Synod 2021


As we approach our Archdiocesan Synod, taking place online on the 19th of June, Synod Members are currently discerning how they will vote on the recommendations that have emerged.

The process of Listening and Discernment began with us all being asked four questions: (1) Where in your everyday life do you experience love, truth, goodness, hope, and joy? (2) When you reflect on your life now, and as you look to the future, what causes you concern or worry? (3) What is the purpose of the Catholic Church in the world today? (4) Having reflected on these things, what are the topics you would like to see on the agenda of Synod 2020?

This brought in 27,000 responses and four Themes were developed: (1) All are called and gifted by God; (2) Sharing the mission of Jesus; (3) How we pray together; (4) Building community, nurturing belonging.

These four Themes were reflected upon and 120 proposals with 45 affirmations developed. All of this led towards the 19 Recommendations which are to be made to the Synod and will serve as the Synod agenda

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When we set off on our Synod journey with the words "Together on the Road", we never imagined what this year had in store for us! The last few months have been unexpected and they have taught us all that the road has many twists and turn on it and, as the Synod journey continues, God is calling us to listen, often in new and exciting ways. A revised Synod Timetable has been published and Synod 2020 will now take place over the weekend of the 18th, 19th and 20th of June 2021. To help us re-focus our minds on the Synod Themes we will hold a Synod Sunday in the Archdiocese of Liverpool on the 18th of October.

But in the meantime you can find full details of the changes on the Synod website at


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.