Diocese of Tarnów
Diocesan Synthesis (PDF version below):
Synod of Bishops (2021-2023) and the 5th Synod of the Diocese of Tarnów
The Diocesan Consultation for the Synod of Bishops (2021-2023), by decision of the Bishop of Tarnów, has been incorporated into the ongoing Fifth Synod of the Diocese of Tarnów. The conclusions developed during the preparatory and main period of the 5th SDT are thus reflected in the following responses to the 10 Vatican issues. In the humility of listening to the Holy Spirit, from the very beginning of the convening of the 5th SDT, the diocesan synodal work was intuitively oriented according to the assumptions and directions that we find expressed today explicite among others in Synod vademecum on synodality, Preparatory Document of the 16th Ordinary General Synod of Bishops and the document of the International Theological Commission Synodality in the life and mission of the Church. As it began its work, the 5th SDT was based on current canon law, the March 19 , 1997 Instruction on Diocesan Synods , the inspiration of Pope Francis in his speech “Synodality” a constitutive dimension of the Church , and other documents and texts developing the idea of synodality . Thus, the inclusion of the diocesan stage of theSynod of Bishops (2021-2023) in the ongoing work of the Fifth SDT is fully justified and represents its crowning achievement and an authentic synthesis not only of the synodal conclusions, but, above all, of all synodal activities showing the beauty of the Church community, which, according to the motto of the Fifth SDT, is to be after Christ. Thus, an integral part of the following synthesis from the consultation of the Synod of Bishops (2021-2023) is to show in this introduction the synodality of the Tarnów Church within the framework of the entire 5th SDT.
On December 14, 2016, the Bishop of Tarnów convened the Fifth Synod of the Diocese of Tarnów, beginning its preparatory period. Bishop Leszek Leszkiewicz, Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Tarnów, was appointed Chairman of the Preparatory Commission. It was a time of intensive diocesan consultations, collecting opinions, voices, suggestions, what the 5th SDT should deal with in detail. The Preparatory Commission divided into Teams prepared the Final Document of the Preparatory Period based on the results of this consultation, which was the starting point for the work of the Synodal Thematic Commissions. In addition, members of the Commission went to all the deaneries in the diocese to prepare the entire diocese for the work of the main period of the 5th SDT through meetings for future synodal teams. Meetings were also held for priests within the deaneries to explain what the Synod is and to present the Synod’s action plan. The preparatory period also saw the development of a prayer of intent for the 5th SDT (longer and shorter versions), a synod hymn, a synod logo, synod bylaws, a website, and social media profiles. It was also a fully synodal period, as the focus was not just on documents, but on developing the principles of synodality. For example, the Team for the Development of the National Health System. At the time, the Family Council developed the idea of cooperation of all communities with the charism of marriage and family, promoting it under the slogan “Family of Communities” m. in. at the Diocesan Festival of the Family in Stary Sacz and issuing information books that went to every family in the diocese during the pastoral visit. In addition, during the synodal period dedicated to the family, a series of broadcasts was aired on radio RDN Małopolska and RDN Nowy Sączpresenting all communities with a family charism operating in the diocese. Through the channels of the diocesan youth TV channel Sinai.tv were also published Advent synod retreats for families, videos about each community for couples and families operating in the diocese, spots showing the idea of synodization and encouraging the completion of synod surveys including surveys directly responding to the consultations of the Synod of Bishops (2021-2023).
Period V of the main SDT, which began on April 21, 2018. from the solemn Inauguration at the Cathedral, is the time of synodal work par excellence. Pope Francis gave his pastoral blessing for the work, thus responding to the request of the Bishop of Tarnów in a telegram to the Holy Father on January 23, 2018:
“With filial devotion, therefore, we wish to ask Your Holiness for the Apostolic Blessing for the duration of the VSynod of the Diocese of Tarnów, assuring unity with Rome and prayers for the ministry of Your Holiness for the good of the Church.” The words of the Apostolic Blessing emphasized the goals of the synodation: “[…] the expected renewal will deepen the bonds of unity between the pastors of the diocese and the priests and faithful, strengthen families, activate parish life and spread the work of evangelization. May it confirm everyone in the spirit of faith, awaken the desire to strive for holiness and revive the awareness of belonging to the universal Church and communion with the Successor of St. Peter.”
