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THE SYNOD 2021 - 2023

"For a Synodal Church, Communion, Participation & Mission"

Prayer for the Synod

We stand before you, Holy Spirit, as we gather together in your name.

With You alone to guide us, make Yourself at home in our hearts; teach us the way we must go and how we are to pursue it.

We are weak and sinful do not let ignorance lead us down the wrong path nor partiality influence our actions.

Let us find in You our unity so that we may journey together to eternal life and not stray from the way of truth and what is right.

All this we ask you, who are at work in every place and time, in the communion of the Father and the Son, forever and ever.


Attributed to S.Isodore of Seville (560-636). It has been traditionally used at councils and Synods for hundreds of years. This version was specifically designed for the Church's Synodal Journey 2021-2023

The Synod on Synodality 2021-2023: Diocesan Consultation:

There will be an area meeting in the parish centre of Immaculate Conception Church, Flint, at 7.00pm on Friday 7th January, for all parishioners who are interested in participating in the Diocesan Consultation, in preparation for the Synod of Bishops in 2023, called by Pope Francis. Bishop Brignall has asked Fr Ian Dalgleish to organise the Wrexham Diocese response to the Synod, and at this meeting Fr Ian will lay out some of the main themes of Synodality, under the official title for the Synod: “For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, and Mission”. Hopefully the meeting will also discuss how each individual parish can then play its part in the diocesan consultation. Please consider coming to this meeting and participating in Pope Francis’s worldwide synodal process. Thank you!


On White Ribbon Day Thursday 25 November, and the 16 days to end violence against women that follow, we are asking people in their communities, organisations and workplaces, to come together, and say ‘no’ to violence against women.

Because of thousands of people like you we are able to get the message out that men’s violence against women and girls must end. And that all men can make a difference. #AllMenCan is our leading message this year. It was developed for us in March when the murder of Sarah Everard brought women’s experience of men’s violence to the forefront of everyone’s minds. It also opened up so many conversations about men taking action and making a stand. As we move towards the end of the year we want as many men as possible to think carefully and make the White Ribbon Promise to never commit, excuse or remain silent about male violence against women.

Year of the family

For the Year of the Family, the Marriage and Family Life Commission would like to encourage all parishes to celebrate the joy of family. In the coming months there will be resources available, and events planned to promote reflection on family life and the domestic church. Parishes are invited to pray a special intercession for families once a month.

We pray in this ‘Year of the Family’ for all the families in our Diocese; that they may live the qualities and virtues of the Holy Family as a joy that fills their hearts and lives.