Summary of the Synod's progress in the dioceses

A parish synthesis from the parish of St. Peter. The first of the three is the St. Anthony of Padua Church in Przeźmierowo (PDF version below)

Synod

SYNODAL SYNTHESIS – ADULTS

Part I
Dream church

A Church that will compete with the various associations, sects that are currently imposing their activities, because everything they propose is within the teachings of the Church: love of neighbor, appreciation of each of us, for God loves everyone and has endowed everyone with dignity
A church that does not challenge the doctrines of faith
in which parish groups are led by laymen but the priest is present – it is important and necessary for him to watch over theological truth and unity with the church.

A church that defends freedom of conscience and does not decide for the faithful, for example. “everyone in masks” or “we vaccinate” or “communion on the hand.” A church that is not closed, that celebrates the Eucharist even outside, if there are restrictions.
One in which the modern faithful can defend the Church and the Catholic faith, fend off accusations. In which apologetics will be given more consideration.

A church where the faithful walk together, where there is unity and good role models
Who remembers the Polish priests and forges the history of the nation, who will lead the nation into new times in a trusting entrustment to Jesus and Mary

A church that is strong, free, independent of the world and secular power, where the Pope does not close churches and deprive the faithful of the Eucharist, free choice on vaccines
The Church holding to tradition, Christocentric, gathering around the Eucharist,

The Church standing in the truth, which clearly calls sin sin and evil evil

Part II
Answers
on topic 1
Walking together

We go together with believers, with family, together to church, appreciation of the value of the Eucharist – bearing witness to the faith, including in daily life (concern for the salvation of loved ones); together with members of various pastoral groups.
we walk together in one faith – not in many faiths and beliefs

The difficulty of going along with someone who disagrees with me in the basic values that are most important to me, not to close myself off to those who think differently, but it is a difficulty
the difficulty of being friends with someone who undermines my values

in our relationship with non-believers, we want to adopt the attitude of the apostles, actively encourage them to know Jesus, with pride, peace and mercy

With Orthodox and Protestant brethren go in dialogue full of love
To go together in the parish it is important to obey Fr. Pastor

Concerns:
be careful that going with non-believers / other-thinking people does not weaken my faith, so as not to introduce looseness in the church, as in the West

there is a clear rift among priests in the world – Criticism of Father St. St. Francis exacerbates the schism, sets a bad example – the average Christian with a weak faith walks away

lack of young people in the Church – pay attention to the catechesis of children, choose good catechists – teachers of faith and educators, revise the religious education curriculum, teach children more about prayer and love of God, without rigid rules as in the teaching of other subjects

Lack of Christians living in non-sacramental unions, quite few middle-aged Catholics

Will our voices be heard? Why were the laity invited to the synod? Very important topics addressed – the need for theological knowledge. The fear that changes in the Church have already been planned, that the church hierarchy wants to shift responsibility to the laity, and that once the changes are made, they will justify their decisions by the will of the people
Concern about the appearance of synodality and openness of the Church

fear of the world religion of transhumanism, Klaus Kraut’s ideology that permeates the Western European world and the Western Church

Postulates:
to go more together: joint retreats and meetings – mutual enrichment and exchange of experiences
present Christian values as general human values
greater integration of parishioners, contact between parishioners, desire to be known by the priest and other parishioners, need for closeness and appreciation
The need to develop and revitalize the gr. of pastoral care, to use the talents in them

plus – many pastoral groups and their openness gives the opportunity to join
The need to organize prayer of worship

subject the Church’s activities to better public – relations, present better the proposals the Church offers us
take more care of the beauty of the liturgy, the tradition of the church is important but also new songs; make the church sing taking into account the need to vary the tempo and mood of individual songs to show the joy in the church

give daily witness, not be ashamed of prayer; admit to Christ, present the gifts God has given us in the Church

respond to the opinion of the Church, see not only evil and sin, but also the good that the Church gives to the modern world; evil should be accounted for and punished

invite people standing on the sidelines into communities
The desire for pastors to be the guides of their parishioners, to more categorically resolve disputes over differences in living the faith, such as how to receive Holy Communion. so that there is no animosity among those who are already in the Church, so that they do not allow the authority of the Pope to be undermined

