Synod 2021 - 2023

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Pope Francis invited us all to join in with the Synod which is a 2 year journey with the Holy Spirit guiding us.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Synod listening process led in our Parish by Rachel and Daniel. The thoughts received have been collated into a report that has been sent to the Diocese. You can find a copy of this report on the parish website (see link below). The Synod process continues, and there are many points raised that the Church as a whole will reflect on in the months ahead. At Sacred Heart, the Parish Pastoral Council met last month to discern from your thoughts some areas of focus:

1. Strengthening opportunities for participation
We want to ensure our current activities can be maintained and grow. Ideas we discussed included supporting our current programme of liturgy, enabling parish groups to prosper, identifying opportunities for volunteers, and relaunching Edgeways.

2. Embracing the power of small groups
We want to overcome the challenges of being a large parish by increasing the opportunities for people to form smaller, supportive groups. Ideas we discussed included running Discovery and Sycamore courses, expanding the Travelling Nativity initiative and exploring the idea of neighbourhood events.

3. Striving to be actively inclusive
We want everyone to feel welcome and encouraged in their faith. Ideas we discussed included actively welcoming people at Mass, increasing awareness of parish work and encouraging community outreach initiatives like the Legion of Mary.

Over the coming months, we hope to further discern the actions we can take in each of these areas of focus to grow as a parish in communion, participation, and mission. We encourage people to join us! If you are interested to find out more, please get in touch with Ruth Naylor ( .

  Synod Listening Report (and Parish communications survey results)

Archdiocese of Southwark synthesis (bringing together all parish reports)


Archbishop John's
Pastoral Letter for the Opening of the Synod.