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Synod 2020

Reflection period on the Synod during the COVID-19 Pandemic

In the light of the changes COVID-19 has brought to our lives, we reflect on the kind of Church God is calling us to be.

During these days of isolation and social distancing we are experiencing different ways of being Church. Our prayer and worship has become transformed as we gather remotely, online, from our own home. Our sense of community is challenged as we find creative and new ways of coming together to meet to socialise, to work, or to check in on each other. As we live through this difficult and different time, with its many struggles and challenges, we invite you to reflect on what our Synod can learn from our experiences.

Please watch and reflect on the film below. Spend some time reflecting on the material and, when you are ready, submit your proposals for action by clicking the link below.

Synod during COVID-19

How is God speaking to us during our present experience? We reflect on the kind of Church God is calling us to be in the light of the changes COVID-19 has br...

As a school, we are dedicated to enabling our children, staff and parents to contribute towards SYNOD 2020 and to have a say in how the Catholic Church moves forward.


Our Synod Prayer


Father, we thank you 

for the love you have shown us
in the gift of Jesus, your Son.
We thank you for the gift of the Church,
through which you show us
that you are always with us
and are always at work in our lives.
As we journey together to Synod 2020
help us to become the Church that you are calling us to be.
May your Holy Spirit be powerfully
at work among us.
Strengthen each of us and guide Francis, our Pope 
and Malcolm, our Archbishop.
Help us to respond
to the challenges of our times in new ways
to bring your love to all our sisters and brothers.
We make this prayer
through Jesus Christ Our Lord.

Message from Archbishop Malcolm McMahon


A Synod for the Archdiocese of Liverpool


Our journey to Synod 2020 began with a year of prayer (as part of our preparations for the Eucharistic Congress and Pilgrimage). We are now beginning the next stage of our journey. This web site will help you to become fully equipped to play your part.

Discussions will take place, which will begin from the fact that we are not only about managing decline, but we are trying to catch a vision that will move us forward towards missionary discipleship, so that we do not simply follow Jesus but we take the Gospel message to others.

Our Diocesan Advent Prayer which we used last year says, ‘Help us to become the Church you are calling us to be’. This is the call of our Synod.

I invite everyone to be part of this adventure: To those who feel far from God and the Church, to all those who are fearful or indifferent, I would like to say this: the Lord, with great respect and love, is also calling you to be a part of his people!

In October 2020 our Archdiocese, priests and people together, will meet to reflect on what we have heard and vote on specific proposals that have arisen from the discussion and sharing in our parishes and pastoral areas. I have decided to work in this way because I believe that the Holy Spirit is at work in the bishops, priests and people of the Archdiocese. So I need each one of you to play your part in our Synod process. Without you we will not hear the call of God guiding us and walking with us on our journey.

Malcolm McMahon OP, Archbishop of Liverpool

Our Synod Themes


On Synod Sunday, 13 October 2019, our Synod Themes were announced around the Archdiocese. These four Themes will be the focus of the next stage of our Synod Journey and the focus of our prayer, reflection, and discernment over the coming months.

Our Synod Themes are:

The next task is to generate the proposals for action within each Theme. These proposals will be taken forward to the Synod Day in October 2020 to be voted on.

Synod Members will be working locally to create opportunities for us all to engage with the Themes, reflect on how they challenge and inspire us, and generate proposals that will help us to become the Church God is calling us to be.

Themes will be considered one-by-one with each having their own specific period of reflection:
  • 20 October - 17 November 2019: All called and gifted by God
  • 17 November - 15 December 2019: Sharing the mission of Jesus
  • 19 January - 16 February 2020: How we pray together
  • 16 February - 15 March 2020: Building community, nurturing belonging