This Sunday (18th Oct) is Synod Sunday in the Archdiocese of Liverpool. It is an opportunity to remind ourselves of what our Synod is all about and see where it is up to at this time of pandemic.
Below the Synod report which you may want to read - in particular the last couple of pages which refer to our children’s responses. Throughout the report are many references to our schools e.g. how we pray, use of buildings and our Religious Education etc.
In addition, the Archbishop has produced an informative pastoral letter for Sunday, part of which says:
‘God is still asking us to reflect on becoming the kind of Church he is calling us to be and in many ways we have been invited to do this with a new urgency at this time.
‘Our Synod journey brings together the “imperatives” of co-responsibility, collaboration and genuine listening between Church leaders and the lay faithful. Synodality is an essential aspect of Church life today. Pope Francis is firm on Synodality as the way forward. I am reminded of something that Pope Benedict said in 2012:
“Lay people should not be regarded as ‘collaborators’ of the clergy, but, rather, as people who are really ‘co-responsible’ for the Church’s being and acting...It is therefore important that a mature and committed laity be consolidated, which can make its own specific contribution to the ecclesial mission with respect for the ministries and tasks that each one has in the life of the Church.”
(10 Aug 2012 to Catholic Action International gathering.)
‘This is very much your role in the next part of our Synod journey.
‘I need each of you to play your part in discerning the next steps forward. At the beginning of December each Synod Member will have to indicate which of the ideas and issues that they are most drawn to. They will need your input to do this faithfully. This will then enable us to present to you, in March, the Synod Proposals to be voted on in June. After June we will work on drawing up a Pastoral Plan in the light of the Synod Proposals which will be promulgated at the start of Advent 2021.’