The Synodal Journey 
in the 
Diocese of Hallam


October 2021 to

7 March 2022

in  Parishes and Communities Across the 
Diocese of Hallam

There are lots of possibilities for Synodal Conversations in Parishes

in groups
doing shared activities
sharing joys
sharing cake

Pope Francis has asked every one of the People of God to let him know how things are for them in the Church. He believes we are all trying to journey together through life, finding ways to communicate the fundamental message of Jesus, to love one another, in how we live our lives and in our words. That is the meaning of the word “Synodal” – it means “journeying together”.

He has asked the Bishops of the world to ask you and then tell him. You can do this with other people in your parish; tell Bishop Ralph what you think between October 2021 to 7 March 2022.

Your parish will hold meetings so you can think together about what important things you need to say.

Bishop Ralph will collect your thoughts and take them to a meeting of the bishops of England and Wales. Some of our bishops will gather in Rome for a Synod (meeting) in 2023 to listen to what you are saying about our journeying together. Following this Pope Francis will write to the whole Church reflecting what has been discerned from this process.

The question Pope Francis is asking you to pray, listen and discern is this:

“How does this “journeying together” take place today on different levels (from the local to the universal one), allowing the Church to proclaim the Gospel?”

Leading to a Diocesan Pre-Synod Celebration Meeting

The Diocesan Pre-Synod Meeting is a big get-together to pray, to hear what’s been happening with the synod process in the diocese, and to hear what will be sent to Bishop Ralph as a record of our discussions.

“How does this “journeying together” take place today on different levels (from the local to the universal one), allowing the Church to proclaim the Gospel?”

Join the Synodal Journey with the People of God

 Questions

Pope Francis has asked us to consider these questions

What are your experiences of ‘journeying together’ in your diocese, your parish, for you personally?

What joys, difficulties, wounds have you encountered?

The Holy Spirit is in all those experiences.

What is the Holy Spirit saying to you through those experiences?

And what steps is the Spirit inviting you to take in order for the Church to grow as a synodal Church?

 How to get involved in the Synodal Pathway in Hallam

Step 1

Step 1

Know your Diocesan Synod Contacts. They are Fionnuala Frances and Kevan Grady.

synod@hallam-diocese.com

Pray for them.

Step 2

Step 2

Join the Synod Working Group. This is the working group of people willing to lead us through the synodal process. Anyone is invited to be part of this group; get in touch if you feel that this is what you are called to do. The Holy Spirit is a core member of the group.

Pray for them.

If you have particular skills which you think might be helpful for the process of synthesising the responses, or feel you can represent a group that might otherwise get overlooked, you could offer to join the Synod Core Group.

Step 3

Step 3

Prayer is an important part of this journeying together. If you missed the Opening Liturgy to celebrate the Hallam Synodal Process held on Sunday 17th October at St Marie’s Cathedral and live-streamed across the diocese, you can still catch it now online, on our video page.

As we approach Christmas continue to pray that we may be open to listen to each other and the Holy Spirit.

Plan to join others during on a Lenten day of reflection.

Pray that the Holy Spirit will guide our discernment on this holy journey we are on together.

No-one is excluded

Step 4

With the help of your parish representatives, listen, gather in the views and voices of as many people as possible. Particularly include those on the margins, who may not always feel listened to. No-one is excluded, everyone has a voice, all are invited to participate, and your parish can decide how best to do this in your area.

Pray for each other and for the people you listen to.

Reach out to others

STEP 5

Offer to help to disribute the survey in your parish. Offer to help those who might have difficulty completing the survey. 

STEP 6

Attend the Diocesan Pre-Synod Celebration Meeting, to review the process and plan next steps. This will take place at St Peter’s Catholic Church, Doncaster DN1 2AA

on 26 March 2022 10:30 am -2:30 pm

 Let us know if you want to participate in the Synodal Journey.