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Synod Information

What is the Synod?

A Synod is a gathering of the Church to discuss important issues and advise the Pope accordingly. Since 1965, the process has involved Bishops from all over the world meeting in Rome. Pope Francis wants to change this to ensure that every Catholic can play an active part. This is an exciting opportunity for us to help shape the future of our Church.

Over the next two years, the Synod invites us, as Catholics, to journey together as the pilgrim people of God. This is appropriate as the word ‘synod’ literally means ‘journey together’. All of us are being encouraged to prayerfully reflect on our experiences and think about how the Church should be in the third millennium. We will share our thoughts with each other, listening carefully to discern what the Holy Spirit is telling us.

We have until Friday 4th February to share our considered thoughts with Bishop Richard. Here at St Joseph’s, we encourage as many parishioners as possible to do so. To help you, we will provide various opportunities to take part and support you throughout the process. The following section explains how we will do this.

The Synod asks us two fundamental questions:

  • How well do we ‘journey together’ in our parish and diocese to proclaim the Gospel?
  • What steps does the Holy Spirit invite us to take in order to grow in our ‘journeying together’?

These questions are explored through three themes: communion, participation and mission. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions about the Synod, please share them with us by email: synod@st-josephs-epsom.org.uk.


How can I get involved?

As a parish, we have explored the three Synodal themes throughout January. Parishioners have participated in online discussion groups, in-person groups and informal groups. The older children in our parish school have also discussed the topics in school and at home.

We have synthesised the outcomes of all our discussions into a response for the Diocese. You can find this in full in Synod Newsletter No. 7 (downloadable below). Bishop Richard will reflect on all the responses he receives from across the Diocese. After a period of discernment, he will share a summary in an online presentation. This will take place at 7:30pm on Wednesday 9th March.

Bishop Richard will reflect on all the responses he receives from across the Diocese. After a period of discernment, he will share a summary in an online presentation. This will take place at 7:30pm on Wednesday 9th March.
You can reserve a place by completing the form you will find here.


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Prayer for the Synod

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.


Useful links

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What does the Synod mean for Catholics in England and Wales?

Fr Chris Thomas, General Secretary of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, and Father Jan Nowotnik, Director of Mission, discuss the process and explain this invitation to communion, participation and mission.