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Synod of the Catholic Church

Pope Francis has planned a Synod of the whole Church for October 2023.

Unlike previous Synods, the Pope has requested that the conversation begins at Parish and Diocesan level, and that the information gathered will then inform the deliberations that take place in Rome in 2023.

Pope Francis has asked to talk to all people, no matter where they stand in relation to Church. He wants these local conversations to provide a good indicator of the reality of people’s lives, so that the Synod will be rooted in the lived experiences of people. One phrase which sums up the purpose of this Synod is: “To dream about the Church we are called to be, to make hopes flourish, to stimulate trust, to bind up wounds, to weave new and deeper relationships, to learn from one another, to build bridges, to enlighten minds, to warm hearts and restore strength to our hands for the common mission” (Synod Preparatory Document).

While this is a wonderful vision, it is also a very challenging one – and one which must start with small but definite steps. The Bishop of Ferns, Ger Nash, invites all the people of the Diocese of Ferns to join with him and contribute to these first steps. To that end, an initial meeting of the parishes of the Gorey area will take place in the Amber Springs Hotel on Tuesday 5th April at 7.30pm.

The purpose of this meeting will be to explore and discuss Pope Francis’ question: ‘What does God want from the Church in Ireland at this time’?

Everyone is welcome to attend this meeting. It doesn’t matter whether you are young or old, or whether you are a regular church-goer or not (in fact, it would be helpful to get the opinions of some who are not regular church-goers). All that matters is that you feel that you would have something to contribute to the discussion.

And so, if you feel that you have anything to contribute (no matter how insignificant you might think it is) and would be willing to attend this meeting, Fr. Butler would be delighted to hear from you.

For more information on the Synod 2023 process, visit https://www.synod.va/en.html

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