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Synod 2020

The word Synod comes from 2 words in Greek which can be translated as "together on the road" or "together on the way". As followers of the Way we can see the importance of this. 

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.

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.

The Liverpool Archdiocesan Synod in 2020 will, to use the words of Archbishop Malcolm, enable us to regain our missionary spirit so that the call to holiness we heard in our baptism is expressed by a change of direction. Baptism has changed us so that as Christians we live no longer for ourselves but for others.

On our Synod journey we can hear and respond anew to the call of the Lord with open-hearted generosity and creative commitment. It is in this spirit that we can face the future with hope and confidence in Christ who is always close to those who seek to do his will.

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 2020 website where you will find News, Resources and Prayers.

Synod 2020

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.

Reflection period on the Synod during the COVID-19 Pandemic

In the light of the changes COVID-19 has brought to our lives, we reflect on the kind of Church God is calling us to be.


During these days of isolation and social distancing we are experiencing different ways of being Church. Our prayer and worship has become transformed as we gather remotely, online, from our own home. Our sense of community is challenged as we find creative and new ways of coming together to meet to socialise, to work, or to check in on each other. As we live through this difficult and different time, with its many struggles and challenges, we invite you to reflect on what our Synod can learn from our experiences.


Please watch and reflect on the film linked below by clicking on the image and read the attached leaflet. Spend some time reflecting on the material and, when you are ready, submit your proposals for action by clicking the 'Next' button on the website below the video.

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