The need for courageous and righteous pastors, defending the traditions of the Church,
For the hierarchy to be responsible for the faithful
The need to follow the shepherd, not lead them
The desire to rebuild the authority of the Church – the Church must walk in truth, not in lies and chaos

Answers
in topic 2 Listening

The need to distinguish between listening as listening to someone and listening as being obedient

As Catholics – the duty to listen (also in the sense of obedience) to the Holy Father, bishops, priests and spiritual guides

important for the Church Hierarchy to stand firm in the deposit of faith

Concern: widespread access to information, crowding, causes, confusion
Need to learn to choose what is worth listening to, necessary deepening of religious knowledge of Catholics – catechesis, formation in pastoral groups of different spirituality

There are no excluded people in the Catholic K. Everyone can participate in the life of the Church
Fear of introducing confusion in the Church by those who have the intention to harm
the faithful have a need to be heard and to find space to speak, to introduce new things – the lack of it causes them to leave for other parishes where they find it

demands
That priests listen more to the faithful, know what they live, what problems they have, when they do not listen, they say sermons detached from reality, do not reach the people
needed face-to-face contact, openness with parishioners

Introduce good habits: the priest comes out after Mass to the people, greets them, talks to them, has time for them. Sunday should be a holiday in the parish. Invitation to a “tea party,” e.g., every Sunday a different parish group, a different street of the parish. Maybe “year-round caroling” – one day a week the priest goes to the parishioners – by invitation, whoever wants invites. Priests are afraid to go door-to-door because it may be misperceived – the sins of the church have compounded this

lack of space in the church to exchange ideas, to talk when there are doubts. To talk about current pains, problems. On pastoral proposals, ideas for organizing the life of the parish

Priests are too busy. A priest to be a pastor must have time for a parishioner. It is not good that priests teach in schools – they are burdened, busy. Often unprepared for this. The seminar pulls young people away from the world. Often, after a few months in the seminary, boys already acquire priestly “manners”, i.e. stiffness, detachment, artificial spirituality. This is not good. Formation in the seminary should go hand in hand with formation among the people, in parish groups, pilgrimages, away retreats.

Seminars should provide an opportunity to search for one’s own predispositions, to get to know one’s own personality. Not everyone is suited to teach in a school. Experience shows that catechesis in schools does no good. Catechesis in school is an example of being too open to everyone – this results in a dilution of spirituality, quality is lost.

Catechesis should return to the parish. Those who want to, those who care, would go. It is also difficult to demand that the same priest will lead a children’s group, youth group or adult group well. It’s normal for everyone to prove themselves in something different.

Responses to Topic 4 Celebrating

BLASPS
Attention to the details of the liturgy in our parish
Altar servers are aware of the importance of their functions, lectors well prepared
The beauty of the liturgy, in which many groups are involved at the same time

SHADES
The faithful do not know what happens at Mass, what they participate in, lack of adult formation
In addition to the liturgical service, a small number of people are involved in undertaking liturgical functions

Lack of an elaborate way to involve more people in undertaking functions

when you undertake a function a lot of attention is paid to making sure it is done correctly, and this takes the focus out of it
Pandemonium’s downplaying of the importance of Eucharistic attendance – more habitual online attendance
smaller number of believers in the church and the lack of a current vision for increasing the number of believers, fear that some of the believers will leave

noticeable lack of altar boys
No visitation of the sick by extraordinary ministers with Holy Communion (halted by the pandemic)
Concern about the unity and numerical strength of the Church
Church’s lack of counterbalance to the influence of external media factors
bad patterns presented by some priests

Lack of discipline among some of the clergy

HOPE FOR THE FUTURE
The liturgy is experienced uniquely when the entire given pastoral group is involved in fulfilling the function of the
postulates:

raise awareness that the Eucharist is most important

improve knowledge of liturgical songs
Introduce a moment of silence after Communion.
Say the prayer to the Holy Spirit together before the Mass begins. – ask for focus and a good experience of the Mass
Allocating part of the sermon to discuss the stages of the Mass
Hope for the future in prayer and the work of the Holy Spirit

