Saint Teresa’s Synod Response

Building on our Synodal Listening sessions we are delighted to announce the start of informal group discussions based on the book by Fr Stephen Wang.

 

What is Sycamore?

Sycamore is an informal course about the Christian faith and its relevance for life today.

The group meets to allow people space to share ideas, explore your beliefs, and think about questions that really matter.

You can find out more from the Sycamore Website.

 

Continuing Our Parish Synodal Conversations

About a year ago, we were engaging with y0u over the “listening” sessions for the World Synod as announced by Pope Francis.

As a Parish, we very much want to build on the heartfelt feedback we received from you in those listening sessions.

Among the points raised, two were repeated over and over again, by many of you:

    1. The need for a safe, respectful forum to ask questions we haven’t previously felt able to ask as Catholics, possibly for fear of showing our ignorance
    2. A means of seeking a better and perhaps deeper understanding of our faith in areas such as parts of the Mass, the Sacraments, being Catholic today, the existence of God, etc.

 

We have identified some support materials to help us with these aims.

“Sycamore: The Catholic Faith Explained” is a comprehensive programme (in book and video format) about the Christian faith and its relevance today. It encourages us to come together to share ideas, to explore our beliefs and think about questions that really matter.

We are very excited to share this with all our parishioners who want to ask questions about Christianity and the Catholic Church and deepen their understanding. We welcome all parishioners!

We plan to run five sessions during Lent and one session after Lent. Here are the details of each session:

Week 1 – Tuesday 20 February at 07:30pm and again on Wednesday 21 February at 10:30am

Topic: Communion

During this weeks session, we will discuss the first two sections of chapter 10 – “The Meaning of Love”, from the Sycamore Book:

Here is the link to the videos for chapter 10.

And we will discuss:

  • “10A – What is love?” and
  • “10B – How to love your neighbour?”

 

Week 2 – Tuesday 27 February at 07:30pm and again on Wednesday 28 February at 10:30am

Topic: Communion

This week we will discuss the last section of chapter 10 – “The Meaning of Love” and the first part of section 3 in Chapter 11 – “The heart of Christianity”, from the Sycamore Book.

Here is the link to the videos for chapter 10 and chapter 11.

And we will discuss:

  • “10C – The love of God” and
  • “11A – The Christian Creed”

 

Week 3 – Tuesday 05 March at 07:30pm and again on Thursday 07 March at 10:30am

Topic: Paticipation

This week we will discuss the first 2 sections of Chapter 13 – “The Community of the Church”,  from the Sycamore Book.

Here is a link to the video for chapter 13.

And we will discuss:

  • “13A – Why do we need the Church” and
  • “13B – The special place of the Catholic Church”

 

Week 4 – Tuesday 12 March at 07:30pm and again on Wednesday 13 March at 10:30am

Topic: Mission

This week we will discuss the last section of Chapter 13 – “The Community of the Church” and the last section of Chapter 16 – “Forgiveness, Confession, Healing and Mission”, from the Sycamore Book.

Here is a link to the videos for chapter 13 and chapter 16.

And we will discuss:

  • “13C – Being Catholic Today” and
  • “16C – Christian mission and the call to share our faith”

Week 5 – Tuesday 19 March at 07:30pm and again on Wednesday 20 March at 10:30am

Topic: Mission?

Based on Chapter 18 – The social teaching of the Catholic Church”, from the Sycamore Book.

Here is a link to the video for chapter 18.

And we will discuss:

  • “18B – Christian teaching about family and society” and
  • “18C – Speaking the Truth and following Conscience”.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

For more information about Sycamore, please contact Father Seán on his email address frsean.healy@northamptondiocese.org or Deacon Brent Adonis via his email address at deaconbrent.adonis@northamptondiocese.org or the parish office on +44 1494 673 018 or email the parish office on parish.stteresabeaconsfield@northamptondiocese.org.