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
SYNOD 2020 STATUS UPDATE AND CALL TO ARMS
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.
The changing roles of lay people and clergy
Ongoing Faith formation
Prayer and liturgy
Building community / serving the poor and vulnerable
Reorganising parish and pastoral area structure for evangelisation and mission
Children, young people and Catholic Schools
The Church in the community
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)
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 )
FROM 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
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)
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.
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