The main period of the 5th SDT has been divided by the Bishop of Tarnów into three main stages, during which consultations and discussions on family, parish and evangelization have been and are being undertaken. In order to show the essence of synodism, i.e., starting all discussion, consultation, listening to each other by listening first to the Holy Spirit, a monthly celebration of Synodal Sundays was started on each last Sunday of the month, during which the homily preached develops the monthly synodal theme. A monthly series of articles in the Tarnów Sunday Visitor was also conceived to explain the topic. Also providing an introduction to the depth of the synodation was a synod retreat for priests with Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle at the HigherSeminary in Tarnow. Demonstrating what the Synod is, the Forum of Catholic Movements and Associations, held in Tarnow, was also dedicated to this topic.
During the main period, the various Synodal Commissions began their work, along with a broad group of consultants appointed by the individual Commission chairmen. At least one Parish Synodal Team has been formed in each parish, with a broad representation of the entire parish. From the very beginning, the premise of the PZS was the idearepresentative of the entire parish community. In this way, the PZS is supposed to “bring” the opinions, suggestions and proposals of the entire parish to monthly meetings, undertake discussion on them and, after the meeting, provide information on the developed conclusions. In addition, these applications are officially collected by the PZS secretary and sent to the decanal relator, who prepares the decanal synthesis. The deanery relator then sends it to the Synod Secretariat, which compiles the diocesan synthesis and sends it to the VSDT Central Commission. PZS responds monthly to consultation questions (mini-surveys) that are sent by individual Synodal Committees working on the issues. This way of working provides the following benefits:involves the entire diocese in the work of the Synod, provides a “feedback loop” between the work of the Synodal Commissions and the reality of parochial life in the diocese, fully expresses the idea of the Synod. In addition, for PZS members, each monthly meeting is a formation toward a deeper understanding of the Church and related issues, which is very evident in the testimonies of PZS members from the synod.
During the synodal process, a multitude of meetings were held and are still being held for various groups, movements and associations. In addition to the cyclical Plenary Sessions, meetings of the Main Commission and Synodal Commissions of the 5th SDT, meetings of the PZS, of which there have been many thousands within the diocese over the years, synodal meetings have been held for the following groups, among others: Priests’ Council, Diocesan Pastoral Council, priests at priestly congregations, family life counselors, Catholic Action, Association of Catholic Families, organists, catechists, consecrated persons, senior citizens, Pastoral Care of the Deaf, decanal teachers’ chaplains, journalists, seminarians, decanal religious visitators, decanal marriage and family ministers, deans, vice-deans, participants in the Youth Forum, participants in the 11th Formation Forum, Association of Fathers in Defense of Children and Family Integrity, extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion., decanal synodal relators, those responsible for parish family counseling centers, the Domestic Church.
V SDT in statistics until May 31, 2022.
- Synodal meetings (all PZS and all others): ca. 19000
- People directly involved in the Synod (PZS and other bodies): ca. 11000
- Preparatory Commission meetings: 11 Main Commission Meetings: 43 Synodal Sundays: 51
- Individual PZS meetings (number of months): 40
- Number of sets of consultation questions for PZS/miniankiet: 40
- Number of individual applications: 472
- Number of Synodal Commissions: 14 (including the Main Commission)
- Synodal Commissions Meetings: Bylaws of the 5th SDT commit to meetings every 2 months
Direct reference to 10 Vatican issues
Answers to this question were generally based on Church teaching and referred to the provisions of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. There were also more descriptive answers. For example, that “the community of the Church is all baptized people. No one, according to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, is rejected. Therefore, there is a need to listen to the voice of people-practitioners, rejects, migrants, etc.” and emphasizing that today in the Church there is a need to open up more strongly to the seekers. There were also references to the very questions sent to the dioceses. In the synthesis prepared by the Congregation of the Servite Sisters of the Virgin Mary Immaculately Conceived, we find the words that “the content proposed by the Synod of Bishops focuses very strongly on relationships in the horizontal dimension, while, in our opinion, there is too little reference to Christ, who is the Head of the Church.” It is worth noting that the 5th SDT strongly emphasizes the fact that Christ is at the center of the Church community, in line with the Synod’s goal of shaping the Tarnów Church “after the example of Christ.” As we read in the description of the V SDT logo posted on its website, “in the center of the Logo is the Christogram, one of the oldest signs identifying the person of Jesus Christ. It is a composite of two Greek letters Χ (Chi) and Ρ(Ro), which is an abbreviation of the word Χριστóς (Christós) – Christ. The central positioning of the Christogram reflects the truth that Christ is the unchanging model for the Church.”
