The Diocesan Synodal Pathway for the Dublin Archdiocese was launched in the Pro Cathedral on 17 October 2021 by Archbishop Dermot Farrell. A representative from all the parishes in the Archdiocese had been invited to attend. Under the Pathway process, a global initiative of Pope Francis, two Synodal Gatherings were to be held in each parish of the Diocese in March 2022. These Gatherings were an opportunity for people to share and listen to each other’s experience of Church, in an organised, gentle and prayerful environment. The basis of the lived synodality which the Holy Father envisages, is that of the Church as the pilgrim People of God journeying together.
Arrangements were made to hold the Gatherings for Corpus Christi Parish on 8th and 15th March in Na Fianna Club, Mobhi Road. These were announced at weekend Masses on 26/27 February and invitations were handed out at the Church exits. Both Gatherings were quite well attended. At the outset, the background and context of the Synod were explained, two pre set questions were presented each evening and people sat in small groups to share on each question and listen to each other.
Each small group had a leader who helped everyone to have the opportunity to share and collect the feedback from the group. The participants engaged fully with the process and appeared to enjoy the discussions.
The feedback will now be sorted into similar themes. These will form the basis for a Report to the Diocesan Synodal Committee which will be incorporated into the Dublin Diocese overall report for the Synod and will eventually be passed onto Church leaders in time for the 2023 Synod in Rome. The feedback will also be used by the Parish Team and Parish Pastoral Council to help in pastoral planning. Along with the other groups in our Parish Groupings, we are hoping to prepare a summary of the main themes to emerge from the Gatherings. A copy of the feedback will be made available to the people of the Parish.
We wish to thank all those who attended the Gatherings and all who helped out.