Synodal Process / Parish Questionnaire / Archbishop’s Pastoral Letter

Please see our Parish Questionnaire below and do your best to complete it by the 14th November. You can return it via the parish email address or through the presbytery letterbox. There are also hard copies at the back of church for you to use if you prefer.

Pope Francis has asked the whole Catholic Church worldwide to engage in a process of discernment under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. This process is called a synod. It involves everyone in the Church – clergy, religious, and lay Catholics, each participating according to the gifts and charisms of their vocation. The word ‘synod’ comes from two Greek words ‘sun’ meaning together and ‘hodos’ meaning way. The English word synod therefore means journeying together along the way, united in Christ, the Way, the Truth and the Life.

The Synodal Process we are undertaking is guided by a fundamental question:

How does ‘journeying together’ take place today on different levels (from the local level to the universal one), allowing the Church to proclaim the Gospel? And, what steps is the Spirit inviting us to take in order to grow as a synodal Church?

In our Archdiocese, Archbishop John is inviting everyone to respond to the invitation of Pope Francis and take part in the initial diocesan listening phase of the Synod. Each local parish is asked to host a meeting, or series of meetings, where conversations about the Church’s mission in the life of the parish and the diocese can be prayerfully examined; and where the will of the Lord can be discerned, as we seek to grow in faith and number.

The Holy Father launched the Synodal Process for the Universal Church last weekend (a link to Pope Francis’ homily can be found here).

This coming Sunday, 17 October 2021, Archbishop John Wilson will launch the Synodal Process in Southwark with a livestreamed Mass at St George’s Cathedral (10am – link here: https://youtu.be/aiCHG9JuqaY).

Prayer for the Upcoming Universal Synod (Adsumus, Sancte Spiritus) 

We stand before You, Holy Spirit, as we gather together in Your name. With You alone to guide us, make Yourself at home in our hearts; Teach us the way we must go and how we are to pursue it. We are weak and sinful; do not let us promote disorder. Do not let ignorance lead us down the wrong path nor partiality influence our actions. Let us find in You our unity so that we may journey together to eternal life and not stray from the way of truth and what is right. All this we ask of You, who are at work in every place and time, in the communion of the Father and the Son, forever and ever. Amen