Parish synthesis from the parish of the Most High Priest of Jesus Christ in Murowana Goślina (PDF version below)
Synthesis from the synodal meetings of the parish of the Most High Priest of Jesus Christ in Murowana Goślina held in February 2022.
Four meetings were held in groups: youth, parish council and economic council, people from 25-60 years of age and with people over 60. Each group ranged from 10-15 people. They are believers who participate in the Church’s liturgy. Each group was given questions for synodal reflection. After praying to the Holy Spirit, listening to a passage from the Gospel and a moment of silence, those willing to speak up answered the questions that were most relevant to them. They were listened to with understanding and respect for their position, on the topics they raised.
1. our parish, the Church – what makes us happy and what makes us sad
Parish – enjoys Adoration and homilies showing the way – parish revival – living water giving strength and peace. The development of the cult of saints. The responsibility of parishioners for the parish church. Our strength is people who are very active and spiritually mature. If someone wants to enter into dialogue he has the opportunity to do so. It is saddening to see a much smaller number of people in church, loosened ties to the community caused in large part by the pandemic. Involved in communities still the same people, closed groups (after formation). Church – The Church in Poland is heading for a reduction in the number of believers and departure, especially of young people. A church that doesn’t open up, doesn’t invite – people come to do things. In the statements of many hierarchs one can hear “falsification of reality,” succumbing to media influence, aligning with politics. Lack of willingness to listen. Lack of clear responses by the Church to the evil acts/statements of Church members. Imposing unbearable burdens. Young people are leaving the church because everything is too complicated, overwhelming. The most important is the letter of the law, and the language is incomprehensible to them. 2. Listening to
In our parish, the priests are open to conversation, we feel listened to. However, many people do not want to speak out, do not want to be in the Church. Those who are not in church, we can hear during pastoral visits (caroling) – 70% are received, and 20% of parishioners go to church; on the occasion of meetings with parents of children preparing for First Communion and Confirmation, and meetings to prepare for the sacrament of marriage. Participants in the meetings agreed that everything must be immersed in prayer and the Eucharist; such an encounter with the Lord is the “fuel” to be able to go out and listen to people. The need for open hearts
In which God dwells, not closed to outsiders, outside the Church, the Community.
We need to open ourselves up to meet the HUMAN – BROTHER. Jesus comes to those on the periphery, the wounded. With our lives we are to show Jesus and lead them to Him. The need for authenticity and consistency FAMILY – HOME – WORK – COMMUNITY!
We long for a dialogue, an encounter, a relationship. Fruitful dialogue is listening and relating to the other person. Built community of dialogue by lay people. The laity by force; most believe they can change the Church. The big hope is that the synod will allow voices like ours to be heard, although there have been voices that don’t believe the synod will make a difference. The question remains whether the hierarchy will descend to the level of life? We seek the greater good, and we are not afraid to talk about difficult issues. Holy Spirit. He calls for love, for openness, for tenderness. Change begins with dialogue so let’s fight for spaces to conduct it. There is quite a lot of dialogue in our parish – after Mass, in private places, at meetings in community groups.
4. the main conclusions of the meetings
Eucharist and daily adoration are important, homilies showing the way. Reading the signs of the times and listening to the voice of the Holy Spirit. The development of the cult of the Saints. Learn to listen to each other, talk, dialogue. To serve the other person. Build on what unites us. Converting myself then others; I am a witness to Jesus and bear witness with my life. Going out to non-believers, seeing the man first – brother. We support and choose such media that form us, it is good that there are Catholic media. Believers have expectations of the Church’s hierarchy for a transparent and more radical approach to any abuse. The Church should be free from any political influence.