Parishes are being encouraged to host 'spiritual conversations' so people can contribute their voice to the Synod 2021-2023.

The Archdiocese has made available a booklet titled Hosting a Parish Synod Meeting, which offers practical advice, resource material and tips.

It was compiled by Sr Anna Marie McGuan, the Diocesan Synod Delegate, and Fr John Deighan who is assisting her.

She said: The booklet is a simple guide to help your parish make the most of this current diocesan stage.

"While parish-level synod meetings are optional we encourage all parishes to consider having one and giving us their feedback by 31 January 2022. If they can't, there will be an opportunity for delegates from the parish to attend a forthcoming deanery level meeting, meaning all parish voices will be heard."

Pastoral letter

In a pastoral letter to be made available in all parishes in the Archdiocese this weekend, Archbishop Cushley outlines his thoughts on the Synod themes of participation, communion and mission.

He adds: "I invite you to get involved in any discussions that take place in your parish community. Sister Anna Marie and Fr John will help to lead discussion at various levels in the diocese and will be in touch with parishes and deaneries shortly.

"A local church that walks the synodal path together, will surely embrace Jesus, who alone is the Way, the Truth, and the Life."

The Archdiocese has also made available a Holy Hour Prayer Service guide for parishes to help them spiritually prepare using Jesus in the Eucharist as the focus.

Read and download the Parish Meeting Guide here. Synod resources can be found on this website (Menu>Governance>Catechetics). The official website for the Synod is synod.va