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 submissions will be reviewed and synthesised by a Synod working group,
and will inform the development of agenda for the Synod.
O God, who always walks with us
on the journey of life, we call upon you
to lead us forth united.
Bless and guide our Diocesan Synod.
Keep us anchored in your love.
Open our hearts as we listen and discern.
Reveal to us the way we are called
to go out into the deep.
Give us the courage to pursue
the mission with bold humility.
May we experience renewal in our local Church today,
and for generations to come.
We ask this prayer through Jesus Christ,
who in the power of the Holy Spirit continues to guide your Church,
to the fullness of your Kingdom now, and forever.
Our Lady Help of Christians, pray for us.
St Mary of the Cross MacKillop, pray for us.
The Plenary Council is the first time in 80 years that the entire Australian Catholic Church will come together to pray, discuss and listen to the Holy Spirit about our future. You may or may not have already participated in contributing direct feedback to the process in 2019. It’s time to become involved again. In October 2021 nine Members of the Diocese of Parramatta will join nearly 280 other Catholics from around Australia. They will discuss the items on the Plenary Council Agenda.
The Plenary Council is about our Church. Each of us can ask the Holy Spirit to guide the process. We can each reflect on how we would answer the questions on the Agenda, and provide our feedback to the Members of the Plenary Council from our Diocese. You can email them at email@example.com.
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