Diocese of Shrewsbury

Synod 2023: For a Synodal Church

Questionnaire for St Paul’s parishioners

The parish team has considered a short list of questions for your review -> St Paul’s Parish Poynton Synod Questions. Note that all parishes have decided on their own approach and will have compiled a different list of questions for their parishioners.

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Communion, Participation, Mission

In October 2021 Pope Francis started a two-year synodal process based on mutual listening. The overall theme is “For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, Mission”. This two-year ‘synodal’ process is taking place in the Catholic Church that culminates in the final Synod Gathering of Bishops in Rome in October 2023. For more detailed information, see:

During this consultation process, every member of the Church has the right to speak. It is an invitation for us, in the Catholic Church, to ‘walk together’ by listening to one another.

Pope Francis says “what is under discussion at synodal meetings are not the traditional truths of Christian doctrine. The Synod is concerned mainly with how teaching can be lived and applied in the changing contexts of our time.”

Synod 2023 update, April 2022: The initial “Listening Phase” has come to its conclusion. Printed copies of the documents below will be available in church for those attending Sunday Mass.

  • Parish response: a brief summary of our parish responses received -> Parish Summary – April 2022
  • Diocese response: A team of lay people led by Barbara Davies prepared a synthesis of all the written contributions received from the parishes, organisations and individuals -> Shrewsbury Diocese Synodality Report and Discernment Episcopal Diocesan Listening (2022). More information -> Diocese of Shrewsbury Synod news and in -> Bishop’s letters and homilies.
  • Next steps: All Diocesan discernments will be received by the secretariat of the Bishops Conference of England and Wales by 8th April, in readiness for the plenary assembly of the bishops in Cardiff 2nd – 6th May.
  • Having received each document from the dioceses, along with submissions from national Catholic organisations and other bodies, a National Synthesis Team has started work discerning and drafting the national synthesis for England and Wales that will be sent to the Synod Office in Rome by 15 August 2022 -> National Synthesis Team.

[8 May 22]