Parish Synodal Pathway Summary
SYNODAL JOURNEY: Preparation is underway for the first of two Synods that will take place later in 2023, for which a “Continental Stage” Synodal working document is available for reading at https://www.synod.va/en/highlights/working-document-for-the-continental-stage.html. A recent Catholic Union online debate on this subject can be viewed at https://catholicunion.org.uk/2023/02/catholic-union-leads-discussion-on-churchs-synod/.
For a Synodal Church:
We stand before You, Holy Spirit, as we gather together in Your name. With You alone to guide us, make Yourself at home in our hearts; Teach us the way we must go and how we are to pursue it. We are weak and sinful; do not let us promote disorder.
Do not let ignorance lead us down the wrong path nor partiality influence our actions.
Let us find in You our unity
so that we may journey together to eternal life and not stray from the way of truth
and what is right.
All this we ask of You,
who are at work in every place and time,
in the communion of the Father and the Son, forever and ever. Amen.
The Purpose of the Synod
‘The purpose of the Synod … is intended to inspire people to dream about the Church we are called to be, to make hopes flourish, to stimulate trust, to bind up wounds, to weave new and deeper relationships, to learn from one another, to build bridges, to enlighten minds, warm hearts and restore strength to our hands for our common mission.’ Vademecum, Vatican’s Synod Preparation Document
‘I have come here to encourage you to take this synodal process seriously and to tell you that the Holy Spirit needs you. And this is true: the Holy Spirit needs us. Listen to it by listening to yourself. Don’t leave anyone out or behind.’