Synod 2021 – 2023

This page has information about our Parish's work for the synod.

A synod is not just a survey of opinions of the faithful, leading to a report some time down the line. Nor is it a parliament or representative body, as in other denominations. It is a journeying together, not an event, and all are invited to participate through prayer, discussion and above all, listening to one another, for the entire time of the synod. This is best done in meetings, in groups of perhaps 6, led by a facilitator. Everyone will have the chance to speak for 2 minutes, about issues relevant to the synod, and there will be no discussion or argument. The focus as asked of us by Pope Francis is to listen to each other. Every point made was noted down, these notes went forward to be collated into our Parish response to the synod.

As Fr David Mills said during Sunday Mass on 13th February - as a result of our synod, there will be action in the Parish. We already have plans for more catechesis for parishioners, details about this and other initiatives will be made known through the newsletter, this website and our App.

Our Parish Report

This report has been submitted to the Diocese, and contains a summary of all that was said during the over 20 Synod meetings that were held in the Parish, and also the posts made by parishioners using our on line form.

The fruits of this synod will be seen if we take action locally, in addition to actions that the diocese and eventually the continent of Europe and then he universal Church - where all of these reports will travel and be considered.

The synod is not over! We have work to begin here, immediately. The first thing to do is to read the report. This is because the aim of the synod is to listen to each other. You will almost certainly not have been to every one of those 20 meetings - so will not have heard first hand what your fellow parishioners have been saying. This is an opportunity for you to do that.

Synod 2021 to 2023 Report of St Gregory The Great Cheltenham

Adsumus Prayer

Every session of the Second Vatican Council began with the prayer Adsumus Sancte Spiritus, the first word of the Latin original meaning, “We stand before You, Holy Spirit,” which has been historically used at Councils, Synods and other Church gatherings for hundreds of years, being attributed to Saint Isidore of Seville (c. 560 - 4 April 636). As we are called to embrace this synodal path of the Synod 2021-2023, this prayer invites the Holy Spirit to operate within us so that we may be a community and a people of grace. For the Synod 2021-2023, we propose to use this simplified version, so that any group or liturgical assembly can pray more easily.

We stand before You, Holy Spirit,
as we gather together in Your name.

With You alone to guide us,
make Yourself at home in our hearts;

Teach us the way we must go
and how we are to pursue it.

We are weak and sinful;
do not let us promote disorder.
Do not let ignorance lead us down the wrong path nor partiality influence our actions.

Let us find in You our unity
so that we may journey together to eternal life and not stray from the way of truth
and what is right.

All this we ask of You,
who are at work in every place and time,
in the communion of the Father and the Son, forever and ever. Amen.