Westminster Synodal Pathway

As part of the worldwide consultation ahead of the 16th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in Rome, to be held in October 2023, the Diocese of Westminster has launched the first stages of its Synodal Pathway. Parishes are asked to make contributions by 21 January 2022.

We find it important that voices from the Shrine are heard in this process. Therefore, we are now asking our parishioners and regular worshippers to send us their thoughts. Please send them by the end of December 2021 to Alex Dimminger, Shrine Administrator, at maidenlane@rcdow.org.uk, or by filling out the form below. Your thoughts will be collated anonymously into a “Parish Synthesis”, which will be sent to our Diocese as the Shrine Parish’s contribution.

Pope Francis has made clear that:

“what is under discussion at synodal gatherings are not the traditional truths of Christian doctrine. The Synod is concerned mainly with how teaching can be lived and applied in the changing contexts of our time”.

The following questions may guide your reflections:

  1. During the pandemic, what strengths did you find in your faith and in your Parish? In what ways did the grace of God most clearly touch and uplift you? How might you have been disappointed or sorrowful?
  2. What gives you joy in belonging to your Parish?
  3. What areas of mission and outreach might we need to develop in our Parish?

Above all, we are asking you to pray for the pathway towards the 2023 Synod:

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 live and reign in the unity of the Father and the Son,
God forever and ever. Amen.

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