Let’s walk together…

Catholics across Australia are invited to participate in a period of local consultation for the next international Synod of Bishops, which has the theme: "For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation and Mission".

Pope Francis invites the entire Church to reflect on this theme that is decisive for the Church’s life and mission:

"It is precisely this path of synodality (walking together) which God expects of the Church of the third millennium. Synodality starts with hearing from the whole People of God. A Church that teaches must be firstly a Church that listens."

This journey, which follows in the wake of the Church’s "renewal" proposed by the Second Vatican Council, is both a gift and a task: by journeying together and reflecting together on the journey that has been made, the Church will be able to learn through her experience which processes can help her to live communion, to achieve participation, to open herself to mission."

"This is what we are called to: unity, communion, and the fraternity born of the realisation that all of us are embraced by the one love of God. The Synod offers us the opportunity to become a listening Church and a Church of closeness." (Pope Francis)

Bishop Greg invites you to participate

In October Pope Francis announced a Synod on Synodality for 2023. He reaffirmed the Way of the Church is to walk alongside one another as Jesus has shown us in the Gospels by: Encounter; Listening; Discerning our way together. We have already begun to walk the synodal way across the Diocese of Sale. We have been doing this through the Diocesan Assembly of 2019, the consultation and engagement for the Plenary Council, and at so many local levels.

I want to invite you to be part of this journey toward the Synod of 2023. The Vatican Council II understood the Church as the pilgrim People of God. Pope Francis now calls the whole Church, all of us, to walk together. It is an adventure. It is exciting. It will not be without its expectations and fears, clarity and confusion. It will require of us deep trust in the presence of the Holy Spirit who Jesus promised would lead us to the Truth.

Our approach is not to be a burden. You will find resources to guide you here.

As we emerge out of COVID, could this synodal journey be a way for us to welcome, gather and listen to one another?

May we walk together with one another!

Introducing
the Synod

..this path of synodality which God expects of the Church of the third millennium..

"What would you say to Pope Francis about the church worldwide if you had the chance to talk to him?"

Timeline for Diocesan Consultation

10 October 2021
Pope Francis launches the Synod 2021-2023 journey
17 October 2021
The Synod 2021-2023 journey is launched in every Catholic Diocese
November 2021 – February 2022
Diocesan consultation phase – let’s have a conversation with others with your responses submitted online.
19 February 2022
Diocesan gathering to celebrate the Synod 2021-2023 journey in our Diocese (at St Mary’s Cathedral, Sale)
March 2022
Submitted responses collated by National Centre for Pastoral Research. Diocesan reports sent back to each Diocese.
April 2022
Final report submitted to Australian Catholic Bishops Conference from each Diocese, using responses, together with material taken from the Plenary Council Listening and Dialogue responses.
May – August 2022
The combined reports from around Australia will be synthesised into a report from the Australian Catholic Church and sent to the Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops at the Vatican.

Let’s discuss the big questions together

  • How do Catholics “walk together” as we try to live out the Gospel of Jesus?
  • How might we do it better?

We want to
hear your voice

Conversation Guides

Suggested process for Parishes:

December 2021 – focus on Communion

January 2022 – focus on Participation

February 2022 – focus on Mission

Coffee Conversations

Want an informal, shorter process? Allow 45 minutes for this discussion (recommended for informal conversations within a group of family and friends, youth and young adults)
Coffee Conversations A4
Coffee Conversations Trifold

Coffee Conversations

Want an informal, shorter process? Allow 45 minutes for this discussion (recommended for informal conversations within a group of family and friends, youth and young adults)
Coffee Conversations A4
Coffee Conversations Trifold

Coffee Conversations

Want an informal, shorter process? Allow 45 minutes for this discussion (recommended for informal conversations within a group of family and friends, youth and young adults)
Coffee Conversations A4
Coffee Conversations Trifold