[Saint Laurence]

St. Laurence’s Roman Catholic Church

Diocese of East Anglia

Parish Priest:
Fr. Simon Blakesley
(Tel: 07946 390060)

91 Milton Road, Cambridge CB4 1XB
Tel/Fax: 01223 704640
Email: office@saintlaurence.org.uk
Office opening times: 10am−1.30pm Monday to Friday

Rev. Geoffrey Cook
(Tel: 01223 351650)

Synod 2023

The worldwide church is embarking on a two-year process culminating in a follow up Synod in 2023.

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The Synodal Pathway − Parish Discussions

Our parish Synod discussions started on Saturday 22nd January, and continue over the course of the following six weeks. The weekly meetings are planned for:

Saturday10.45am − 12noon (after the Coffee Hub)Parish Hall, and on Zoom as well (hybrid)
Monday7.30 − 8.45pmZoom
Wednesday1pm (after Mass)Parish Hall
Thursday10am (after Mass)Parish Hall

The Zoom details for Saturday and Monday is the same: Meeting ID: 910 3737 8839 / Passcode: 704640

Pope Francis has asked for this worldwide listening exercise to prepare for a Synod of Bishops in Rome in 2023. We have been invited to gather as a parish in small group meetings to discuss some key questions with each other. The responses will go forward to the Synod in Rome and will also be used in our own diocese and parish, as part of a pastoral plan of renewal.

Pope Francis has chosen three words as the theme of the Synod: Communion, Participation, Mission and the diocese has put together ten questions to help us explore these words and this theme.

We invite you to join us as much as you can. We will use two of the 10 questions to set the ball rolling every week, but each time there will be space to explore whatever those present want to explore. The weekly plan is as follows:

WeekTopic / Question
1How welcoming is our parish? How well do we communicate?
2How well does the Church’s liturgy inspire deeper encounter with the risen Lord? How well do we hand on the Faith?
3How well do we understand and participate in the mission of the Church? How well do we work as a team in our parish?
4How well do we engage with the wider world? How good is our relationship with other Christian traditions?
5How open are we to the will of God and the guidance of the Holy Spirit?
6Reflecting on listening to one another and our concerns. How can we become a listening Church more fully?

Please consider others who might not know about these gatherings and encourage them to join us, or to use another way to engage and be heard.

The theme of listening is integral to the synodal discussions, so please join in − so we can share and listen to each other as we are walking together as the people of God. More details will be updated on this page as we go on.