Synodal Journey 
in the 
Diocese of Hallam

 October 2021 to April 2022

in  Parishes and Communities Across the 
Diocese of Hallam

Opening Liturgy

Opening Liturgy at St Marie’s Cathedral
Sunday 17 October 2021 16:30 PM

Conversations in Parishes

Small groups in Parishes and Communities in person and online

Diocesan Pre-Synod Meeting

A gathering to share ideas and pray before a record of discussions is sent to the Bishops’ Conference

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 April 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 to each other and talk about 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?”

 “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?

 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 Hallam Diocese Synodal Team. 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.

Step 3

Step 3

Join the Liturgy to celebrate the Hallam Synodal Process which will be held at 4.30pm on Sunday 17th October at St Marie’s Cathedral and live-streamed across the diocese. Participate on-line, in your parish groups or with friends. Arrange to meet afterwards to talk about how you might go forward together on this synodal journey.

Pray for this holy journey we are on together.

Step 4

Step 4

With your parish priest, decide in your parish who will be the representative(s) for Synodal Meetings, and let Fionnuala and Kevan know the names. They will then be invited to join the working group to pray, discern and plan the synodal path.

Pray for them.

Step 5

Step 5

With the help of your parish co-ordinators, 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.

Step 6

Step 6

Deliver the messages from your group to Bishop Ralph between 1 January and 30 April 2022.

You can write a letter, email or respond using this website. As well as responding as a group, you can respond individually. Bishop Ralph will put your thoughts together and take a 10 page summary of what you have all told him to the meeting of Bishops.

Pray for Bishop Ralph.

The Bishops of England and Wales will pray and discern and collate the views from all the dioceses.

Pray for the Bishops.

They will bring those views to the meeting with Pope Francis in October 2023.

Pray for Pope Francis.

Step 7

Step 7

Attend the Synod Celebration liturgy, to review the process and plan next steps.

 Venue for Opening Liturgy

Cathedral Church of St Marie
Norfolk Row, Sheffield, S1 2RJ

You can participate in the Liturgy using the Cathedral YouTube Channel on this link
 https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4YF4JMYSO8dDtxzNQEfTjw

and follow the Order of Service on this link:

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