The Catholic Church throughout the world and in Ireland is beginning a series of conversations about what God wants of his people at this time. These conversations are often referred to as a Synodal Process. “Synodal” comes from a Greek word which means “walking together”.
On Sunday 17th October we mark the opening of this Synodal Process entitled, For a synodal Church: communion, participation and mission. This Synodal Process coincides with the start of the two-year Synodal Pathway for the Catholic Church in Ireland which will lead, in time, to a National Synodal Assembly in Ireland.
We pray that the next two years will be a time of prayer, listening and discernment, involving a consultative conversation. This will allow all people – both within the Church and in society at large, to share their insights into the Catholic Church in Ireland – past, present and future – so that we can prepare for a National Synodal Assembly in the coming years.
Bishop Fintan will celebrate Mass in the Cathedral of St. Mary and St. Anne on Sunday 17th October at 11.30am to launch the Synodal Pathway in the Diocese of Cork and Ross. This will be live streamed here <https://www.churchservices.tv/corkcathedral>
To learn more about the Synodal Pathway for the Catholic Church in Ireland you can check www.catholicbishops.ie/synod
Information is also available from http://www.synod.va