|A Very Warm Welcome to the Parish of Magheralin
St. Patrick's & St. Ronan's, St. Colman's Kilwarlin,
Belfast Road Magheralin Bottier Road Moira.
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or telephone 02892 617435. Attended Office Hours 10.30 am - 1.00 pm on Wednesdays.
Update on the Dromore Diocesan Synodal Process 2022 as of 6th January 2022.
The Dromore Diocesan Synodal Process, 2022
Report on recent developments
Dromore Diocese Synodal Core Group has been meeting since late Summer, to plan
for the Diocese’s approach to the Universal Synod on Synodality. The
Group held three orientation evenings - 2 Virtual and 1 in Banbridge Parish
Centre - with Parish Representatives across the Parishes during week commencing
29 November 2021.
average there were about 15 people from across each pastoral area at each
session, plus four Core Group members who facilitated the Zoom Room/Table
discussion. Attendees were tasked to go forth within their own communities
to harvest information through a number of ways, e.g. in-person and online
meetings, the distribution of questionnaires, and the use of parish social
media sites and websites.
are six questions which Dromore Diocese are asking and the responses from these
questions will form a 10-page Dromore Diocese Response. The results from
Dromore will feed into a national report which will be submitted to Rome for
discussion at the Universal Synod. This handout presents the information
circulated by the Group, along with the questions, to stimulate discussion
within the parishes.
closing date for Parish responses is St Patrick’s Day, 2022.
can find more information on the newly launched Dromore Synodal Pathway website,
dromoresynodalpathway.org. You can contact email@example.com with any queries or through the Diocesan Office.
What is Synod?
From the Greek for
synod is an event where participants engage respectfully, listen deeply
and discern with the help of the Holy Spirit.
is a process, a way of being, in which the above characteristics become
part of the day-to-day life of the Church.
Ø It means a way of being
Church that involves journeying together, with the help of the Holy Spirit.
A Synodal Church is characterised by:
Communion - living
Participation - where
everyone plays an active role
Mission - bringing
the Gospel, through Word and Deed, to the world
Participating in three synodal processes
Pope Francis has been urging the Church to set out on a journey of
discernment to discover where the Holy Spirit is leading us to spread the
Gospel amidst the challenges of life in the 21st century. We find
ourselves at the start of three interweaving synodal processes which provide us
with opportunities to grow in discernment and to come together in shared
mission – a universal process, a national process and a diocesan process.
The universal Synod
– “For a Synodal Church: communion, participation, mission”
Launched in October 2021, Pope Francis invited Catholics throughout the
world to come with him on a journey of discernment as we explore what it means
to be a synodal church. Involving every parish in every diocese, we are invited
to reflect on the questions for the Universal Synod. Sharing the responses,
each diocese will contribute to a national document which will considered within
each continent, and eventually shape the discussions of the next Synod of
Bishops in October 2023.
This process will offer us an opportunity to enter into a synodal process
of discernment on what it means to be a listening church; We will be focusing
on how to enable participation and on developing the art of listening to each
other. We seek to grow in synodality, and thus prepare for our national
The national Synod
In March 2021, the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference announced a new
Synodal pathway for the Catholic Church in Ireland. It is hoped that this
process will become provide us with a renewed focus on solidarity with the
poor, the ‘excluded’ and those ‘on the peripheries’ (to use Pope Francis’
favourite phrase) who yearn for Good News. In short, we consider what God is
asking of the Church in Ireland at this time. May this time become a new
Pentecost of evangelical outreach on our island.
We will use the preparation for the universal synod to begin our own
period of listening to what the Spirit is saying to the Church in an Ireland
faced with rapid transformation
Here in the Diocese of Dromore over the next few months, we
will be joining the worldwide synodal consultation, seeking to understand how
well we are "journeying together", and how we might, in our parishes
and diocese, "journey better together". This initial phase will lead
to further opportunities for you to participate at diocesan and national
We will use the first two processes to join with
our brothers and sisters throughout the world, but we will also wish to seize
the opportunity to listen to the Spirit speaking to us about our local Church,
the diocese of Dromore. How can we better live the gospel in communion, build
our communities through participation and so become an outward-looking, missionary
church in this area?
Questions for the Universal Synod
Ideally, responses should arise out of
a shared reflection – at home in the family, with friends and neighbours, as
small groups of parishioners (especially groups involved in apostolic activity
and service). We hope to organise some parish-wide meetings (either in person
or online) should the current pandemic situation permit.
Before commencing, spend time reflecting
on what kind of journey, in Church and in faith, you been on so far. You may
wish to explore some of the following dimensions of your life:
and the Sacraments
Inclusion and Dialogue (who are we walking with and who might be feeling left
out or ignored?)
role of lay people, especially young people and women
and Decision Making in the Church
relations with other Christian denominations and people of other faith
Begin the session by reciting the
Synod Prayer to ask the Holy Spirit for guidance.
