SYNOD 2020




News from OCTOber 2019

Synod Sunday - Oct 12th/13th

There will be a pastoral letter from Archbishop Malcom and prayer cards listing the four themes which will be the subjects of our discussion over the next four months.

In addition, each month there will be a talk on various  Synod themes. All the details are on the notice board at the back of both churches


News from September 2019

The next stage of Synod 2020 has begun. Two meetings have taken place in Wigan for the 500 members of the Synod including our two parish members Marion Simonet and Mark Thompson and our two priest members.  At each meeting:

  • Fr Peter McGrail of Hope University presented the listening report that he and Dr Michael Miller produced.

  • Our four Synod Themes were announced.

  • Archbishop Malcolm offered some reflections about our Synod and how he will bring what he has heard to Rome.

  • The next steps in the process, when our themes are explored in local communities, were outlined.

The four Themes will be announced to parishioners throughout the Archdiocese on Sunday 13th October. In addition material will be proved for discussion in parishes and an exploration of these four themes will take place, one each month, from 20th October until 15th March. There will be announcements in the parish newsletter about how we can all participate.

There is a very full report of the Listening Phase available on the Synod website . Click on the blue link to download the report. It is a  substantial document of 133 pages.


News from June and July 2019

During the summer months, there will not be as much visible activity in parishes. After all the parish meetings etc, a team at Hope University will be spending the next couple of months, analysing all the answers sent by attendants at parish meetings and also by sent those who filled in the online questionnaire. Have a look at the timetable

The online Synod 2020 questionnaire is now closed unfortunately but there will be further parish meetings later this year, when you can listen to other parishioners and have your own say, especially if you have not been able to attend the 6 parish meetings in May and June.


News from May 2019

“Time to Listen”  

This stage of Synod 2020 is primarily a listening exercise. Listening to as many people as possible - those who are active in the Church by coming to Mass each weekend and those who are less involved. Also, listening especially to those who just do not come to church any more or those who feel alienated from the church. So, over the coming weeks we will invite people to come together; to listen to each other about what concerns them, about life and about the Church, and share what we hear with those on the Synod team who will be responsible for deciding on the main topics to be discussed during the next stage of Synod 2020. 

Over the months of May and June, our Parish Synod Representatives have been collecting data at scheduled Synod Listening meetings which will ultimately lead to the topics and proposals that will be voted on at our Synod in 2020.  

Alternatively, Parishioners were able to take part in the process via an on-line survey but this has now closed.

 The dates for the scheduled Synod Listening Meetings were as follows:

20th May 2019 - St Paul’s Parish Centre - 7.00 pm

21st May 2019 - St Timothy’s Church - 7.00 pm

3rd June 2019 - St Paul’s Parish Centre - 7.00 pm

4th June 2019 - St Timothy’s Church - 7.00 pm

17th June 2019 - St Paul’s Parish Centre - 7.00 pm

18th June 2019 - St Timothy’s Church - 7.00 pm

“As we journey together to Synod 2020 your views will help us to become the Church we are called to be”


News from April 2019

Our Parish members, Marion Simonet, Mark Thompson and our two priests, attended the third Synod meeting with other members from the parishes of this Pastoral Area at St Oswald's Old Swan on April 25th, 2019.

After reflecting on the two previous meetings and listening to what we had learned from them, we were asked how best to implement this listening process in our parishes.

Listening. This is the key word. This stage of Synod 2020 is primarily a listening exercise. Listening to as many people as possible - those who are active in the Church by coming to Mass each weekend and those who are less involved. So, over the next few weeks we will invite people to come together; to listen to each other about what concerns them, about life and about the Church, and share what we hear with those on the Synod team who will be responsible for deciding on the main topics to be discussed during the next stage of Synod 2020.

Over the months of May and June, Synod has been collecting data  which will lead to the topics and proposals that will be voted on at our Synod in 2020.  Data is being collected through an on-line survey.  There are 4 questions to complete.  If you would like to take part please visit www.synod2020.org.uk and follow the links to the survey.


News from February 2019

News On Sunday 3rd February at 3pm, the Archbishop of Liverpool inaugurated Synod 2020. The 500 members of the Synod (including 4 from our parish , Fr John Southworth, Fr John Meehan, Marion Simonet and Mark Thompson) were present to make their profession of faith and to hear the archbishop send them out to undertake their tasks. We were all invited to the service in order to pray and to support all the members of the Synod.

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What is Synod 2020

Archbishop Malcolm McMahon of Liverpool has called for a meeting of people, priests, deacons, religious and bishops of the Archdiocese. The Synod will take place in October 2020. Our parish will have 4 representatives. Before the Synod, our representatives will be organising meetings to which everyone in the parish will be invited to have their say about various challenges.

Have a look at the website set up by the Archdiocese of Liverpool for more details.

Initial Local Activities

 On Sunday 3rd February at 3pm, the Archbishop of Liverpool inaugurated Synod 2020. The 500 members of the Synod (including 4 from our parish , Fr John Southworth, Fr John Meehan, Marion Simonet and Mark Thompson) were present to make their profession of faith and to hear the archbishop send them out to undertake their tasks.


 In the week ending on February 17th, the four members of St Paul’s and St Timothy’s took part in the  initial meeting of Synod members at LACE. The talks were varied: Synods and the Church under Pope Francis (Fr Eamonn Mulcahy), the Church in England and Wales in the 21st Century (Professor Stephen Bullivant) and Canon Chris  Fallon (our neighbour in St Teresa’s).

The next stage will be sessions for Listening and Discernment Preparation at a variety of venues during March and April. After that there will be more local involvement.

 

Synod 2020 Hymn

Together on the Road with the Lord

Mike Anderson

Verse 1
They were together on the road with the Lord but they didn't understand
But they walked with their Lord as he spoke of love, abundant love they couldn't comprehend.
But as he broke the bread, they recognised their Lord!

REFRAIN
Together on the road with the Lord, together on the road with the Lord,
together on the road to build a world where every one is free!
Together on the road with the Lord, together on the road with the Lord,
together on the road to be the Church he founded us to be!

Verse 2
They were together on the road with the Lord but they didn't understand
But their hearts burned within as he spoke of death, a sacrifice they couldn’t comprehend.
But as he broke the bread, they recognised their Lord!

REFRAIN
Together…..

Verse 3
We are together on the road with the Lord and we may not understand.
But he walks with us now as he calls us, too, to be the Church he founded us to be.
And in a still small voice, he whispers words of love!
And we will listen, and we will learn, and we will pray, we will discern!

REFRAIN
Together…..

Synod 2020 Prayer

Father, we thank you for the love you have shown us in the gift of Jesus, your Son.

We thank you for the gift of the Church, through which you show us

that you are always with us and are always at work in our lives.

As we journey together to Synod 2020 help us to become the Church that you are calling us to be.

May your Holy Spirit be powerfully at work among us.

Strengthen each of us and guide Francis, our Pope and Malcolm, our Archbishop.

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.

AMEN

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