Across the Channel:French Synod National Synthesis

“We dream of a Church […] that is ready to move with changes in our society, freed from some of the burdens in the way it works, advancing resolutely towards unity, where people can speak freely, always attentive to the little ones and those who have been cast aside, a praying Church that trusts inContinue reading “Across the Channel:French Synod National Synthesis”

Synod National Synthesis Released

(Photo: the national synthesis team, from the CBCEW website) The Synod National Synthesis was released yesterday, on 28June 2022. Prepared by the National Synthesis team for the Bishops Conference, it reflects the Synod Reports from each of the Dioceses across England and Wales. These in turn summarised the contributions of an estimated 30000 submissions fromContinue reading “Synod National Synthesis Released”

Synod 2021-23 update

Members of the hierarchy, clergy, and laity, who have coordinated the diocesan synodal conversations in England and Wales, recently participated in a National Synod Day in Southwark Closing the day’s proceedings, Cardinal Nichols said “In this upper room, seeking the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we have had a unique window on the life ofContinue reading “Synod 2021-23 update”

Pastoral Renewal Exchange (PRE) 

PRE was started by Fr Brian Green in 1978 to allow those involved in pastoral work to exchange ideas, personal experiences and information. Fr Brian taught at Ushaw College from 1969 -77 and developed a Pastoral Theology course. He then moved to Dinnington to become parish priest of St Joseph’s in 1977. PRE is receivedContinue reading “Pastoral Renewal Exchange (PRE) “

Synod: Quo Vadimus?

The Plymouth Diocese held a pre-synodal meeting of Parish representatives last week, and is now in the process of preparing the Diocesan ‘synthesis’ to go forward for discernment by the Conference of Bishops. Guidance from the Vatican suggests that the synthesis should indicate “how the Holy Spirit’s call to the Church has been understood inContinue reading “Synod: Quo Vadimus?”

Christian Aid film attracts broad audience

Last Thursday, an ecumenical crowd, with strong support from parishioners of Our Lady of the Portal, gathered at the newly opened Moresk Centre to watch “Thank you for the Rain”, a moving documentary hosted by Christian Aid’s Katrina Musgrave. Canon Roger Bush, Dean of Truro Cathedral, open the discussion after the film, which all thoughtContinue reading “Christian Aid film attracts broad audience”

Pope installs men and women as new lay ministers

This year’s celebration of the liturgy Sunday of the Word of God (23 January in St Peter’s Basilica included some very special moments, when Pope Francis formally installed lay men and women from various parts of the world in the ministries of Lector and Catechist, using recently prepared rites for this purpose.In most countries, womenContinue reading “Pope installs men and women as new lay ministers”

Truro Men’s Buckfast Retreat

Some retreatants with Fr Abbot David and Bro Prior Daniel  The annual Truro Men’s Retreat at Buckfast Abbey was finally held last weekend at the start of Advent. Although in its twelfth year, the 2020 Retreat was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, and was only able to take place this year for a limitedContinue reading “Truro Men’s Buckfast Retreat”

First Holy Communion Group

The children in our First Holy Communion group (16 children!) decorated these Advent candles last week. They used sheets of coloured wax (wax appliqué) to cut out 4 Advent symbols and fix them onto the candle. The children are placing an Advent prayer card in front of the candle and will say  the Advent PrayerContinue reading “First Holy Communion Group”

Synod: a short overview

With Truro and no doubt other parishes around the county gearing up to start local consultations, we thought that readers might like to be reminded that the why’s and wherefore’s of the synod are contained in the Vatican’s Preparatory Document, which you can find on the official Synod website and also in our Synod resourcesContinue reading “Synod: a short overview”