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St. Augustine's R.C. Church



The Holy Father has set in motion a process of worldwide consultation leading to the Synod of Bishops in 2023.
An invitation is extended to 'all of the baptised' to contribute on three principal themes:
Communion, Participation and Mission.
The process begins in the Particular (or Local) Church and then moves to the level of the Bishops’ Conference.
From there, discernment takes place in the Regional Area – for England and Wales, it would be steered by the European Council of Bishops’ Conferences (CCEE) – before moving to the Universal Church with the final Synod Gathering of Bishops in 2023.

Please do contribute your thoughts by filling in the papers attached to the newsletter and returning them to St Augustine's as soon as possible, by 13/14th November at the latest as our delegates (Roger Peacock and Emma MacQuillin) need to collate them by 19th November. Between November 24th to December 10th they will contribute what they have heard locally to the Archbishop. Alternativelly you may submit yor answers online at https://www.rcsouthwark.co.uk/get-involved/synod/online-submissions/, or email synod@rcaos.org.uk, or post them to Synod Submissions, c/o Arcbishop's House, 150 St George's Road, SE1 6HX. The deadline for these is 7th January 2022.

More information can be found at:
https://www.cbcew.org.uk/synodal-church/
https://www.rcsouthwark.co.uk/get-involved/synod/
https://aec.rcaos.org.uk/synod
https://www.synod.va/content/dam/synod/document/common/vademecum/Vademecum-EN-A4.pdf

Please pray for Our Holy Father and the Synodal process in our Archdiocese and worldwide, that the Holy Spirit will draw us more closely together in the truth and send us out as a light to the nations. May God bless you as we begin this journey together, confident that the Lord always works for good through those who love Him.

May the Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of the Apostles and Mother of the Church, intercede for us as we journey together on the path that God sets before us. As in the Upper Room at Pentecost, may her maternal care and intercession accompany us as we build up our communion with one another and carry out our mission in the world. With her, we say together as the People of God: 'Let it be with me according to your word' (Lk 1:38)

The Timetable for Southwark is as follows:
18 October - 19 November: Local listening phase
24 November - 10 Dec - Our delegates and clergy meet online with the Archbishop to contribute what has been learned locally.
7 January 2022 - Deadline for online submissions
January 2022 - Group of clergy, religious and lay people meet to prayerfully distill information into a 'synthetic' document.
February 2022 - Review of above document by participants in the process
March 2022 - Event to mark the conclusion of the diocesan phase.