In April 2022, 75 parishioners took part in the Synodal process at St Michael’s.
The questions explored what are the Joys, Sorrows, Fears and Hopes in our experience of Church today.
The feedback suggests that the faithful love and care for their Church and value their faith community, treasuring their shared faith experience and personal relationship with God and the positive role of the Church especially in the area of social care and justice.
They are deeply concerned about the Church’s future and see the need for change as being critical to its survival in Ireland. While Pope Francis is seen as a beacon for change, overall, people are concerned about the leadership of the Church and question its commitment to change and collaboration with the laity. Many are afraid that real change may come too late.
Deep upset was expressed at the loss of the youth and the lack of inclusion of marginal groups such as LGBTQ and the divorced in the Church. Legalism and rules are seen as predominating over love.
People see the equal role of women in Church ministry and administration as being essential to its change and growth – even to its survival, and would like priests to be given the option to marry.
Overall, the feedback suggests that the faith community are clear about what changes they understand are needed and would lead the hierarchy into the future if allowed and if heard.
See the final report of St Michael’s on the file below:
As the earth turns away from the sun and enters the season of darkness, a darkness which is necessary for the bulbs and seeds to ready themselves for the burst of growth in Spring, so do we enter the time of waiting that is Advent. We pray that we may use this time as wisely as the earth does, preparing our hearts and spirits for the celebration of the wonder of Emmanuel – Christ with us.
As we gaze on the Advent Wreath the evergreen is a sign of hope and the circle a sign of God’s never ending love for us. May the light that shines forth from the wreath brighten our way as we journey towards Christmas.
WEEK ONE – THE CANDLE OF HOPE – PURPLE
God of Hope,
We thank you for the hope that is in our hearts today as we look towards Christ’s birth. It is hope that has sustained us during the challenging times of this past year.
We pray that hope may remain strong within each of us and among our families and community in the coming winter season. Amen
WEEK TWO – THE CANDLE OF PEACE – PURPLE
God of Peace,
May your Holy Spirit of peace come upon each of us – in a new way. So that amid the busyness and chaos of our lives nothing may unduly trouble or disturb us.
May our hearts remain hopeful and our minds tranquil because they are centred in You. Amen.
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Go raibh mile maith agat.
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Fr. Louis McDermott, O.M.I., Co-P.P.
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