Return of extraordinary ministers to visit the sick
Stewards’ participation in the formation of altar servers

SYNODAL SYNTHESIS-YOUTH

Participant characteristics:
1. youth oasis 9 people, ages 13-25
2. young people preparing to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation, age 14-15, 40 people

In each space, we enter the majority vote – determined by consensus, without voting, and add a minority report (sometimes it can be a clearly different vote of even one person).

Dream church

– dream that a miracle would happen in the Church, that something would change
– A church that focuses on God
– A church in which one loves one’s neighbor – so that it is a natural reflex of the people who belong to it
– In which people are smiling, happy, joyful
– In which lost people will find help and receive salvation
– In which people go to Mass not out of habit
– in which there is unity
– A church that focuses on experiencing the sacraments, that emphasizes the importance of the Eucharist, that takes care of the setting of the Mass, gives it time, uses commentaries, incense and other divine gifts that promote concentration and understanding of the Mass, and other sacraments

Hopes related to the Church

-Youth-friendly masses, with musical settings that take youth into account, less monotonous
– The desire for a real encounter with the living Jesus
– Church helps to survive difficult times, gives encouragement in times of decline
– hope that there will be openness to everyone, friendly atmosphere
– The generation hole can be patched by encouraging young people to join adult groups, such as rosaries. It can be done nicely, show the advantages of such a prayer
– moving Catechesis back to the Church, or doing away with it altogether, or if it’s already going to be in school, making it a required subject!
– Focus on youth and adult formation

Concerns related to
with the Church

Regarding Principals:
-People need evangelism and witness more than catechesis in sermons
-People need a relationship with a pastor
-Priests are burned out by routine and monotony
-Priests could also benefit from psychologists
-Not every priest is suitable for school work-maybe better left to catechists?
-Priests have obvious educational deficiencies when it comes to pastoral care, they often don’t know what they’re getting into, and they resent people who expect them to be shepherds, to support groups and individuals.
-Priests often show insufficient respect for the liturgy- e.g. They dismiss it quickly, in a robotic voice, waving the Body of Christ or corporal. This makes them kill faith in people, and sow mischief.
-Priests don’t put their hearts into confession, they tap it out
-Maybe it would be a good idea to send the seminarians to a normal job for a year first, because they are completely disconnected from reality as priests.

Regarding pastoral care:
-Pastoral care is a problem for those who work shifts – they can’t often attend daily Mass or regularly attend some kind of meeting. In such a case, apart from the Rosary Roses, it is hard to have any pastoral care
-Groups are airtight
-Priests don’t call out to groups, they don’t call out to ministries. They could.
-New groups, e.g., formed by new residents, are often organized spontaneously, and thus quickly perish because they are not well thought out.

Other:
-The overgrowth of national traditions hinders Ecumenism.
-We’ve had enough of CATOCULT- deifying the Mother of God as one who is divine because she was born that way, spamming John Paul II, and idle talk disconnected from reality
-The behavior of adults demotivates young people to go to church
-on the issue of Covid 19- Covid does not justify what happened in the pastoral ministry. For many, he may have simply been an excuse. The purges thus made may be painful, but they are necessary and good.

SYNODAL SYNTHESIS – CHILDREN

Ten children from the parish, ages 7-10

Dream church

– A church where we can see the miracles
– Church where priests are brave
– The church, where there is singing and Uncle Priest

Hopes related to the Church

– we learn from Jesus
– we talk to Jesus
– sense of security
– The desire to explore the world and overcome all difficulties with Jesus
– The desire to share important moments with Jesus
– A sense of the meaning of one’s participation in the group at the parish
– Awareness of the need for the Church to use the sacraments to be saved
– interesting catechesis

A parish synthesis from the parish of St. Peter. St. Anthony of Padua in Przeźmierowo - PDF version