SYNOD 2021-2023, For a synodal Church.

Communion – participation – mission

Pope Francis has launched a worldwide ‘synod’ process. Synod simply means ‘journeying together’. The Holy Father is inviting us to listen deeply to one another and to discern what God is saying to the Church about how we ‘journey together’ especially as we emerge from the ravages of the pandemic. We are now to have our own synodal pathway, within our parishes and communities in the Diocese of Westminster, united with every diocese across the world. Then, after national and continental gatherings, the Synod of Bishops will gather in Rome in 2023 to reflect on what has been heard.

The Hemel West Parish Pastoral Council will lead the process in Hemel West parish. There will be several ways that you can engage in the process and make your voice heard.  You as a parishioner have a part to play by encouraging anyone you know, Catholic or non-Catholic, especially any members of your family who are inactive in the practice of their faith or a neighbour who is not a Christian to get involved by answering the questions overleaf. The Catholic Church wants to hear from anyone, they do not have to be Catholic. This is an opportunity to listen to each other so that we can hear  what the Holy Spirit is saying to us as a Church and discerning the path for the future.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED!

  • In person meetings will take place as follows:

Friday 12th November after the 10am Mass – Parish Centre, Boxmoor

Sunday 21st after the 10.15am Mass – Parish Hall behind the Church of St Mary and St Joseph

Sunday 21st after the 12pm Mass – Parish Hall in St Mark’s Church.

Monday 22nd November at 7pm – Parish Hall behind the Church of St Mary and St Joseph

Wednesday 24th November after the 11.30am Mass- Parish Centre, Boxmoor.

It is only necessary to attend one meeting, as the same question set will be asked at all meetings.

  • Online participation

If you are unable to attend any in person meetings, then just go this link to participate: https://bit.ly/3w7UfVC You must make your online submission no later than Friday 3rd December. Please be concise!

  • Written participation

If you want to make a written response to the questions please do so and pop them through the presbytery letterbox, no later than Thursday 2nd December. Please be concise!

Before you answer the questions in person, online,  or written,  you might like to pray the Synod Prayer:

Synod Prayer of invocation to the Holy Spirit

We stand before You, Holy Spirit, as we gather together in Your name. With You alone to guide us, make Yourself at home in our hearts; Teach us the way we must go and how we are to pursue it. We are weak and sinful; do not let us promote disorder. Do not let ignorance lead us down the wrong path nor partiality influence our actions. Let us find in You our unity so that we may journey together to eternal life and not stray from the way of truth and what is right. All this we ask of You, who are at work in every place and time, in the communion of the Father and the Son, forever and ever. Amen

QUESTIONS

  1. Our Experience of COVID-19

· What has been your experience of your Church community ‘journeying together’ these last eighteen months?

· How has your Parish / community ‘journeyed’ with others, outside of the community?

  1. Our Wider Journey

· Recalling your experience of the pandemic, and perhaps thinking more broadly, when does the journeying bring you joy? When might it bring pain or sadness?

  1. Our Church Community

· When we say ‘our Church’, who is part of it?

· Who is missing on this journey? Whom do we need to listen to?

  1. Our Mission

· What would you wish to celebrate about how your parish/community lives its mission?

· What areas of mission are we neglecting?