The National Synthesis – reflects on Synod reports received by the national synthesis team, discerning the main themes that have emerged from the listening conversations, and collating them together to give a picture of the synodal process in England and Wales.
“The Synodal process in our parish was truly a joy to be part of. Very many new friendships and connections have been formed across the Parish as a result. There was a great hunger among people to meet, talk and share their views (or Encounter, Listen and Discern). There is renewed energy to heal our parish after Covid and multiple plans for Synod Action Groups to look at how we can be better at welcoming people, including young people, looking after the elderly and the sick, and improving our music. Ideas range from an annual Parish Picnic to a new prayer group for men, to Pilgrimages and special celebrations. The Synod has been wonderful for our parish and has brought many people together.”
For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation and Mission
A two-year ‘synodal’ process is taking place across the Catholic Church. This is an important moment in the life of the world Church, with Pope Francis calling us all to reflect on the theme “For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation and Mission.” The Pope is inviting us to take this journey together. As the Preparatory Document for the Synod expresses, “This path of walking together is the most effective way of manifesting and putting into practice the nature of the Church as the pilgrim and missionary People of God.”