Responses about the level of mutual listening often alluded to difficulties related to general mechanisms that impede interpersonal dialogue. The fruits of listening to each other were also emphasized. Many responses strongly emphasized that truly listening to ourselves in the Church begins with listening to what the Holy Spirit is saying to us. Here are some sample answers: “Each of us has our own vision of the ideal, most often tailored to our own and current needs at the time. In the parish, an effective role in engaging in dialogue is played by the Parish Pastoral Council through close cooperation with the parish pastor”, “there is no lack of listening space”, “it does not seem that anyone can be unheard”, “groups active in the parish do not want to listen to each other, act according to their own rules often isolating themselves from other parishioners”, “modern man does not know how to listen, he does not know how to accept constructive criticism of himself”, “without listening to the voice of the Holy Spirit it is impossible to meet with Jesus and share his desires and feelings. Without an encounter with Jesus, the missionary’s proclamation will become empty and artificial, even if it is clothed in beautiful words,” “unfortunately, one often notices a lack or serious shortcomings in the ability to listen to each other, starting from the smallest community cell of the Church, which is the family, through parishes, dioceses and the whole Church.”
Highlighting the role of listening to the voice of God. The 5th SDT directly addressed this topic during a meeting with all priests within the framework of priestly congregations on 9-11.02.2017. Bishop Leszek Leszkiewicz, as chairman of the Preparatory Commission, then delivered a conference “What is the Holy Spirit saying to the Tarnów Church?”.
In terms of speaking opportunities, the incoming responses saw significant progress from earlier times in the Church in general. This is probably due to many factors, including social and cultural ones. Certainly, there is also a growing awareness of shared responsibility for the Church community. Here are sample responses: “Parishioners know that they have the opportunity to speak out in the Church community, but many of them believe that they do not have the competence or ability to formulate factual conclusions, often explaining their lack of knowledge or fear of criticism”, “everyone has the opportunity to speak out”, “in the Church everyone can speak out on various topics, an example of this is not only the Synod, in which we answer various questions about all areas of Church life, its functioning. We can speak in direct relations and conversations with priests, express ourselves and ask questions on various issues, but also on topics that concern the faith and the functioning of the Church,” “on the example of the Fifth Synod of the Diocese of Tarnów, it can be said that everyone can express themselves and exchange tips on the topic raised. Today there are a lot of opportunities to speak up, such as a personal meeting, email, traditional letter. This applies to the parish as well as the person of the Bishop.”
Already in the preparatory period, the 5th SDT, in addition to many opportunities for community voice, provided the opportunity to individually submit your proposal, comment, request, including anonymously. The address of the Synod Secretariat, which acts as a correspondence box, is in operation. There is also an opportunity to talk by phone and meet with the Synod Secretary and submit your application in person. Individuals also benefited from meeting the Bishop of Tarnow in person and presenting their synodal thoughts.
One notices a growing sense of the sacred among the faithful. This is confirmed by a number of synodal postulates indicating the need for constant concern for the beauty of the liturgy. It emphasized m. in. the need to properly prepare lectors to read the word of God with dignity istaran. The vast majority of voices, however, emphasized the dignified celebration of the liturgy in the parishes of the diocese. For example, it was noted that “in our local community, the liturgy is very carefully prepared. This is especially felt on Sundays, during worlds and celebrations. We greatly appreciate the effort to prepare it and are very moved by its beauty, which helps to experience more deeply the mystery of the Church” and “in our parish we care a lot about the liturgy, many groups join in it. Liturgy is the litmus test of the life of faith.”
During the preparatory period of the Synod, when suggestions were collected on the issues that the Fifth SDT should address, liturgical issues were largely involved. It was the second area in terms of the number of incoming synodal demands.
SHARED RESPONSIBILITY IN OUR COMMON MISSION
Understanding what co-responsibility for the Church is, settles on understanding what the Church is. Reversing the reasoning, it can be said that not understanding what the Church is, often entails not understanding one’s co-responsibility for it. The synod is in its essence an ecclesial event,
“epiphany of the Church,” an opportunity to understand the Church more deeply. It is therefore a great hope that the Synod has contributed to a deeper understanding and love of the Church. This process is reflected in the following sample responses: “The first step of expressing one’s co-responsibility , is the ability to say that this is “my” Church, that I also create it, sharing my abilities, charisms, sharing what we ourselves have been endowed by God” “the plane of action of the Christian is first the family. Love of neighbor is expressed in works of mercy, in active solidarity with those in need. The laity are obliged to care for the common good, to bear witness. A Christian lives in the world and is responsible for it. We express our co-responsibility through prayer, active participation in church life through an attentive and positive view of the world. Through a serious commitment to formation and the daily proclamation of Christ’s message, living in unity with Him, cooperating with others, personal holiness, nurturing relationships with others,caring for the common good,” “a large role in the topic of responsibility for the Church of the laity is played by the Parish Council. Her ideas and cooperation are a great support to Fr. Pastor. It is especially evident in the work related to the Diocesan Synod, where it is important not only to work out issues in a reliable manner, but also to meet the deadlines for meetings.”
