Synod 2021-2023

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The Prayer of the Synod: Adsumus Sancte Spiritus

Attributed to St. Isidore of Seville (560-636), it has been traditionally used at Councils and Synods for hundreds of years.  The version below was specifically designed for the Church’s Synodal journey from 2021 to 2023.

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.

Shorter form prayer for use in parish

Synodal Prayer

We gather together in the Holy Spirit who guides us and make a home in our hearts; teach us the way we must go and how to pursue it. We are weak and sinful; do not let us promote disorder. Do not let ignorance misdirect or influence our actions. Let us find in You our unity as we journey together to eternal life Let us not stray from the truth and what is right. This we ask of you at work in every place and time, in the communion of the Father and the Son, forever. Amen.

Launch of the Diocesan phase of the listening journey 16th October 2021 – Extracts from a homily given by Cardinal Vincent Nichols

Powerpoint of Information Sessions on Synodal Pathway

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Cardinal Vincent Pastoral Letter for 27th Sunday OT year B

211003 Pastoral Letter – Synodal pathway

Westminster Synodal Pathway

“The Holy Father is offering us the opportunity to participate in a time of listening and reflecting. He hopes this will help us to discern how God’s presence comes into our lives and what the Spirit of God is prompting us to do anew, so that we might be more alive and creative in our response to the call of Jesus, our Way, Truth and Life.” (Pastoral Letter 2-3 October 2021, Cardinal Vincent)

“…the heart of the synodal experience is listening to God through listening to one another, inspired by the Word of God.” (Synod Vademecum)

What and Why?

From the Vatican Synod Office:

From our Diocesan website:

Synodal Pathway Parish Representative:

Trish Bonnett, Pastoral Assistant, is our representative and she will

  • attend the Liturgical Opening of the Diocesan Synodal Pathway in Westminster Cathedral on Saturday 16th October at the 6.00pm Mass, and the Pre-Synodal Diocesan Gathering at the Cathedral on Saturday 15th January 2022
  • dedicate time to training, and to the planning and delivery of up to three parish meetings/conversations, using the resources provided
  • communicate the Synodal vision with joy to fellow parishioners
  • is someone who knows the neighbourhood and how to reach out to our parishioners

What to expect:

After a time of preparation, including information and training events offered to Clergy, Parish Reps and others, parishes and communities will move into the ‘listening phase’. Resources will be provided to support this process:

  • Simple resources to use on the Synodal Pathway launch weekend, 16th/17th October
  • Material and ideas on how to engage people into taking part, including those beyond the visible Church community
  • Accessible, interactive resources to use in different settings enabling people to participate in simple ways. This will include brief interactive activities which could be used after Mass or in a parish event or parish group
  • Core material to guide synodal conversations in parishes and communities
  • Ideas of how to use the material in different ways e.g. one-to-one, one off groups, a series of gatherings, online events, meetings with young people
  • Tools to synthesise feedback to the Synod team in the Diocese.

There will also be regional listening events and opportunities for people to engage online. It is hoped that there will be wide participation, so that as many voices as possible can feed into the process which will culminate in a Diocesan gathering for representatives from parishes and communities in January 2022.


Preparation and Launch

Thursday 7th and Wednesday 13th October 7.00pm – 7.45pmOptional Information meetings on Zoom for Clergy, Parish Repsand others (Two options for same event). Registration required: Thursday 7th   Wednesday 13th   
Week commencing 10th OctoberSynodal Pathway resources sent to parishes
Saturday 16th October 6.00pm (local launch in parishes on Sunday 17th Oct)Liturgical Opening of the Diocesan Synodal Pathway in the Cathedral  
Monday 25th – Wednesday 27th October 7.00pm – 9.00pm  Training event for Clergy, Parish Reps and others (registration required)   Venues and Online Option:   Monday 25th October 7.00pm – 9.00pm Venue: Our Lady and St Vincent Parish Hall, Mutton Lane, Potters Bar, Herts EN6 2AT   Tuesday 26th October 7.00pm – 9.00pm Venue: Cathedral Hall, Ambrosden Avenue, SW1P 1QJ   Wednesday 27th October 7.00pm – 9.00pm Online training event (registration required)     N.B. To register for the in person events please email  

Listening Phase

Sunday 31st October – Sunday 5th December  Synodal Pathway events and activities in parishes and other communities   Online diocesan listening events  
Late November/early December  Area Listening Events with the Auxiliary Bishops   Details to follow  
17th DecemberReturn of parish and other community submissions  

Diocesan Gathering

Saturday 15th January 2022Pre-Synodal Diocesan Gathering at the Cathedral  

Look out for other events as the Synodal Pathway progresses.