Bishop Vincent is inviting us all to take part in consultations leading to the first ever Synod in the Diocese of Parramatta.
A Synod is both an event and a process where clergy, consecrated, and the laity gather to discuss important matters relating to the life and mission of the Church. Synods are transformative events that lead to renewal in the Church's life.
Our Diocesan Synod will be held from 12-15 October 2023.
Our Synod will gather clergy, religious, and the laity across our Diocese to listen, discern, and respond to the Holy Spirit through voices of the People of God in Western Sydney and The Blue Mountains.
From May to July 2023, in the lead up to the Synod, all are invited to participate in deanery and parish listening consultations, organising time to discuss with family and friends, and engaging in opportunities to dialogue.
Submissions from these consultations and conversations will be collected and can be provided online, in person, or via mail.
The key question for us to reflect on is: “In what ways can we respond to the call of the Holy Spirit to be a more synodal Church in the Diocese of Parramatta?”
The submissions will be reviewed and synthesised by a Synod working group, and will inform the development of agenda for the Synod.
You can read more about the Synod at: https://parracatholic.org/synod2023/#