We are overjoyed that the relics of St Bernadette will be in the Archdiocese during their visit to the UK and that they will be coming to the Shrine in Hednesford. Details are still being finalised but I expect the timetable at Hednesford to be as below:
Saturday October 8th.In Church
Sunday October 9th.In the Grotto
The Synodal Pathway - becoming a listening Church The Synodal Pathway is a massive consultation initiative being undertaken by Pope Francis. Every catholic in the world is invited to give an input on the whole of the life of the Church to an international Synod of Bishops in 2023. Our Archbishop also intends to implement his Diocesan Vision in the light of the responses and feedback which you give. How can we respond?
There is a handbook which can be accessed through the diocesan website - https://www.birminghamdiocese.org.uk/thesynod-2021-2023#handbook The handbook emphasises the importance of many different voices being heard, everyone being given a chance to speak, and the importance of listening to one another and making a record of all the contributions after three large meetings.
Many people remain understandably anxious about a series of large group meetings and so we have decided to have one joint parishes meeting with Cannock Parish in St Mary’s on Tuesday 15th February at 7 pm when these questions will be discussed. The meeting will be broadcast live on facebook.com/cannockcatholic/live and mcnmedia.tv/camera/st-mary-st-thomas-more and available to watch later. Those watching on facebook will be able to leave comments.
Before the meeting, you are invited to look at the Handbook. The key pages are 13 to 17, and in particular page 15 and page 17. Think carefully about the questions on page 15. Copies are available at the back of church and will also be shared on WhatsApp and the email list.
Please then make your comments at the meeting or send them to Fr. Jeremy or directly to the Archdiocese at firstname.lastname@example.org