Synodal Process – Update
One of our Synodal Co-ordinators, Donald Scott, writes: ‘Thank you to everyone who has contributed in various ways to our synodality process so far. Between St John’s and St Mary Magdalene’s we have had 268 questionnaires completed, and over 80 people have attended the 11 synodality conversations in the Parish House. As a result, we have a rich and diverse set of insights and perspectives.
We submitted a summary report to the diocese by the 31 March deadline. This will be combined with the information from all the other parishes into a diocesan report to Rome. We will also be able to send our own report directly to Rome before the end of May. Those inputs will contribute to the gathering called by Pope Francis for 2023.
Perhaps most importantly, we need to make sense for ourselves of what this all means for us. It was agreed recently that we should use an Open Parishes’ Meeting – joint between the two sister parishes – to share all the material that has been recorded (as well as the two reports sent to the diocese and Rome).
This will give all of us as parishioners an opportunity to reflect, share and play a part in discerning what is most important for our next steps together in the faith. The date for that Open Parishes Meeting will be the evening of Sunday 15 May. It is an important event – do mark it in your diary!’