In the synthesis prepared by the Congregation of the Servant Sisters of the Blessed Virgin Mary Immaculately Conceived of Tarnow Province (Servant Sisters of St. Mary’s), we also find a statement that prophetically reads the signs of the times and directly alludes to the theme of the second stage of the Synod – the theme of the family. In it we find the following conclusion: “From experience, we can say that an area of special concern becomes the family. It is becoming increasingly common (especially in the cities) for children to have the opportunity to hear about the Lord God, both in schools and in our kindergartens, just from us.”
DIALOGUE IN CHURCH AND SOCIETY
We notice the need for dialogue in every area of our lives. When it is missing, both personal relationships and marriage and family relationships cannot develop to their full potential. Dialogue in the Church community is characterized by similar relationships. Responses to this issue, as with listening, highlighted the human-wide mechanisms that facilitate or hinder dialogue.They noted the glories and shadows of dialogue in the Church, coming to the conclusion – “in order to have a fruitful dialogue in the Church, one must first improve the daily ability to engage in dialogue with others.”
Definitely, in the opinion of those responding to this question, the Synod provided an opportunity for calm, substantive dialogue, as evidenced by m. in. The following statement: “The Fifth Synod of the Diocese of Tarnów – by collecting “grassroots” information and analyzing it, as well as by reaching out to the faithful to dialogue on difficult issues – is an example of doing the right thing in recognizing the signs of the times and making decisions with an eye toward looking ahead from a broad perspective.”
The issue of ecumenism caused the respondents considerable difficulty. Many stressed that they had no experience in this area or that they were unprepared to conduct it. It was also emphasized that despite the lack of experience in ecumenical dialogue resulting from the fact that the main ones were with Catholics, the situation was changed by the war in Ukraine. Helping the Ukrainian families naturally provided an opportunity to meet other Christian denominations and talk about faith, what unites us and what they have shared. Here are sample responses: “if there is an opportunity, we can”, “I do not have the opportunity and experience”, “we have many examples of ecumenical dialogue, especially when there are now many Ukrainians of the Orthodox rite among us”, “ecumenical dialogue should be conducted by people who are very well prepared for this doctrinally and theologically. The others,should support them with their prayers and sincere interest. Ecumenical dialogue is absolutely necessary!”.
POWER AND PARTICIPATION
The issue of authority and participation in the Church is closely linked to the issue of understanding the Church and sharing responsibility for it. The survey responses clearly showed a correlation: if there was a response in the same survey expressing a correct understanding of the Church, then the response regarding authority and participation was also profound and correct. Here are sample statements on this issue: “we can join in the responsibility for the Church by participating in the work of the Fifth Synod of the Diocese of Tarnów. It is already apparent that as a result of the consultations undertaken at the synod meetings, many topics and thoughts have emerged that should be taken up and discussed at the parish level. Many of the topics discussed at these meetings were very important to the parish, and often forgotten or constantly put off “for later”. The synod has helped to remind them of their importance, as well as to mobilize them for action”, “our co-responsibility for the Church is expressed by our faith, sacrifice, prayer, as well as by the ministries we perform”, “our co-responsibility for the Church is expressed in the Christian upbringing of the younger generation”, “the dignified attitudes of priests and the faithful strengthen the sense of community, and thus co-responsibility for the parish. We all felt this especially during the pandemic, when we were not deprived of access to the sacraments, the church doors were always open, which many people took advantage of.”
DISCERNMENT AND DECISION-MAKING
The need to discern the “signs of the times” was expressed at the very beginning of the synodal work, when diocesan consultations were launched to determine the direction of the Synod. This truth is constantly reminded during the synodal prayer, which is vividly present at various meetings in the diocese, in the daily prayer of many religious congregations, during monthly Synodal Sundays, in formation meetings of various communities, in diocesan radio broadcasts and in the individual prayers of the faithful. This prayer constantly reminds us that the Synod is God’s work, to which God has invited us and in this work leads us. Survey responses on discernment and decision-making strongly emphasized this truth. Here are some of them: “As a community, we are constantly learning to recognize the signs of the times. Prayer is helpful in this,” and “a lot of prudence and wisdom is needed in making decisions recognizing the signs of the times.” There was also no shortage of responses that presented specific activities that resulted from such a reading of the signs of the times, such as: “a family pilgrimage along the route of St. Francis of Assisi. The St. James shrine is growing, bringing people together more and more around the historical heritage of our shrine and the tradition of going to shrines.”
