Church Synod 2021-23
Update May 2022
In April 2021, Pope Francis asked the whole Catholic Church worldwide to engage in a process of discernment under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. This process is called a Synod. The key themes are Communion, Participation and Mission. In our Archdiocese, Archbishop John invited everyone to respond to the invitation of Pope Francis and take part in the initial Diocesan listening phase of the Synod. Each local parish was asked to host a meeting, or series of meetings, where conversations about the Church’s mission in the life of the parish and the diocese can be prayerfully examined. Within Our Lady Immaculate Parish two discussion meeting were held on 13th and 14th November. A summary of these discussions was submitted to the Archdiocese. Parish delegates then participated in online Archdiocese Listening sessions in February 2022. In April 2022 the Archdiocese submitted a Diocesan Synthesis to the Bishops Conference of England and Wales.
The synthesis can be accessed here