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.


Where you can find out more :

SYNOD  Website : 

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


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



Revised SYNOD Schedule

SYNOD Timetable


(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  (submissions will be accepted until May 18th.(Extended from May 4th)


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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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.


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:

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.


Between February and July 20,000 people took part in the 'Listening phase of the SYNOD' The  responses were collates by Hope and a 133 page report produced.

To access the report please click here

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synod 2020 logoThe 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.