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It is a long established practice in the Church to use the term ‘Synod’ for decisive meetings at significant times where members of the Church come together to review one or more issues and make decisions. Synod is the term given for ecclesiastical gatherings under hierarchical authority, for the discussion and decision of matters relating to faith, morals, or discipline. Pope Francis has repeatedly said that "the path of Synodality is the path that God expects from the Church in the third millennium". (Vatican City 19th Oct 2015). A Synod is a journey. The path we take will be formed as we journey together. The path will be formed by us and we will be formed by the journey. At the heart of this journey is discernment. This is more than just listening, it is allowing the Spirit of God to shape the way we hear and the way we act.

Our Synod journey has three main stages: Prayer (Advent 2017 – September 2018), Discernment (September 2018 – September 2019), and Planning (September 2019 – October 2020).

Please click on the image below to be taken to the Synod website for more information and resources, including prayers and news.


Sharing the mission of Jesus

After our most recent Synod assembly, presented by Mrs Lea, our Year 5 and 6 children were asked to respond to the question, 'What more can the Catholic Church do to help young people learn more about Jesus and follow his example?' They were very thoughtful and reflective in their responses and were very interested in giving their thoughts. Please see below for a small selection of their responses.

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