Synod 2020


The period of Synod "Listening" is now complete and the response from parishes, Pastoral Areas, schools, groups, movements, and organisations within the diocese has been incredible.

There's an article in the August Edition of The Catholic Pictorial giving an overview of how far-reaching the listening was and the next steps in our Synod 2020 Journey. The numbers are striking: On June 30th the on-line Synod Survey closed. Up to that date 1,300 people had filled in the Synod questions online. As well as this the specific youth survey has added another 570 responses. On July 16th the parish listening sheets were to be sent to the Synod Office: A cautious estimate is that over 20,000 people have taken part.

You can find the Listening Report here

The Listening Period may be over but the listening and discerning will continue throughout our Synod 2020 journey.


To help us prepare prayerfully for the Synod, the Synod Team have issued a series of Reflections for each of the Sundays of May, based on the Sunday Gospel. Here is the Reflection for today, the Third Sunday of Easter.

Scripture Reading:

Open your Bible (or take your Mass Sheet home with you after Mass today) and sometime during the week slowly read again the Sunday Gospel about The Breakfast on the Shore (John 21:1-12)

Pope Francis writes in The Joy of the Gospel: 

"Everyone needs to be touched by the comfort and attraction of God's saving love, which is mysteriously at work in each person above and beyond their faults and failings." [para 44].


Jesus met these fishermen coming home from work and cooked their breakfast, and they recognised him - an ordinary everyday situation changed by an encounter with the Risen Lord. At the heart of our Synod is the truth that God speaks to us in the ordinary events and situations of our lives, if only we take the time to stop and listen.

Reflection Question:

This first Synod Question invites us to recognise God's presence in the day-to-day events of our lives:
Where in your everyday life do you experience love, truth, goodness, hope and joy?


Light a candle and take a moment's silence before praying:
Risen Jesus, just as you met the first disciples beside the Sea of Galilee, meet us on the shore of our lives.
Help us to see you in the encounters we have each day and enable us to draw strength from your presence.
You who are Lord for ever and ever. Amen.