SYNOD 2020

synod 2020 logoSYNOD PRAYER

Father, we thank you for the love you have shown us in the gift of Jesus, your Son. We thank you for the gift of the Church, through which you show us that you are always with us and are always at work in our lives.

 

As we journey together to Synod 2020 help us to become the Church that you are calling us to be. May your Holy Spirit be powerfully at work among us. Strengthen each of us and guide Francis, our Pope and Malcolm, our Archbishop.

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.

AMEN

The Bishop Eton Synod Rep can be contacted on  

Where you can find out more :

SYNOD  Website :  www.synod2020.co.uk 

 Facebook : www.facebook.com/SYNOD2020/

Twitter :  

SYNOD 2020 STATUS UPDATE AND CALL TO ARMS

Dear parishioner

As you are aware, the Covid-19 Pandemic has had a terrible impact on everyone's lives. Many of us have lost loved ones, friends and relatives. As the year draws to a close, we see light and hope at the end of the tunnel, around us we see the young shoots of optimism, indeed in many cases our collective thoughts are beginning to think of a future filled with normality. That normality includes our respective journeys in faith.

Following a postponement of the SYNOD activities for almost six months, we as a community are being given the opportunity to think about our church. Next June, the Liverpool Archdiocesan Synod will meet to vote on the proposals and affirmations that will help us become ‘the church we are called to be’.

DO YOU WANT TO HAVE A SAY IN THE SHAPE OF THE FUTURE OF THE CHURCH IN LIVERPOOL? OTHERS ARE HAVING THEIRS!

As the Synod representative I am reaching out to everyone in our community to think about, and if motivated to do so, contribute to the selection of the affirmations and proposals that will form the foundation and agenda of the Synod. This is essentially our last opportunity to make our voices heard.

The published affirmations and proposals are the fruit of contributions made by people from across the Archdiocese, including our own parish. Our role as Synod members is to listen to the views and hopes of the parish as to which of the 120 proposals and 40 affirmations will help us become ‘the church we are called to be’.

BUT WHAT ARE WE ASKING YOU TO DO?

Rather than asking you to tackle all the proposals and affirmations at once, we have broken them down into themes. These have been captured in a set of 7 surveys - any and all responses to which will be distilled into our parish response which must be returned by the 4th December.

To allow us to meet this deadline you have between now and Dec 1st to respond.  You may work through each survey or just choose themes you feel particularly strongly about.

Each survey will take between 5 and 10 minutes to complete.

To read and complete a survey, simply click on the link next to the theme below, answer the questions and then click ‘submit’ at the end.

Theme

Survey Link

The changing roles of lay people and clergy

https://forms.gle/38igedgfsWvrdKi88

Ongoing Faith formation

https://forms.gle/fxy45LwCiW7F6shY8

Prayer and liturgy

https://forms.gle/MvnvtDCJ6fo82vuN8

Building community / serving the poor and vulnerable

https://forms.gle/WNmB3WXtPfKJ84js7

Reorganising parish and pastoral area structure for evangelisation and mission

https://forms.gle/ysLzpFvy8m2qc5KX8

Children, young people and Catholic Schools

https://forms.gle/RZpq454eVbvL4ASB9

The Church in the community

https://forms.gle/A5qW9Kw1SCJ35FwX8

 

Your answers are anonymous – we don’t even know your email address – although you can leave your details if you would like to be kept informed of the outcome. We do, however, need to know your parish, (you are asked for it at the end of the survey)

If you know other people who want to contribute please forward this letter. Paper copies of the survey are available for anyone who doesn't have a computer. please contact Andy Finch at for details.

We look forward to hearing your views

Andy & Elisabeth

(Synod Members )

Next Sunday (18th October) is Synod Sunday and reminds us that as an Archdiocese we are still on the road together towards this momentous event. Perhaps, we might see its postponement as a prophetic opportunity, giving us more time to listen to one another and read the “signs of the times” before making the  necessary decisions that will help us to be “the Church God wants us to be”. If the events of recent months have helped you to clarify your thinking about the shape of the Church in the future, please remember to share your ideas with our Synod  representatives, whose details are on the websites.

(The Bishop Eton Synod Rep can be contacted on  )

 

synod 2020 logoFROM THE SYNOD OFFICE - SYNOD SUNDAY:

Next weekend, 17 and 18 October, we celebrate the third Synod Sunday in the Archdiocese. Originally this was to be the weekend of our Synod 2020 event, but the COVID-19 pandemic means this will now take place in June 2021. On Synod Sunday the summary proposals on our four Synod Themes will be published which you will be able to find on the Synod Website. Over the following weeks our local Synod Members will be inviting your responses to these proposals as we continue to discern the Church God is calling us to be. www.synod2020.co.uk 

SYNOD RECOMMENDED VIEWING

Please watch the video linked to below 'What Sort of Church Do We Want?'  presented by Fr Chris Thomas – Director of the Irenaeus Project

https://www.liverpoolcatholicresources.com/what-sort-of-church

SYNOD DURING COVID - 19 PART 2

The SYNOD update from the Archbishop  which you can watch  here is  'SYNOD DURING COVID - 19 PART 1.

 

SYNOD UPDATE FROM ARCHBISHOP MALCOLM 

Revised SYNOD Schedule

SYNOD Timetable

REFLECTION PERIOD ON THE SYNOD DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

(Deadline is on Monday 18th May- Exended from May 4th)


In the light of the changes COVID-19 has brought to our lives, we reflect on the kind of Church God is calling us to be.

During these days of isolation and social distancing we are experiencing different ways of being Church. Our prayer and worship has become transformed as we gather remotely, online, from our own home. Our sense of community is challenged as we find creative and new ways of coming together to meet to socialise, to work, or to check in on each other. As we live through this difficult and different time, with its many struggles and challenges, we are invited to reflect on what our Synod can learn from our experiences.

The video below assists us in reflection or you can download a leaflet click here

 

Please sumbit comments/proposals at https://synod2020.co.uk/themes/proposals/reflections#  (submissions will be accepted until May 18th.(Extended from May 4th)

synod 2020 logoRESPONDING 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

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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 logoSYNOD 2020 Talks audio & download

On the SYNOD 2020 talks page, you can listen to an audio or download a transcript of the first talk and see details of the upcoming talks.