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Synod Sunday 2019

Sunday the 13th of October

The second Synod Sunday will be celebrated in Parishes of the Archdiocese of Liverpool on Sunday 13 October 2019. This is also the day on which Pope Francis will declare Blessed John Henry Newman a saint of the Church. This seems hardly a coincidence. Cardinal Newman was a great scholar but als...

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Report on the Listening Phase

Monday the 30th of September

Between February and July 2019 over 20,000 people responded in local communities, online, and through focus groups to the four questions that were central to the Listening stage of our Synod 2020 journey. Responsibility for collating and analysing the results of this consultation was entrusted ...

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Meetings of Synod Members

Thursday the 26th of September

Synod Members recently gathered at The Edge in Wigan to receive a report from the Listening stage of our Synod, to hear our Synod Themes, and to think about the next steps in our Synod 2020 journey. The meeting was in four main parts:Fr Peter McGrail presented the listening report that he and D...

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Prayers as we discern our Synod Themes

Friday the 9th of August

A very important stage in our Synod Journey takes place between 15th and 17th August when the Synod Working Party gather under the guidance of Fr Eamonn Fitzgibbon and Dr Jessie Rogers (Limerick Diocese) who will lead a three day process of discernment and prayer. Fr Peter McGrail will present the d...

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Synod 2020 Talks

Monday the 15th of July

As we move towards the next phase of our Synod Journey we are delighted to announce a series of talks that will help us to better understand some of the pressing concerns of the Church and society as we continue to discern the Church that God is calling us to be.The first talk, The Quiet Revolution ...

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Synod around the Archdiocese

Monday the 3rd of June

Our Synod Listening is in full swing around the Archdiocese and Synod Members are finding a whole array of creative and inspirational ways of inviting as many people as possible to reflect on and respond to our Synod Questions. In St John’s, Kirkdale, a whole programme of Synod activities is under...

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Remembering our Initial Meeting of Members

Wednesday the 22nd of May

On Saturday 9th February a hundred Synod Members gathered in Chorley for the first meeting of Member at which the vision and context for the Synod was shared and explored. This short film recalls that event and shares something of the spirit that underpins Synod 2020. With the local listening now ha...

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Easter Reflections

Friday the 26th of April

Together on the RoadReflections for Easter 2019We are delighted to share a series of Easter Reflections which introduce our Synod Questions with Gospel reflections over four consecutive Sundays beginning with the third Sunday of Easter (5 May 2019).Third Sunday of Easter (5 May): Breakfast on the Sh...

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Theological Talks at St Charles & St Thomas More

Monday the 8th of April

The Parish Council of St Charles and St Thomas More have arranged a series of Theological Talks as part of their local preparations for Synod 2020. They extend an invitation to the whole Archdiocese to join them as they listen and pray for the guidance of the Holy Spirit.All of the talks begin at 7p...

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Highlights of our Synod Opening Ceremony

Tuesday the 12th of March

Watch extended highlights of our Synod Opening Ceremony held at the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King on Sunday 3 February 2019.With thanks to Wes and the team at Hatch for producing this film.

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Synod 2020 Solemn Proclamation: Poster

Monday the 4th of March

We have made the text of the Solemn Proclamation of Synod 2020 available as a poster to be displayed around the Archdiocese. This Proclamation, given at the Cathedral during our Synod Opening Ceremony on Sunday 3 February, signals the official announcement of Synod 2020.Click here to download as pdf...

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Initial Meetings of Members

Saturday the 16th of February

Over the last week there have been three initial meetings of Synod Members at Chorley (9 February), LACE (13 February), and Christ the King, Liverpool (19 February).The first meeting, at St Joseph's, Chorley, was filmed and the talks are available below. The programme for the meetings is also a...

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'A new day is breaking; a new dawn is rising.'

Monday the 4th of February

At a Service in the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King on Sunday afternoon, 3 February 2019, Archbishop Malcolm McMahon inaugurated Synod 2020 with the words of the proclamation, ' I hereby decree the convocation of a Synod for the Archdiocese of Liverpool to be held from 17-18 October 2020. ...

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Our Synod Questions

Sunday the 3rd of February

The four Synod Questions that will inform and inspire our project of listening over the coming months have been published today, Friday 1 February 2019. They are:Where in your everyday life do you experience love, truth, goodness, hope, and joy?When you reflect on your life now, and as you look to t...

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Synod Opening Ceremony, Sunday 3 February

Thursday the 31st of January

On Sunday 3rd February at 3pm, the Archbishop, at a special service in the Cathedral, will celebrate formally the calling of a Synod for the Archdiocese of Liverpool. This Service will begin an important period of time leading up to the Synod itself in October 2020. As the Archbishop himself said in...

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