Summary of the Synod's progress in the dioceses

Synthesis of Synodal work in par. pw. St. John the Baptist

On May 25, 2022, the “Synodal Parish Synthesis” was presented to the participants of the synodal teams of our parish.

Below is the full text of the “Synodal Parish Synthesis”:


PARISH SYNTHESIS

Coordinator: Elżbieta Cybichowska; elcybichowscy@gmail.com

The Roman Catholic Parish of St. Peter’s. St. St. John the Baptist in Owińskach


Part I

Dream church

The church is a community:

– Catholics who are practicing, reliable, abiding by God’s values, strengthened by: prayer, the Word of God, the Sacraments,

– people acting toward each other with love, whose attitude encourages others to be members of the Church,

– benefiting from the rich diversity of its members,

– enabling individual spiritual development,

– feeling the connection during the liturgy, in which whole families participate,

– supporting the needy, families caring for the sick and disabled, single mothers,

– cooperating in mutual respect, without creating distance between the faithful and priests,

– open to those who feel no ties to the Church,

– in which non-sacramental couples who want to abide in the Church do not feel excluded,

– defending the faith.

The laity are eager to get involved in liturgical ministries.

The Church has the opportunity to speak out on natural rights and God’s truths, without criticism for meddling in politics or social affairs.

Among the hierarchs of the Church are authorities of the faith, courageously expressing their voice publicly, being a model and support for the faithful.

Parishioners looking for a specific spiritual formation and not finding it in their parish can use formation in nearby parishes.

Part II

1-Walking together

ADULT GROUP (GD):

The decline in the number of young people going to church is influenced by:

– Lack of Christian upbringing in the family,

– Poor catechesis in schools,

– Lack of reliable knowledge about the Church and God,

– The lack of rational answers to questions about the essence of faith, the existence of God, the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist and his resurrection,

– uncritically accepting the infamous events of Church history and the unworthy behavior of some of the clergy highlighted by the Church’s opponents.

Young people and children:

– Recall important figures of the Church, its contribution to the development of science, education, culture,

– clarify matters concerning the Church,

– explain that life begins from the moment of conception, and that abortion is the murder of the child and is devastating to the mother,

– organize, for example, sports events or learning assistance, and evangelize on occasion, also using virtual tools.

The priests of our parish are open to organizing various forms of evangelization, meetings, cultural events, or other activities that attract not only practicing parishioners, which can also bring non-practicing parishioners closer to the Church.

Relationships between people are also often formed and strengthened at meetings outside the church, such as festivals and pilgrimages; building them requires efforts and often compromises.

Communities, including pastoral groups, should not give a sense of “exclusivity” to their participants, and the impression of a “closed circle” to outsiders.

Participants in ministry groups should not close themselves within the group, but present their functioning and extend individual invitations to newcomers.

The attitude of a Catholic can either encourage the Church or repel it.

Do not “cross out” people who come to church “occasionally” in the hope of converting them.

Often, children after joining the First Communion. Are discharged by parents from religious lessons.

Placing demands on the faithful to practice religion and receive the Sacraments can cause people with weak faith to leave the Church.

Maybe in these times only those who care will remain in the Church, and only those will be evangelized.

There is a lack of cohesion, divisions in the Church, also a crisis, which raises fear and concern; there have also been crises in the past, but resting on the foundation of Christ gave revival, and this is a source of hope.

YOUTH GROUP (GM):

– show the depth and meaning of faith to people who only see the outside of the Church,

– Showing support to people who, through suffering, believe that God does not exist,

– Discussion meetings on various topics,

– A good testimony for people who were forced by their parents to go to church,

– talking about the activities of the parish.

2-Listening
GD:

To listen is to devote time to one’s neighbor; it is not conducive to media, social noise; one must quiet oneself to empathize with the other person.

It is easier to listen to condensed statements rather than those expressed in an excess of words.

GM:

– It bothers us that when people attack the Church, it’s like they’re attacking us,

– It bothers us how people speak unculturally and vulgarly about the Church,

– it costs us a lot to create space with people who don’t go to Church or who attack the Church,

– Very little space to listen and relate,

– should we go out to the people?

3-Taking the floor
GD:

People with Christian values are increasingly alone in expressing their opinions; this often requires courage.

Prayer and the power of the Sacraments strengthens one to be a Catholic who is reliable, kind to neighbors, not imposing his views.

Priests should receive a clear message from their parishioners about their comments; however, fear of learning about opinions that are not always favorable can create resistance to opening up to comments.

The priests of our parish enable dialogue between the faithful and priests.

Inviting the laity to participate in the synod’s work gave hope that their voice would be taken into account in guiding the Church, even in the future.

