News from around the Archdiocese of Liverpool
by Father Philip Inch, Synod Moderator
On Sunday 3 February Archbishop Malcolm will officially and liturgically inaugurate Synod 2020. This will happen in the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King at 3.00 pm. You are invited.
The Service, not a Mass, will include a reflection led by pupils from St Bede’s Catholic High School in Ormskirk on the Prophet Elijah hearing the voice of God. The Archbishop will preach about the Presentation in the Temple and the prophetic words of Simeon calling us all to be a light to the Gentiles. The Service will end with the first singing of a hymn composed especially for the Synod by Mike Anderson.
All the 500 members of the Synod will be present to make their profession of faith and to hear the Archbishop send them out to undertake their tasks of listening, discerning, learning and so helping us to become the Church that God is calling us to be. The members will need the prayers, support and encouragement of all in the Archdiocese. That is why this invitation is for everyone. There will be room in the Cathedral.
In Douglas, on the Isle of Man, Bishop Tom Williams will at 3.00 pm on the same afternoon be leading a similar service for the members from the Island and for the people of the Isle of Man.
At both Services the Archbishop (or Bishop Tom) will announce formally the inauguration of the Synod. Included in this Solemn Proclamation will be these words:
‘In convoking the Synod I am calling us to be bold and creative in the task of rethinking the goals, structures, style and methods of evangelisation in our Archdiocesan community with its various parish and ecclesial, religious and social communities.
‘As we set out towards the Synod, we entrust our journey to Mary the Patron of the Archdiocese. She is the mother and first disciple of Jesus, and her journey of faith is a model for all Christians. She reminds us to be attentive to the promptings of the Holy Spirit. She knows better than any of us where, in God’s grace and mercy, our journey is ultimately heading.’
Please accept this article as your invitation to join us in prayer at the Cathedral on Sunday 3 February. If you cannot come set aside some time between 3.00 pm and 4.00 pm at home to pray and if you visit any of our sick and housebound parishioners, please invite them to do the same.
The first year of our three year Synod journey was a Year of Prayer, this led us to Adoremus, the Eucharistic Congress and Pilgrimage but prayer must still be at the heart and centre of all our Synod preparation, listening and meeting as we journey towards October 2020 and to the future beyond that gathering.
There is also one other invitation:
Can you encourage people to use the Synod on-line questionnaire. This will allow us to listen to as many voices as possible, all those who want to have a say and especially those who might not be able to attend one of the parish gatherings that will take place between May and July. The questionnaire can be accessed via the Synod website, just click the link on the homepage – please invite friends and family to complete it too. www.synod2020.co.uk