Local Launch of the Synodal Pathway – October 17th
This weekend in Rome Pope Francis will launch a new time of reflection for the whole Church based on the theme “For a synodal Church: communion, participation, mission”. The local launch of this process will take place in every diocese and parish around the world on Sunday next, October 17th. At all Masses next weekend, a Pastoral Letter will be read, special Prayers of the Faithful will be offered and the prayer for the success of the Synodal Pathway will be said.
The word synod means “walking together”. It indicates a way of being Church that will help us to make decisions together; decisions that will help us to face the challenges of life in the 21st century.
Over the next four months the Church worldwide will be consulting all its members on their experience of the decision-making processes within the Church and how we are working together to achieve our mission. This will be done by means of questionnaires, online and in person discussion, and through social media. More details will be announced later. You are all invited and welcome to participate and engage in this process.