As you may have heard, a Synod is taking place in the Catholic Church . The climax will be when the Synod meets in Rome in 2023.
Pope Francis is insistent that every single Catholic has the right to be part of this Synod (not that we can all go to Rome of course!), but the Pope and his advisors have set in motion a mechanism whereby every single person can express a view.
The very word Synod has to do with everyone having this freedom. As many of you will know already, the parish is beginning preparations for this process. It will work like this. Every person and every group in each parish will be encouraged to answer a list of questions. The respondents to the questionnaire will remain anonymous, although when parish groups submit their responses, the group will be identified. e.g. Legion of Mary, SVDP, Mary’s Meals etc.
So how do we take part? Well, the parish part is open to every member of this parish. As individuals, or as group members, we are asked to complete a questionnaire which has been circulated world wide.
The completed questionnaires will be sent to the local dean, who will collate the findings and pass them on to the Archdiocesan officials.
WHAT IS PARTICULARLY OF NOTE HERE IS THE INSISTENCE THAT EVERYONE’S OPINION MATTERS, AND EVERYONE IN ANY GROUP HAS A SAY TOO
Please keep an eye on tis webpage. In the coming days you will be able to collect a form yo fill in. It has been estimated that this will take about 15 minutes, and of course you can put it down and return to it if you want more time to think
AGAIN, it is essential that no individual’s name appears on any form. If names appear on forms, the forms will be rejected.
There will also be an on-line questionnaire on SURVEY MONKEY. We are trying to get that set up now.
If our Synod is going to be a success, we will need lots of volunteers to help with the admin. We will need parishioners to help process the data from the questionnaires.