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Synod news

The parish phase of the worldwide Synod taking place at the moment wants to reach beyond the regular congregations.

We need to provide opportunities for those who are no longer active participating members of the Church.

In the Archdiocese of Cardiff there will be an evening of discussion open to all from across South East Wales and Herefordshire. It will take place on Tuesday 8 February 7pm – 8.30pm via Zoom. Register by emailing fbcallus@aol.com.

Please pass this information on – asking what do YOU think of the Catholic Church?

Have you walked away from the Church?

Do you have issues with the Church’s teachings?

We need to hear from you. Pope Francis has asked for the Church to listen. We want you to be heard.

The Synod – 3 churches meetings

The Synod Representatives from the 3 Churches are holding a series of meetings to which you are invited to attend:

Sunday 23 January ~ Coffee Morning Group. via Zoom 

Thursday 27 January ~ Parish Council, Acolytes, Cleaners S.V.P. 7pm Christ the King Parish Centre

Tuesday 1 February ~ Circle of Friends 8pm via Zoom

Thursday 3 February ~ Stewards, Readers, Eucharistic Ministers 7pm. Christ the King Parish Centre

Monday 7 February ~ 3 Churches Bereavement, Proclaim, Liturgy Groups 7pm. St Brigid’s Hall

Saturday 12 February ~ Open Meeting after 6pm Mass. Christ the King Parish Centre

Sunday 13 February ~ Open Meeting after 9am Mass. Christ the King Parish Centre

Monday 14 February ~ 3 Churches Catechists, Parents of First Holy Communion Children, also those Confirmed last year and their parents. 7pm St Brigid’s Hall

Tuesday 15 February ~ Musicians, Singers 7pm Christ the King Church

Monday 21 February ~ Open Meeting 2.30pm / 7pm St Brigid’s Hall

Monday 28 February ~ 3 Churches Group Bereavement, Proclaim, Liturgy 7pm St Brigid’s

Please make every effort to attend your designated meeting. However, if you are unable to join your particular group you are most welcome to join another .


Any of the Parish Representatives can be contacted via email:
Simon Brockway simonsylvia@uwclub.net / synod2022ctk@uwclub.net
Margaret Fegan margfegan46@gmail.com
Ann Reid lettie.reid@ntlworld.com
Tania Walsh tania.walsh@rocketmail.com
Pat Williams patriciamary1950@gmail.com

Synod news

Over 80 parishioners from over 30 parishes across the Archdiocese have stepped up as representatives in this historic Synod. They started a programme of training this week with an introductory talk on what is meant by a ‘synod’, the synodal process, the timeline, and the role of parish representatives. In their second session next week, they will look at how to organise and run a parish meeting and how they might encourage prayerful listening and discernment. The synodal process is for each and every one of us and we hope we will use the opportunities we are offered to listen to each other.

Questions to think about: How do we journey together, listen to each other? To the Holy Spirit? What is your dream for the Church, your parish, so that it becomes more missionary, more outward looking?

Fr Matthew

The Synod. Let’s get thinking and chatting!

So to start us off, from the Synod documents: “The fundamental question that guides this consultation of the People of God”… is the following:

A synodal Church, in announcing the Gospel, “journeys together.”

How is this “journeying together” happening today in your particular Church?

What steps does the Spirit invite us to take in order to grow in our journeying together?

We are invited to:

  • ask ourselves what experiences in our parish and / or diocese the fundamental question calls to mind
  • what joys did they provoke?
  • what difficulties and obstacles have they encountered?
  • what wounds have they brought to light?
  • what insights have they elicited?
  • where, in these experiences, does the voice of the Spirit resound?
  • what is the Spirit asking of us?
  • what are the points to be confirmed, the prospects for change, the steps to be taken?
  • what paths are opening up?

The Synod – coordinators needed

Dear friends and parishioners

Diocesan coordinator Madeleine Walters from St Teilo’s and her team are now asking each church community for at least two people, to be representatives in enabling parishioners to reflect, share and respond to the questions of the Synod.

It’s disappointing that only one person volunteered last week, and it would be tragic if we all were prevented from making our contribution by a lack of coordinators.

If you would like to serve our churches in this historic event, please email Fr Matthew at matthew.jones@rcadc.org within the next three days. The diocese will supply training next week, and info will continue in forthcoming newsletters.

Fr Matthew

The Synod

Here are extracts from Pope Francis’ address for the beginning of the Synod process. Please take time to read it and capture something of Francis’ vision.

Diocesan coordinator Madeleine Walters from St Teilo’s and her team are now asking each church community for at least two people to be representatives in reflecting, sharing, and responding to the questions of the Synod.

If you would like to serve our churches in this historic event, please email Fr Matthew at matthew.jones@rcadc.org within the next three days. The diocese will supply some training, and info will continue in forthcoming newsletters. Meanwhile, once more we print the Synod prayer:

We stand before You, Holy Spirit, as we gather together in Your name.

With You alone to guide us, make Yourself at home in our hearts;

Teach us the way we must go and how we are to pursue it.

We are weak and sinful; do not let us promote disorder.

Do not let ignorance lead us down the wrong path nor partiality influence our actions.

Let us find in You our unity so that we may journey together to eternal life and not stray from the way of truth and what is right.

All this we ask of You, who are at work in every place and time,

in the communion of the Father and the Son,

forever and ever. Amen