Mass for the Fifth Sunday of Lent
Help us to respond to the challenges of our times in new ways to bring your love to all our sisters and brothers. We make this prayer through Jesus Christ Our Lord.
Where you can find out more :
SYNOD Website : www.synod2020.co.uk
Facebook : www.facebook.com/SYNOD2020/
Twitter : Follow synod2020
RESPONDING TO THE SYNOD PROCESS
You will recall that last autumn we launched an initiative by Fr Michael Henesy to try and engage those who do not come to church to share their insights with us, thereby making a unique contribution to the Synod process of consultation. Father Michael has presented the results in the March 2020 BE Alive and they have been forwarded to the Synod Office.
If you would like a copy of Fr Michael's report please click here
A NEW INITIATIVE:
However, we are also suggesting that our two parishes make a unique contribution to the work of the SYNOD.
It is not clear that we have yet reached out successfully to those who do not come to church, and yet if the SYNOD is to be properly informed we must hear what they have to say.
Accordingly, Fr Michael Henesy has prepared a simple questionnaire, which is available at the back of the church this weekend. If you have members of your family or friends who might be willing to complete this, please take these forms and invite them to consider responding.
You can download an electronic copy of the questionnaire by clicking here.
Please make sure they realise that this is entirely a non- judgemental exercise and to be done anonymously.
We suggest they place the completed forms in a marked envelope and either return through you or directly to the presbytery. THANK YOU.
SYNOD 2020 NEXT STEPS:
At the end of September, all the Synod Members gathered at ‘The Edge’ in Wigan to receive the report from the listening stage of our Synod journey and hear the announcement of the four themes that have emerged from all the listening that took place from February to July.
Over 20,000 people took part in the listening- in parishes, schools, online and in focus groups. All this information was read and sent to Hope University and under the guidance of Fr Peter McGrail was presented to the Synod working party in August and after 3 days of prayer and discernment four themes emerged.
You can read the full report (130 pages) on the Synod website: https://synod2020.co.uk/news/post?id=41
These four themes will give us all the opportunity to listen some more, reflect and then make proposals for action for the Synod, which will be voted on and guide the Archbishop in writing a Pastoral Plan for the Archdiocese.
The four themes are
- All called and gifted by God
- Sharing the mission of Jesus
- How we pray together
- Building Community, nurturing belonging.
This weekend you will receive a Synod Sunday leaflet and please take a Synod prayer card if you didn’t get one last weekend.
The collated parish SYNOD responses have been submitted to the Archdiocese. Thank you to all those who submitted responses.
Hope University is analysing all the data for the SYNOD working party. The working party comprises the SYNOD Moderators (Fr Philip Inch, Fr Matthew Nunes), Mrs Maureen Knight, (Pastoral Formation) Mrs Debbie Reynolds (SFX pastoral worker), Sr Rachel Duffy FCJ, (religious) Miss Kate Wilkinson (school chaplain), Fr Mark Beattie, Fr Stephen Pritchard and Fr Dominic Curran (Parish Priests).
The working party will meet from the 15th-17th August under the guidance of Fr Eamonn from the Limerick Diocese. Fr Peter McGrail will present the data from the listening process and after a period of discernment, it is hoped themes will emerge which will indicate the way forward.
The SYNOD members will be presented with the these at the September SYNOD 2020 gatherings, and presented to the Archdiocese in October on ‘SYNOD Sunday’. There will then be a further listening process.
It is asked that we pray for the SYNOD journey and especially for the meeting of the working party that takes places between the 15th to 17th August.
As we move towards the next phase of our Synod journey a series of talks that will help us to better understand some of the pressing concerns of the Church has been announced.
The first talk “The Quiet Revolution of Pope Francis: A Synodal Catholic Church by Fr Gerry O'Hanlon SJ will take place on Monday 7 October.
An optional night prayer follows at 9.00pm. Each talk includes time for questions
All are welcome. Please encourage others to attend what promises to be an inspirational and enriching series.
At Mass on the 26th May 2019 our SYNOD Reps Andy and John gave us an overview and invited us to come along to one of two listening sessions.
Session1 Friday 21st June at 8.30pm in the Fisher-More Hall
Session 2 Saturday 22nd June at 10.30am in the Fisher More Hall
Please make every effort to come to one of the sessions.
To help you prepare for the meetings Andy has prepared a document containing the SYNOD questions and reflections. CLICK HERE to download it.
If you cannot attend either session, you can email our dedicated address BE.synodvoice@bishopeton.
Please submit your comments by 24th June 2019 - thank you.
Andrew Finch and John Harris plan to share some thoughts with you at the end of the Masses this weekend.
The SYNOD organisers have produced a prayer book which all the SYNOD delegates have been sent. It has been made available to all for use in private prayer, meetings and gatherings in the Archdiocese.
The SYNOD reflection for the sixth Sunday in Easter can be found by clicking here.
The SYNOD2020 team has produced a series of Easter Reflections that introduce the Synod questions. Why not use them over the next few weeks.
Third Sunday of Easter (5 May): Breakfast on the Shore
Fourth Sunday of Easter (12 May): I know my sheep and they follow me
Fifth Sunday of Easter (19 May): Love one another
Sixth Sunday of Easter (26 May): The Spirit will teach you everything
Synod 2020 - an Easter update
There are lots of things are going on in the diocese in preparation for Synod 2020. The Primary School heads in the Archdiocese have met and are coming up with creative ideas to involve schools.
Similarly, the Secondary school heads are involving young people.
The Priests are meeting over the next few months to listen to one another.
After Easter there will be times of listening in every parish. Watch out for news of what will be happening here. Don’t forget you can directly input in Synod by filling in the online questionnaire go to www.synod2020.co.uk
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