A synod of the bishops will take place in Rome in 2023. The Holy Father has asked for the synod’s preparations to begin in local churches. It will begin with a period of consultation and discernment on Sunday 17 October 2021. Sr Anna Marie McGuan RSM has been asked to be the Archdiocese’s lead delegate in the national synodal process and will be assisted by Fr John Deighan (Lennoxtown, Milton & Torrance). An announcement will be made soon on how that process will take shape in our Archdiocese.
The handbook and preparation document for the Synod have now been issued.
The solemn opening of the Synod will take in place in Rome on October 9-10 2021 and in the particular churches on 17 October. In the meantime, please pray to the Holy Spirit www.synod.va/en.html
Synod – Pastoral Letter from Archbishop Leo Cushley dated 26th October, Renewing the Bonds of Communion.
At the recent Parish Pastoral Council meeting it was decided that we would have two Parish Synod Meetings to discuss and feedback on the questions posed to us in the Archdiocesan Synod process. The resources for parish synod meetings can be viewed here.
Our parish meetings were held on Saturday 15th January and Saturday 19th February. You can read the short report of those meetings by following the link – Parish Synod Meetings Report
Prayer of Invocation to the Holy Spirit
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.
Ss John the Baptist and Kentigern is a Parish of the Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh, registered charity No. SCO08540