FORMATION IN SYNODALITY
Responses to the issue of formation for synodality have become, in a sense, an “apologia of the Synod” showing its value, necessity and legitimacy. The time of the synod, if lived properly, is a “school of ecclesiality” a time of forming in a deeper understanding of the Church, literally forming in synodality. The selected responses show how the timeSynod formed and continues to form the entire diocese, especially the Parish Synodal Teams. Many of them are discovering that the end of the Synod will not be the end of their involvement in the Church, but in fact perhaps the beginning of a deeper and informed participation in the life of the Church. The Parish Activity Study, which began this year, can become a tool for developing this awareness and directing it accordingly. Therefore, it is valuable that so many responses indicated involvement in Parish Pastoral Councils. The renewed face of them, synodally on the “model of Christ,” can give the opportunity for the reception of synodal conclusions and decrees. Selected responses regarding formation in synodality read as follows: “The participation of the laity in the deliberations of the Synod is a clear sign that the laity have the right and even the duty to care for the community of the Church in all its aspects, on an equal footing with the clergy. The clergy (bishop and priests) listening to the voice of the faithful – on important and even less important matters – contribute to enlarging bonds in parishes and the diocese and awakening shared responsibility.”
“The 5th Synod of the Diocese of Tarnów established Parish Synodal Teams, which formed large
A sense of shared responsibility for the local church. This is the best well-organized form of responsibility for the Church. Moreover, there are always more ideas for revitalizing the Church community than completed projects. It would be necessary to introduce the principle, whoever throws up an idea implements it or organizes a group to implement it,” “actively participating in the life of the local Church (synodal meetings). The parish council is an advisory body in the management of the parish”, “it is important to avoid competition between different groups, one association should not be favored at the expense of another, rather, cooperation should be sought among those involved in different movements.”
Tarnow, June 22, 2022.
 Cf. Bishop of Tarnów Andrzej Jeż, Message of the Bishop of Tarnów for Synodal Sunday – October 17
2021, (ed.) Rev. Piotr Cebula, Bulletin of the Fifth Synod of the Diocese of Tarnów, 3(2021), pp. 15n.
 Cf. Bishop Andrzej Jeż of Tarnów, “The Church after the model of Christ.” Pastoral letter of the Bishop of Tarnów announcing the 5th Synod of the Diocese of Tarnów [w:] (ed.) Rev. A. Dudek, Rev. P. Cebula, Bulletin of the Fifth Synod of the Diocese of Tarnów, 1(2017), pp. 5-11.
 Calendar of the preparatory period of the 5th Synod of the Diocese of Tarnów [w:] (ed.) Rev. A. Dudek, Rev. P. Onion
Bulletin of the Fifth Synod of the Diocese of Tarnów, 2(2019), pp. 103.
 Telegram to the Holy Father in connection with the 5th Synod of the Diocese of Tarnów [w:] (ed.) Rev. A. Dudek, Fifth Synod of the Diocese of Tarnów. Inauguration,Tarnów 2018, p. 7.
 Rev. A. Dudek, Preparations for the inauguration of the 5th Synod of the Diocese of Tarnów, Currenda, 2(2018)168, pp. 204.
Diocesan Synthesis (PDF version):
Synod in the Diocese of Tarnów: the end of the synod will not be the end of involvement in the Church
“The Synod has contributed to a deeper understanding and love of the Church,” reads the synthesis prepared by the Diocese of Tarnów. Diocesan consultations within the framework of the Synod of Bishops, by the decision of Tarnów Bishop Andrzej Joz, have been incorporated into the ongoing Fifth Synod of the Diocese of Tarnów. The conclusions reached at the diocesan synod are reflected in the responses to the 10 Vatican questions.
“In order to understand the mission of the Church, one’s participation and co-responsibility in the creation of the Church, one must first understand what the Church is. Understanding the Church, the question of ecclesiality is the foundation for understanding all other questions and the idea of synodality, “says Fr. Piotr Cebula, responsible for preparing the synthesis.
The diocesan synod has already held many meetings for various groups, movements and associations.
