The synodal journey begins with the inaugural mass at the Se Cathedral
PANJIM: To celebrate the start of the synodal journey, the inaugural mass was held on Sunday at Se Cathedral in Old Goa.
Mass was celebrated by the Archbishop of Goa and Daman, Filipe Neri Ferrao at 9:30 am. The synodal journey takes place in three phases of consultation: the diocesan level, the continental level and the universal level, before culminating the 16th Ordinary General Assembly of Synods of Bishops in October 2023 in Rome.
In his message, the Archbishop emphasized that walking together in the first millennium was the ordinary way in which the Church acted as the people of God. Vatican Council II helped the Church to rediscover her true nature as a community of believers in which all members shared true equality before the dignity and common activity of all the faithful for the building up of the body of Christ.
The Archbishop said: “It was good to remind us of three biblical images of the Church which highlighted the reality of the Church as a communion: the people of God, the Body of Christ and the temple of the Church. Spirit. The question that arises for us is to know how this journey together takes place today in the daily life of our Church and what steps the Holy Spirit invites us to take in order to truly grow in our journey together.
The Archbishop said: “We need to meet, to listen to each other“ not just with our ears but with our hearts ”and to discover together what God wants to tell us at this particular moment as well as the direction in which he wants. to lead us as a community of disciples of Jesus our Lord.
Mass ended at 11:30 a.m. Bro. Simiao Fernandes thanked all those who contributed to the success of the inaugural Mass. Those who attended the Mass included representatives of priests, nuns, laity, including the elderly, young people, people with disabilities (PwD), migrants and others, symbolizing dignity for all. A brochure concerning the Synod has also been published.
Recall that the Pope presided over a solemn opening of the synod on October 10 in the Vatican. The theme of this synodal journey is “For a Synodal Church – Communion, Participation and Mission”.
Pope Francis suggested that it is time for the Church to know the path she has made since Vatican Council II and to discover from this experience what can help her to live communion, to participate and to open up to the mission that lies before it in the third millennium.