THANK YOU for choosing to be part of this global synodal journey.  Whether you are responding by yourself or as part of a group, we appreciate hearing from you.

Before you respond to the Synod questions, please refer to the Darwin Diocese Synod Booklet. This will help you understand the background for this Synod, as well as the suggested process for reflecting and responding.

The Synod poses one fundamental question, followed by ten themes which highlight important aspects of our ‘lived synodality’.  In responding to these questions, it is helpful to remember that “journeying together” occurs in two deeply interconnected ways.  First, we journey together with one another as the People of God. Next, we journey together as the People of God with the entire human family. These two perspectives enrich one another and are helpful for our common discernment towards deeper communion and more fruitful mission.

Your response can cover all the themes, just one theme or a selection of them.  The questions accompanying each of the following ten themes can be used as a starting point or helpful guideline as you reflect on the fundamental question.  Your response to the theme should not be limited by the questions.

The submission can consider points like:

  • Is there a common thread in what was shared? Is there something missing that you had expected would be said?
  • Have you received any particular insight or revelation? What is it?
  • Where did you experience a sense of harmony with others as you shared with one another?
  • What are the feelings of the group? Is there consensus or disagreement?
  • What is the way forward?

Responses close on Tuesday the 05th of April 2022

Thank you for your participation!

While the following questions are not mandatory, they would provide us with helpful information.  Please tick what is applicable to you:

  • - Select Your Parish -
  • Darwin - St. Mary’s Cathedral
  • Alice Springs – Our Lady of the Sacred Heart
  • Alyangula – Church of St. Barnabas & St. Paul
  • Casuarina-Holy Spirit Church
  • Casuarina-St. Martin De Porres Catholic Aboriginal Community
  • Daly River (Nauiyu) – St. Francis Xavier Church
  • Humpty Doo – St. Francis of Assisi Church
  • Jabiru – St. Peter’s Church
  • Karama – Holy Family Church
  • Katherine – St. Joseph’s Church
  • Nhulunbuy – Sacred Heart Church
  • Nightcliff – St. Paul’s Churc
  • Palmerston – Our Lady Help of Christians
  • Pirlangimpi (Melville Island) – Our Lady of Victories
  • Santa Teresa (Ltyentye Apurte) – St. Therese’s Church
  • Tennant Creek – Christ the King Church
  • Wadeye (Port Keats) – Our Lady of the Sacred Heart
  • Wurrumiyanga (Bathurst Island) – St. Therese’s Church
  • St Martin De Porres Catholic Aboriginal Community
  • Robertson Barracks – Lone Pine Chapel
Name of the group
How Many in your group are in the age group
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18-30
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30-50
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50-65
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Over 65
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How would you describe your involvement in the Church?
Age Group
How would you describe your involvement in the Church?

Communication

COMPANIONS ON THE JOURNEY
Jesus wants us to walk together, side by side in God’s Creation.

What and who enables us to share in the integration of our life and faith journey in families and the communities in which we live, work and pray?

OUR LISTENING
Listening (to God’s Creation) is the first step – it requires an open mind and heart, without prejudice.

What and who is being listened to in our families and the communities in which we live, work, and pray?

OUR SPEAKING OUT
Everyone is invited to speak boldly and courageously in the freedom, truth, and love of Christ.

What and who enables our voice to be heard about what matters to us as baptised Catholics?

OUR CELEBRATION
For Catholics, ‘togetherness’ is based on gathering to explore the Gospels (Word) and to break bread (Eucharist).

What and who enables us to explore and experience meaningful celebrations of the Word of God and Eucharist in our daily lives?
How can we better journey together in listening, speaking out and celebrating?

Participation

SHARING AUTHORITY AND RESPONSIBILITY
Our Church is all about participation and shared responsibility.

Who identifies the goals for our church community and how to achieve them?

How is our church community balanced in terms of teamwork, responsibility, and participation opportunities for all?

OUR DISCERNMENT AND DECISION-MAKING
Our aim is to make decisions by discerning what the Holy Spirit is saying through our whole community.

What methods or processes do we as catholic communities use to discern decisions?

Do you feel included in the decision-making process? How can we ensure all levels of the church are included?

BEING FORMED TO JOURNEY TOGETHER
All of us need to be open to change and receive ongoing learning and formation to be Synodal.

If the goal is for our community to be ‘walking together’ what formation/learning could be offered?

What practices/processes could we implement to enact change and wider discernment?
How can we better participate in the life of the Church?

Mission

OUR COMMON MISSION
Walking together enables us all to accept our mission to share the Good News.

How do we as Church members walk together and spread the Good News of Jesus Christ?

What stops us from being active in the mission?

OUR CONVERSATIONS
Genuine conversation requires perseverance and patience and leads to understanding.

Good dialogue leads to collaboration – how, and how well, do we collaborate as Catholics in our local community?

In what ways could we dialogue and collaborate better with all people in society (e.g.in politics, economics, culture, civil society, and those who are poor or disadvantaged?)

WALKING TOGETHER WITH OTHER CHRISTIANS/ECUMENISM
The dialogue between Christians of different confessions, united by one baptism, has a special place in the synodal journey.

What relationships does our Church community have with members of other Christian traditions and denominations?

How can we take the next step in walking forward with other Christian traditions and denominations?
How can we better journey together in a shared Mission?

While online responses are preferred, you may wish to email or handwrite a response. Download the pdf version of the Synod Reflection Response by clicking here or get a copy from your Parish Office and either email it to: synod@darwin.catholic.org.au or hand it into your Parish Office or Church.