The synthesis gives statistics showing that synodal meetings were approx. 19,000. In addition, 11 thousand. people are directly involved in the synod. The number of individual applications is nearly half a thousand.
In the conclusions, the themes of liturgy, lay involvement, and living the faith in marriage and family emerge.
“One notices a growing sense of the sacred among the faithful. This is confirmed by a number of synodal postulates indicating the need for constant concern for the beauty of the liturgy. It emphasized m. in. the need to properly prepare lectors to read the Word of God with dignity and care. The vast majority of votes, however, emphasized the dignified celebration of the liturgy in the parishes of the diocese,” the summary reads.
In addition, they noted the glories and shadows of dialogue in the Church, concluding that “in order to have a fruitful dialogue in the Church, one must first improve the daily ability to engage in dialogue with others.” Definitely, in the opinion of those responding to this question, the synod provided an opportunity for calm, substantive dialogue.
Review photo Photo. Justyna Nowicka
“The time of the synod, if we live it properly, is a school of ecclesiality, a time of formation in a deeper understanding of the Church, literally formation in synodality.
The selected responses show how the time of the synod formed and continues to form the entire diocese, especially the Parish Synodal Teams. Many of them are discovering that the end of the synod will not be the end of their involvement in the Church, but in fact perhaps the beginning of a deeper and informed participation in the life of the Church,” the summary reads.
On December 14, 2016, Bishop Andrzej Jeż of Tarnów convened the Fifth Synod of the Diocese of Tarnów, beginning its preparatory period. It was a time of consultation, gathering opinions on what in detail the 5th SDT should do. The primary period began on April 21, 2018. From the inauguration ceremony at the cathedral.
The diocesan synod has been divided into three major phases devoted to family, parish and evangelization. The results of the committee’s meetings include. synodal documents and instructions. More documents are being written and will go to plenary sessions.
Parish Synodal Teams completed their work in June. Their members met regularly. These are hours of discussions, consultations and proposals. PZS responded monthly to consultation questions sent by the various synodal committees working on the issues. “This way of working involves the whole diocese in the work of the synod, gives a ‘feedback loop’ between the work of the synodal committees and the reality of parish life in the diocese, and expresses fully the idea of synodation,” stresses Fr. Piotr Cebula, secretary of the Fifth Synod of the Diocese of Tarnów.
Synodal Sundays, during which a homily is preached that elaborates on the synodal theme for the month, will continue.
Two more plenary sessions of the diocesan synod are to be held this year.
Summaries of the synodal process in other dioceses, parishes and the perspective of participants in synodal meetings
Dokument ten obejmuje w tej krótkiej syntezie wszystko to, co wypłynęło w czasie spotkań w ramach drogi synodalnej diecezji radomskiej. Do spotkań synodalnych zostały zaproszone wszystkie środowiska kościelne, jak parafie, wspólnoty życia konsekrowanego, ruchy i stowarzyszenia katolickie, specjalistyczne duszpasterstwa, a także grupy nieformalne czy niekoniecznie ściśle konfesyjne. Odbyło się też kilka spotkań ogólniejszych w ramach diecezji, których owoce wymiany myśli również znalazły odzwierciedlenie w niniejszej syntezie.
Etap parafialny i dekanalny Synodu zakończyły się. Dziękujemy wszystkim, którzy wzięli udział w spotkaniach synodalnych oraz tym, którzy udzielili odpowiedzi na pytania synodalne.
Etap parafialny synodu był owocnym czasem słuchania siebie nawzajem i rozeznawania. Przeprowadzone zostały szerokie konsultacje we wspólnotach i grupach parafialnych, w duszpasterskiej radzie parafialnej, w szkołach znajdujących się na terenie parafii przez katechetów, przez ankietę internetową i papierową oraz na trzech otwartych spotkaniach synodalnych w parafii.
Decyzję o udziale w spotkaniach synodalnym podjęliśmy świadomie, zdając sobie sprawę, że jest to okazja do wyrażenia własnych opinii na tematy ważne dla Kościoła. Podczas kolejnych spotkań odkryliśmy w praktyce, że ich struktura (modlitwa do Ducha Świętego, lektura Pisma Świętego, życzliwe wsłuchiwanie się w wypowiedzi innych i wskazywanie, co szczególnie poruszyło nas w tym, co słyszymy) prowadzi do wartościowych wniosków niekiedy całkiem odmiennych od założeń, z którymi docieraliśmy na spotkania synodalne. Dla nas to dowód na działanie Ducha Świętego i głęboką wartość spotkań synodalnych.
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.