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by Father Philip Inch and Father Mark Beattie


On Saturday 19 June at 10.30 am history will be made in the Archdiocese of Liverpool.  The very first Synod on zoom will take place.  The last Synod was in the 1950’s, and it dealt with permissions needed to get married in a Catholic Church.  It can be said without hesitation that it did not take place on zoom!


The Synod members will gather – they will pray –they will be inspired and then they will be invited to make known the preferences they have been reflecting on since the Recommendations were published.  This day, and the following day in the Cathedral, is the summit of almost 4 years of planning, preparing and working.


As you know the voting on the Synod Recommendations will then be presented to the Archbishop, who in the light of them, will present to the Diocese his Pastoral Plan.  The most important task in the days that run up to the Synod is prayer.


There will be a week of prayer immediately prior to the Synod.  The Archbishop has asked that each day these prayers are used throughout the Diocese, either at Mass or in private prayer.


Father of love and compassion,

with trust in your great mercy we place our Synod into your hands.

Be with each member of our Synod

and guide them with the help of Your Holy Spirit.

Give us all the wisdom and the courage

to respond in new ways to the challenges we face

and to the needs of our brothers and sisters,

so that we may become ever more closely

the Church you are calling us to be.

We make this prayer in the name of

Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen.


Sunday 13 June

Today we pray for an end to

the Covid-19 pandemic.

For all who have been bereaved

For all who have lost their

employment and face a

worrying future

For all who work with the sick

For those who still feel isolated

and forgotten

For our brothers and sisters

across the world who need

medical assistance and access

to vaccines.

And we commend to your mercy

Lord all who have died.

Welcome them into your Kingdom.

Father of love and compassion …


Monday 14 June

We pray for families and for those who live alone

For those who are separated or estranged from those they love

For those living with addiction and the consequences of addiction

For all who live with poor health and for those who care for them

For families and individuals who live with poverty and debt

We pray for all who have had to leave their homes in search of a safe place to live

Lord, show us how we might be of service those who need our help.

Father of love and compassion …


Tuesday 15 June

Today we pray for all who work in our schools and colleges

For our parish catechists

For parents and grandparents as they seek to hand on their faith to their children

For all who work to share the Good News of God’s mercy in the world today

Father of love and compassion …


Wednesday 16 June

Today we pray for all who live without faith,

that the love of God will enlighten their hearts and minds.

We ask God’s blessing on us all as we try to find new ways

to share the message of the Gospel in our world today.

Father of love and compassion …


Thursday 17 June

Today we thank God for the beauty of the world God has given us

We pray for a better living out of our stewardship of the earth

For those most at risk from climate change

For action from governments across the world to protect the environment

For all of us to play our part in caring for our world

and using more responsibly the good things God has given us.

Father of love and compassion …


Friday 18 June

We pray today for all those called to lead and to minister in the Church

For Pope Francis, Archbishop Malcolm and Bishop Tom

For our Parish Priests,

For all Priests, Deacons and members of religious communities.

We pray for an increase in vocations to the priesthood and religious life where they are most needed

We pray that all the members of God’s Church may live out their vocation with joy and with courage.

Father of love and compassion …


Saturday 19 June

We pray today for the guidance of the Holy Spirit for all the members of our Synod.

May God grant them the wisdom, understanding and courage that they need to hear and to respond generously to the call of the Holy Spirit.

We pray for all the members of our Church, that we commit ourselves to being open to God’s call to service in our parishes, in our work and among our families and friends.

Father of love and compassion …


Sunday 20 June

Today we thank God for the work of our Archdiocesan Synod and for everyone who has played a part in this great moment of discernment.

We ask God to continue to guide us as we journey together as His Church.

We pray that when that when we hear the Lord’s invitation to follow him we will do so

with faith in our lives, with hope in our hearts and with His love in every action.

Father of love and compassion …


The July edition of the Pic will be a special edition giving the results of the Synod voting and giving a flavour of this special weekend in our history.

The Synod and Prayer


There will be a week of prayer immediately prior to the Synod