GM:

– taking away our voice or the voice of non-churchgoers by attacking the other side,

– no speaking space,

– clergy should build a sphere of trust and openness, without criticism or attack,

– create tools to shorten the distance between the clergy and the faithful.

4-Celebration
GD:

For many of the faithful, the “setting” of the liturgy is very important, facilitating the experience of the sacrum.

The undignified celebration of Mass. can discourage participation in the liturgy (an example was given from outside our parish, when the priest repeatedly looked at his watch during Mass).

Parishioners are more likely to get involved in helping, or in ministries in the liturgy, at the individual invitation of priests.

Unify the attitudes of the faithful, such as during the Corpus Christi procession, or serving in the liturgy.

Formation of parents on appropriate behavior of children during liturgy.

It was appreciated that the sermons of the priests of our parish refer to the Word of God and explain its content, rather than being political.

There is little catechesis to deepen one’s knowledge of the Mass in order to participate in it more consciously; maybe Liturgy with commentaries.

5-Shared responsibility in the mission of the Church
GD:

To remind parishioners of the need for material support for Church activities and charitable works; to increase the scope of charitable activities for parishioners. In the church on the bulletin boards, the parish website, provide phone numbers of Catholic aid institutions, or the so-called “Catholic Aid”. “trust” phones.

It is alleged that the Church, in speaking out on abortion, is involved in politics or interfering in society. The right to life (from conception), or the right to religion, are among the basic natural rights. Defense of the life of unborn children, or freedom of Christian conscience, is not politics or unauthorized interference of the Church in society.

Increase assistance to families caring for the disabled, elderly, infirm, sick (Church members should serve each other).

Stimulate people to charitable activities, especially the young, despite their diminishing need for direct human contact, replaced by relationships in the virtual world.

6a-Dialogue in the Church
GD:

The faithful of our parish, wishing to voice their opinion, have this opportunity, among others. In operating communities.

The openness of our parish pastor to various initiatives and proposals is an important factor in strengthening the community life of the parish.

The functioning of a parish relies heavily on the ministry of priests, but it is important that they are supported by the proper involvement of parishioners.

6b-Dialogue in Church and Society

6c-Interreligious dialogue with people who do not identify with any religious community, with non-believers
GD:

Sometimes people who are negative about the Church and the clergy inwardly long for God and the Church. Many times they have distanced themselves through their entanglement in sin and take a masking attitude in the form of aggression against the Church.

People after difficult marriages, entering into subsequent relationships, unable to participate in the full sacraments, feel rejected by the Church and break off contact with it.

These people should be the focus of the Church’s concern.

Of concern is the growing pressure to recognize same-sex unions as marriage and sanction them in the form of statutory provisions, and force the Church to apply such a “law”; opposition to such trends and categorical disagreement with the above has been expressed.

While defending the lives of unborn children, also provide assistance (including psychological assistance) to women after an abortion and those struggling with the intention of having an abortion; also support mothers who choose to give birth and raise a child alone.

In our parish, at the request of a non-believing parent, the cross was removed from the wall of the school’s common room, without protest from the other parents.

Whether the lack of opposition was due to fear of environmental opinion or indifference. How are we rooted in faith?

7-Ecumenism

8-Power and participation
GD:

Many parishioners fail to see the enormity of the parish priest’s responsibilities and the needs of the parish. It is necessary to have clear communication between the faithful and the Parish Priest in expressing the needs of the parish.

The Polish Church is dominated by a model of parish functioning where the parish priest decides on its management. The faithful are not always open to sharing or co-responsibility in decision-making. On the other hand, not all pastors are open to sharing shared stewardship responsibilities with parishioners.

The lack of authority figures, such as. John Paul II, Cardinal Wyszynski.

There are many believers not taking a stand, not speaking out.

In our parish, priests maintain political neutrality, which many of the faithful appreciate.

Perceive the good; focusing solely on “eliminating” the bad can destroy the existing good-it is necessary to be prudent, along the lines of a gardener’s conduct in tending the garden.

9-Discernment and decision-making
GD:

Make the faithful more aware of why they are in the Church and what their role is.

The faithful should listen to what can be done in the church/parish, what can be helped.

10-Forming in synodality
GD:

There is a need to continue meetings in a synodal format.

Number of people in the group:
Participants worked in 5 groups:

– 3 groups of adults-20 parishioners (including 5 married couples) and 1 person from outside the parish-diverse in age, practicing Catholics, involved in parish life; most of the meetings were also attended by the White Hart Fathers, who serve in our parish.

– 2 youth groups (members of the Heart’s youth ministry, aged from the last grades of elementary school, to students) – the moderator was, serving in our parish, Father Wojciech Bartnicki SSCC.

[Source:
https://owinska.pl/aktualnosci/synod-o-synodalnosci-synteza-parafialna/
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