Discernment and consultation with the People of God

Discernment and consultation with the People of God

Oct 15, 2021

Oct 5 Diocesan synodal team orientation and briefing.

Oct 17 a) Launching of the synod on synodality at the Diocesan level. b) A video message from the Bishop on the synod for all.

Oct 19 Briefing on the synod on synodality and the distribution of questionnaires to priests and religious at the CMR (Clergy Monthly Recollection).

Oct 20-22 Orientation and briefing on the synod on synodality and the distribution of questionnaires to parish and ministry leaders at the deanery level.

Oct 24 to Dec 31

a) Discerning, listening, and responding to the questionnaire at the Parish level - PPC, BECs, ministries, apostolates, and special groups.

b) Discerning, listening and responding to the questionnaire at the Diocesan level — ministries, movements, and organisations.

c) Reaching out to the Orang Asli, migrants and other special groups for their response to the Synodal questionnaire.

The Synod of Bishops will take place in 2023, and the process of walking together as People of God begins in Oct 2021. The two Phases of the Synod are:

1. Consultation with the People of God

2. The Discernment at the Synod The process calls us to look within and beyond the Church and to: 

Recall

Recall our experiences: The experiences of our local Church means recalling walking together in its mission.

Review
Review these experiences:
What joys did they bring? What difficulties and obstacles were encountered? What wounds did they reveal? What insights did they drawn out?

Respond
Respond to these experiences: Where in these experiences does the voice of the Holy Spirit resound? What is the Spirit asking of us?

Introduction to the Questionnaire
There are two options in answering the questionnaire:

1. A simpler questionnaire that can be answered by anyone, either as an individual or as a group.

or

2. A more elaborate questionnaire that can be answered by individuals or targeted groups such as PPC, ministries, lay movements, organisations, clergy etc

Prayer for the Synod: Adsumus Sancte Spiritus

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.

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