Preparing for Synod

PREPARING FOR SYNOD For the first time, the Synod Office in Rome has produced a comprehensive process which encompasses the stated aim of the Holy Father that the Church in today’s world should have a vision of missionary communion orientated to evangelisation. Pope Francis has highlighted the importance of ‘mutual listening’ and this will be at the heart of the synodal process throughout the Church. The process begins in the Local Church and then moves to the level of the Bishops’ Conference. From there, discernment takes place in the Regional Area – for England and Wales, it will be steered by the European Council of Bishops’ Conferences (CCEE) – before moving to the Universal Church with the final Synod Gathering of Bishops in 2023, sub et cum Petro. Pope Francis invites us to participate in a world-wide Synod – every person in the Church is invited to respond. So that we can fully understand what Pope Francis is asking the diocese is offering information sessions to give everyone an opportunity to find out more and so be able to fully engage with the process. If you would like to participate in one of the online Teams sessions, please let us know at synod@cliftondiocese.com, so that we can send you an invite. If you plan to attend one of the sessions around the diocese, please also let us know so that we have an idea of numbers. Our local session is on 6th November, 10am -12noon: St John’s Centre, Trowbridge www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/trowbridge-synod-information-sessions-tickets-190920838367