Our Lady Help of Christians and St. Oswald, Oswestry

Pope Francis’ Synod

Pope Francis has initiated a Synod which is a process involving a journey of the whole People of God beginning in each local Church and leading to an Assembly of Bishops from 4th to 28th October 2023 and a second Assembly in October 2024.

This Synod is about the Church becoming a synodal Church, meaning that everyone in the Church has a part to play in our common mission. The Second Vatican Council reinvigorated the sense that all the baptised, both the hierarchy and the laity, are called to be active participants in the saving mission of the Church. We have received the Holy Spirit in baptism and confirmation and so have received gifts for the renewal and building up of the Church, as members of the Body of Christ. The purpose of this process is to discern God’s will for the Church in these times.

Pope Francis is keen that we integrate the theme of journeying together (synodality) into our local way of working. This means that all the people of the local Church, clergy, religious and laity are called to listen together to each other and to the Holy Spirit to discover what God’s will is for the Church as we move forward. It is, firstly, a spiritual process that we follow by praying for the guidance of the Holy Spirit. It also involves listening to each other in a spirit of prayer and openness.

As a parish, we contributed to the Diocesan submission. Please see the following links to the Preparatory document for the Assembly in October 2023 and the European Assembly document (from the Assembly held in February 2023 which was attended by the representative of the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales). Also below are links to the documents for the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales and the Diocese of Shrewsbury. 

Vatican Document prepared for the Assembly in October 2023

European Assembly Document February 2023

(the Final Document can be downloaded from the following linked page)

Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales

Diocese of Shrewsbury