The Synodal Journey in the Diocese of Hallam – Archive



The Synodal Journey 
in the 
Diocese of Hallam

October 2021 to

October 2023

in  Parishes and Communities Across the 
Diocese of Hallam

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.

The meeting will be on 26 March 10.30-2.30 at St Peter-in-Chains, Doncaster, and on-line.


Prayer, scripture reflection, sharing

Responses from across the diocese

Small groups, to reflect and discuss the responses

Shared lunch and liturgy

“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?” and

"What steps is the Holy Spirit inviting us to take in order to grow as a synodal Church?"


Deacon Bill Burliegh's Homily at the Launch of the Synod in St Mary's and St Thomas More Parishes

Fr Paddy Walsh on the Synodal Process in St Vincent's, Sheffield

Fr Tom Magill from the Diocese of Motherwell

Fr. Tom’s Sunday Gospel Reflection: John the Baptist and the Church of the margins

Sr Anne Arabome SSS Preaches for the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

Fr Des Sexton preaches Second Sunday in Ordinary Time (C) 16 January 2022

Opening Liturgy at St Marie's Cathedral

Introduction to Spiritual Conversations

Discernment in the Everyday

Synodal Discernment with Paul Nicholson SJ

Discernment Training from the Archdiocese of Liverpool

Catholic Deaf Association - Signed Presentation on the Synod

Vatican II, the Synod and the Future of the Catholic Church

Listening with the Heart Episode 4 - Dom Christopher Jamison OSB