatican II, bishops have held Synods every few years, when they met with the Pope to discuss and discern together on important issues of the day. This time, ahead of the bishops meeting for the Synod in 2023, Pope Francis is asking all the people of God to contribute by discerning what the Holy Spirit is saying to us in our prayer and through one another.
Some of you will have met in parish events to consider the ten questions given to us, to listen to each other and to discern what the Holy Spirit is asking of us.
The purpose of the online events is to reach out ot those who, for any reason, are unable to join a parish-based event. Pope Francis speaks of those on the margins as being the centre of the Church and these are the people to whom we are reaching out – to welcome those whose voices are not always heard. If you, or someone you know, feels they are on the margins, you will be welcome to join us.
Sadly, most of us will know people who no longer attend Mass and the reasons for this will be many and varied. We would ask that you pass on this information to friends or family members who might be interested.
The events will be held on Zoom on Thursday February 3 – 1pm and Thursday February 10 – 7.30pm. We ask that you think about the ten questions before attending the event, which can be found on the diocesan website: https://www.rcdea.org.uk/bishop-alan-to-launch-synodal-pathway-online-survey/
Register for Feb 3, at 1pm here: https://bit.ly/31QLu7G
Register for Feb 10, at 730pm here: https://bit.ly/3K889Oj
For further information and to register, email Jacinta: firstname.lastname@example.org
Vatican Synod website: https://www.synod.va/it.html