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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 also a great pastor. He brought his many and varied gifts to the service of the Church in this country – first to the Church of England, and then to the Roman Catholic Church. Cardinal Newman is often quoted as saying in connection with the need to consult the people of God: 'I sought to hear the voice of God and climbed the topmost steeple, but God declared: "Go down again - I dwell among the people.”' It seems right and fitting that this next part of our Synod journey, which will involve more listening and discerning, should be under the intercession of Saint John Henry Newman.

Synod Sunday also marks the beginning of the next stage of our Synod Journey with our four Synod Themes being announced. These four themes will give us all the opportunity to listen some more, reflect, and then make proposals for action to the Synod, which will be voted on and guide the Archbishop in writing a Pastoral Plan for the Archdiocese. The four themes are:
  • All called and gifted by God
  • Sharing the mission of Jesus
  • How we pray together
  • Building community, nurturing belonging
Archbishop Malcolm has written a Pastoral Letter to be read at all Masses this weekend and there will be a leaflet and prayer card for everyone to take home with them. Please share these with as many people as you can.

These resources, together with the Liturgy Pack which has been sent to parishes, can be downloaded below.
The Pastoral Letter is also available to listen to on the Archdiocesan Website  or watch it below