Thank you to everyone who has participated in our local listening journey and either joined in discussions in parish or other groups or contributed individually. Every contribution will contribute to our Diocesan synthesis. The synthesis will be finalised after our Pre-Synodal events on 26 February and 12 March.

In order to finish collating and organising the feedback we have received we will be closing the online survey options on 18 February 2022. If anyone wishes to contribute feedback after that date, they are welcome to do so but should please email it directly to .

Synodal Newsletter 2022

Diocese of Plymouth – Walking Together

The Diocese have been receiving lots of feedback from parish groups on the Synodal journey but would love to hear more from those who may not be able to or wish to participate in a group. There is a short online survey which can be completed anonymously https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/9MVCQ7M. Please share this link with family and friends.

If you want to keep in touch with the Synodal Journey,  newsletter updates can be found on our website https://www.plymouth-diocese.org.uk/walking-together-the-process/

Synodal Newsletter

ADVENT – WEEK 4 Synod Resources (4)

Walking Together – Our Synodal Journey – Theme Four

This week our Walking Together journey has a focus on Dream.

“In his freedom, the Holy Spirit knows no borders, nor does He allow Himself to be limited by memberships. If the parish is home to all in the neighbourhood, not an exclusive club, I recommend: leave the doors and windows open…Allow all to enter….” Pope Francis

We are invited to reflect this week on what is Gods dream for us and our Parish? How might our parish ‘walk better together’? We are also asked to consider, in the light of the last 18 months living with Covid and your reflections on the four themes, what are we most looking for from the Church/Diocese moving forward?

If you are not able to attend a parish listening event, you can find all the materials and guidance about how to send through your thoughts and views on the Diocesan website https://www.plymouth-diocese.org.uk/key-documents/parish-resources/

If you have any questions you can email

ADVENT – WEEK 3 Synod Resources (3)

Walking Together – Our Synodal Journey – Theme 3 – Celebrate

This week our Walking Together journey has a focus on Celebrate.

“The Synod offers us the opportunity to become a listening Church, to break out of our routine and pause from our pastoral concerns in order to stop and listen.” Pope Francis

We are invited to reflect this week on how we celebrate the presence of God in His Word and in the Sacraments. How does our parish support a full Catholic life and Mission – evangelization, catechesis, formation, liturgy and social action?

ADVENT – WEEK 2 Synod Resources (2)

Walking Together – Our Synodal Journey  – Theme 2 – Mission

This week our Walking Together journey has a focus on Mission.

“There is so much richness in our diocese which we need to be open to encountering and receiving, such diversity but all united together in the power of the Spirit of the Risen Jesus.” Bishop Mark O’Toole

We are invited to reflect this week on what is our mission and the mission of our parish and the global church. What impact is our local parish making in the area? Do we make a difference?

If you are not able to attend a parish listening event, you can find all the materials and guidance about how to send through your thoughts and views on the Diocesan website https://www.plymouth-diocese.org.uk/key-documents/parish-resources/

If you have any questions you can email

ADVENT – WEEK 1 Synod Resources (1)

Walking Together – Our Synodal Journey – Theme 1 – Listen

This week we start our Walking Together with a focus on listening.

“The Synod offers us the opportunity to become a Church of closeness, that does not stand aloof from life, but immerses herself in today’s problems and needs, bandaging wounds and healing broken hearts with the balm of God.” Pope Francis

We are invited to reflect this week on how we listen to God and how we listen to each other. We are asked to consider what our faith has meant to us over the last 18 months living with COVID.

If you are not able to attend a parish listening event, you can find all the materials and guidance about how to send through your thoughts and views on the Diocesan website https://www.plymouth-diocese.org.uk/key-documents/parish-resources/ If you have any questions you can email

For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, Mission

MESSAGE FROM BISHOP MARK O’TOOLE

A two-year ‘synodal’ process is taking place in the Catholic Church from October 2021 that culminates in the final Synod Gathering of Bishops in Rome in October 2023. The overall theme is “For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, Mission”. Pope Francis will open the Synodal Journey in Rome on 10th October. We will be launching our diocesan phase on Sunday, 17th October with Mass in our Cathedral. This will be followed a week or so later with an online gathering to introduce the Synodal journey.

The first phase of the Synodal Process is a time of listening in local churches. We propose that this phase takes place in parishes during the Season of Advent. The aim is to foster as broad a consultation as possible, reaching out to integrate the voice of the poor and the excluded, and not only engaging those who have some role or responsibility within the local parish. Our Diocese has already started its Synodal journey through some discussions and submissions made through ‘A Precious Place of God’s Grace’ and we will build on what has been shared so far.

Each parish will have scope to adapt the listening phase to local circumstances and guidance and resources will be provided. The process will culminate in a Diocesan pre-synodal meeting in February/March 2022.

We hope that everyone will take part in this opportunity to have a say in our future Mission.

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