Dublin Diocesan Synodal Pathway
Pope Francis is inviting all Catholics, the baptised and anyone of good faith all across the world to take part in a time of listening and sharing, so that we can better hear the voice of God’s Spirit, to help direct the Church into the future. This is part of a journey that will lead to a meeting of Church Leaders for a Synod in Rome in 2023.
Synodal Resources are available at: www.dublindiocese.ie
In Luke 5:1-11, the Gospel writer creatively combines the preaching of Jesus, a miracle and a call story. Luke invites us to recognise our own attraction to Jesus and the Good News. In the context of the Synodal Pathways — certain expressions jump off the page: the word of God, put out into the deep, do not be afraid
We should not be afraid to put out into the deep, both personally and as a community of faith. We pray to the Holy Spirit, that the Christian community may be full of courage as it gathers together on the Synodal Pathway. Synodal Resources are available at: Synodal Resources | Archdiocese of Dublin (dublindiocese.ie)
Archbishop Dermot Farrell’s reflections at the launch of the Diocesan phase of the Synodal Pathway and further information, are available on the Diocesan website https://dublindiocese.ie. He reminds us that “we are asked to trust the Holy Spirit to lead us together in discerning the changes that are necessary for renewal and reform.” He asks us to prayerfully think about “what part of the Church requires new energy, renewed efforts, some fresh vitality, in order to bring the message of Jesus Christ to the contemporary world?” He poses the question “How do we begin?” and answers “we begin at a local level in the parish by listening to each another.” Stay in touch with the Diocesan website and with the Parish website for more information.
If you would like to learn more about the Dublin Diocesan Synodal Pathway have a look at the online booklet called Simply Synod. You can find it at
Prayer for the Synod: As we embrace this Synodal Process, the prayer invites the Holy Spirit to be at work in us so that we may be a community and a people of grace. For the Synodal Pathway from 2021 to 2023, we will use this prayer.
Prayer for the Synod: Adsumus Sancte Spiritus
We stand before You, Holy Spirit, as we gather together in Your name.
With You alone you guide us, make Yourself at home in our hearts; Teach us the way we must go and how we are to pursue it.
We are weak and sinful, do not let us promote disorder. Do not let ignorance lead us down the wrong path nor partially influence our actions.
Let us find in You our unity so that we may journey together to eternal life and not stray from the way of the truth and what is right.
All this we ask of You, who are at work in every place and time, in the communion of the Father and the Son, forever and ever. Amen.
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