Listen to the assuring words of Jesus
to his disciples (John 14:23-26) about the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Spend time on each question. If you
are in a group, allow time for all to contribute and discuss their thoughts
(perhaps 15 minutes) before allocating time for each participant to write down
their response to the question.
All answers should be anonymous so do
not write your name on your sheets. Nominate one member to gather and pass the sheets
to the Parochial Office which will return them to the Synod Core Group.
Alternatively, the group can submit them directly using the email address for
the Core Group ( firstname.lastname@example.org
In what ways is the Church
important to you?
How can the Church welcome and
How can people be listened to
more effectively and encouraged to participate in decision-making within the
How can more people be
encouraged to participate in the life of the Church?
In your experience, how has
the Church motivated you to share the love of Christ and help those in need?
How would you like to see the
future of the Diocese of Dromore?
A large, majestic tree, full of wisdom and light, reaches for the sky. A sign of
deep vitality and hope which expresses the cross of Christ. It carries the
Eucharist, which shines like the sun. The horizontal branches, opened like
hands or wings, suggest, at the same time, the Holy Spirit.
The people of God are not static: they are on
the move, in direct reference to the etymology of the word synod, which means
“walking together”. The people are united by the same common dynamic that this
Tree of Life breathes into them, from which they begin their walk.
These 15 silhouettes sum up our entire
humanity in its diversity of life situations of generations and origins. This aspect
is reinforced by the multiplicity of bright colours which are themselves signs
of joy. There is no hierarchy between these people who are all on the same
footing: young, old, men, women, teenagers, children, lay people, religious,
parents, couples, singles, healthy, disabled; the bishop and the nun are not in
front of them, but among them. Quite naturally, children and then adolescents
open their walk, in reference to these words of Jesus in the Gospel: ” I praise
you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things
from the wise and learned and revealed them to little children”. (Mt 11:25)
horizontal baseline: “For a synodal Church: communion, participation and
mission” runs from left to right in the direction of this march, underlining
and strengthening it, to end with the title “Synod 2021 –2023”, the high point
that synthesizes the whole.
The Synod Prayer
Adsumus, Sancte Spiritus
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 us promote disorder.
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 of
You, who are at work in every place and time,
in the communion of
the Father and the Son, forever and ever. Amen.
Resumption of Public Masses
For those attending the current Covid Restrictions will apply.
As before, please note that due to the restrictions numbers in each church will be limited but during Mass at Magheralin video links to the Prayer Room and our adjacent Parish Hall will enable further people to be accommodated if required.
Parishioners will be guided to appropriate seats by stewards and given advice as required on how to follow the one way system that is in place both for receiving Holy Communion and leaving the church at the end of Mass.
Archbishop Eamon Martin (along with the other Christian church leaders all over this island) has formally recommended and encouraged the use of face coverings at all Masses and other liturgical celebrations, together with the on-going maintenance of the 2 metre physical distancing with immediate effect.
Please remember that you will need to follow the guidelines outlined below during attendance at Mass:-
-Use sanitisers on entry and exit to the church.
-Keep your hands away from your face and try to touch surfaces within the church as little as possible.
-To ensure sufficient social distancing is maintained sit only where directed by the stewards and do not attempt to move seating.
-Follow steward's instructions on when and where to go to receive Holy Communion.
-Please take communion in your hand only.
-Do not attend church if you or someone in your household is unwell or has Covid-19 symptoms.
Please bear in mind that the Sunday and Holy Day obligation to attend Mass is still suspended, and it is advisable that if you are in any of the designated vulnerable categories, are elderly or infirm or have any concerns in this area you should avoid any large gatherings until further notice.
Thank you for your co-operation and thank you to everyone who volunteered as stewards to facilitate the weekend masses.
Opening of Churches for Private Prayer
Please note the following update.
times for individual visits and personal prayer:
from Mon to Sat in both churches: 10:30am-4pm
on Sundays - St. Patrick & St. Ronan’s Church: 1-4pm
on Sundays - St. Colman’s Church: 11am-4pm
Mass Church Radio Broadcasts:
& St. Ronan’s Church Radio Broadcast: Mon & Wed 10am.
Church Radio Broadcast: Tue & Thu 10am.Please note that due to the restricted numbers permitted at Masses as a result of the current covid-19 restrictions, Mass will be live streamed from Magheralin Church at 11.00 am each Sunday. This stream can be accessed from the Parish of Magheralin Facebook page by clicking on or copying or typing the link below into your browser:- https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Religious-Organization/The-Parish-of-Magheralin-991714407531552/
Viewing daily & weekend Masses on Webcams.
To find out where and when weekday and weekend Masses can be viewed on webcams please go to the links page and click on the appropriate parish links. The daily & Sunday Masses in Magheralin Parish can be picked up on the parish radio by those with radio access.
Please note that Baptisms & Weddings can now take place subject to compliance with Covid-19 requirements. Please see contact details on main bulletin page.
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