Archdiocese of Wroclaw
Synod is a beautiful and good experience
A presynodal meeting was held in the building of the Metropolitan Theological Seminary in Wroclaw. It was attended by laity and clergy, representatives of the deaneries, selected during the decanal meetings.
Presynodal meeting in the archdiocese of Wroclaw
The meeting was held in accordance with the wishes of Holy Father Francis as expressed in the Synod’s Vademecum on Synodality. It began with a joint prayer before the Blessed Sacrament in the seminary chapel. – The Holy Father is asking us to come together as part of the synod of the diocese to share and support what the Holy Spirit has given us so far: this awareness, sensitivity, reflection, all that has happened in our parishes, deaneries, communities,” said in his word of welcome Fr. Adam Luźniak, Vicar General of the Metropolitan of Wroclaw, and Chairman of the Synod Secretariat. – We already have the experience that when we meet, when we share, suddenly we see more broadly, suddenly we see that the Church is really Catholic, very capacious, and that in this Church there are not only those who are present in this chapel, but there are also people who think completely differently. Yet there is a place in the Church for them. The Holy Father asks that when we meet, we first express our hopes, our joy, see each other, stay together, build community with God the Father through Christ in the Holy Spirit, but also with each other,” said Fr. Luzniak. He encouraged people to look at themselves as those who are involved in the synod in their parishes, but without feeling that everyone is doing something insignificant in their own backyard. – What we do in our personal lives matters to the Church. Even more so if we do it for the parish, for the deanery, for the diocese. And in such a climate we meet, as workers in the Lord’s vineyard. The Lord has put us in a certain place, and this wisdom and light that he has given us during the synodal work we want to share today. This is the primary reason why we are here. This happens in the current of joy, concern, hope, all that touched us at the synod, with which we come from its first stage,” said Fr. Luzniak.
After the prayer, the participants of the meeting began to work in groups, sharing their experiences – what is good, difficult, important, and what they discovered in the parish, community and archdiocese during the synodal meetings. They considered what helps us and what hinders us from “going together,” what from the synod experience should be preserved for the parish, the community, the archdiocese.
Archbishop Joseph Kupny was present at the next part of the meeting. Representatives of the various groups in the presence of the archdiocesan shepherd shared their insights discerned as a call of the Holy Spirit. Among the many needs of the Church, they emphasized the need to take care of young people; to pray for priests; to look for ways to reach people who are outside the Church; and to build relationships and unity between the laity and priests. They noted the lack of basic religious knowledge among the people and the need for evangelization and catechization, with which also comes professionalism in the Church’s outward actions. They stressed the importance of lay witness in the Church and, in particular, the need for dialogue and listening.
The parish renewal program was discussed by Fr. Joseph Meler from the parish of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary from Lubsza and Fr. Pawel Cembrowicz, pastor of the Wroclaw Cathedral parish.
In his concluding word, Archbishop Jozef Kupny addressed the problems and demands presented with fatherly concern and referred to the parish renewal program. He noted that the program is a response to the desire carried in his heart to improve the functioning of the parish. The Metropolitan of Wroclaw also asked for prayers for priests. – I am very encouraged that the fruit of this synod will be the development of the Margaret Mary Apostolate. This apostolate is developing beautifully throughout the country. It is said that only the brave can choose to pray daily for a priest’s intentions, which lasts until his death. But this prayer carries, gives strength, power, we need it very much. Therefore, it would be good to take it up. It’s not about some hasty decision-making, but sometimes parishes make such a gift that they give a Margaret as a thank you. These few people publicly declare their prayers. I value nothing more than prayer,” the archbishop shared, and asked that one of the fruits of the synod be prayer for priests. He thanked those involved in the synod of the Wroclaw archdiocese. – I can see how you care about the Wroclaw Church. I also promise my prayers for your intentions. Don’t lose spirit! We are waiting for the sending of the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit is also the Comforter Spirit. We have difficult issues, but remember that the Holy Spirit comes to comfort us as well, to pour love into our hearts. And this is what I wholeheartedly wish everyone,” concluded the shepherd of the Church of Wroclaw.
Summaries of the synodal process in other dioceses, parishes and the perspective of participants in synodal meetings
Uroczyste otwarcie synodu miało miejsce 17 października 2021 roku w Bazylice Archikatedralnej w Gnieźnie. Mszy Świętej przewodniczył i homilię wygłosił abp Wojciech Polak, Metropolita Gnieźnieński, Prymas Polski. W inauguracji uczestniczyli przedstawiciele rad duszpasterskich z dekanatów archidiecezji. Po Mszy Świętej odbyło się w Prymasowskim
Wyższym Seminarium Duchownym w Gnieźnie pierwsze spotkanie synodalne. Jego celem było zapoznanie z ideą synodu oraz z poszczególnymi etapami jego przebiegu, w szczególności ze sposobem przeprowadzenia etapu diecezjalnego w Archidiecezji. Kolejnym spotkaniem synodalnym było posiedzenie Archidiecezjalnej Rady Duszpasterskiej Archidiecezji Gnieźnieńskiej. Odbyło się 22 października 2021 roku w Gnieźnie. Archidiecezjalna Rada Duszpasterska stanowiła diecezjalny zespół synodalny.
Synod jest potrzebnym głosem w Kościele, ale jest to głos doradczy. Jego celem nie jest ustalanie większością głosów nowych zasad wiary czy zmiana zasad moralnych. Dla mnie spotkania synodalne były okazją do ciekawych rozmów o Kościele, do słuchania opinii innych osób. Dały mi możliwość lepszego zrozumienia omawianych tematów.
O synodzie pierwszy raz usłyszałem w październiku ubiegłego roku i już wtedy, nie do końca świadomy o co w nim jeszcze chodzi, wziąłem udział w spotkaniach synodalnych organizowanych w ramach spotkań liderów grup ruchu Mężczyźni św. Józefa. Niedługo potem, zostałem poproszony o organizację takich spotkań przez ks. Proboszcza własnej parafii. Organizacja spotkań wymusiła głębsze poznanie tematu i odkrycie tego, jak bardzo rozpoczęty synod jest potrzebny Kościołowi.