The Diocesan Synodal Pathway was launched on 17th October by the Archbishop, Dermot Farrell. This part of the synodal process will take place from Oct 2021 to April 2022. Every parish is invited to appoint two people who will drive the process forward in their parish. The appointed people will be trained for this role.
The information below is copied from the diocesan website and sets the context for the work of preparing for the diocesan synod.
You can find more information on the diocesan website; www.dublindiocese.ie/synod
Click here for a copy of the synod prayer.
In his homily of the 3rd June 2021 the Archbishop reminded us of the context we find ourselves in as we are invited to embark upon a synodal pathway. This context is one of an ever-changing Church in an ever-changing world.
“The Church centred around the monasteries of early medieval Ireland was replaced by the diocesan Church. When one studies the history of the Church in Ireland, there are five discernible historical phases:
The Gaelic and Monastic Church
The Anglo-Norman Church
The Reformation and Penal Church
The Post-Emancipation Church.
The Church in Contemporary Ireland
In each of these historical phases there was a beginning, a flourishing and a decline. In the words of Qoheleth: “there is a season for everything under heaven” (Eccles 3:1). God is the Lord of history. Christ was humble before history. We are foolish and vain if we think we are the lords of history. Such vanity—and its oftentimes dreadful consequences—belongs to the despots and tetrarchs of yesterday and today who dominate and oppress their people.
What remains constant in the midst of all the change?
Four things that are essential:
The community without which there is no Church; our Christian faith is rooted in our humanity: the Word became flesh and dwells among us. This is at the heart of our faith.
The living Tradition—made life-giving in the Spirit and actualized in the Scriptures. The risen Lord continues to speak to us through the Sacred Scriptures and in the words and witness of those who seek him with a pure heart (see Gaudium et Spes 1).
The Breaking of Bread—the summit and source of the very life of the Church and of the faithful
Prayer—the lifeblood of the Church’s life, where the Father’s closeness and care, and the fullness of His will are revealed.