Synod 2021-2023


For a Synodal Church:
Communion | Participation | Mission



Parish Pastoral Council and Synod Committee Retreat, December 2022

At our recent retreat where we discussed synodality and our parish, it was agreed that synodality is not about “doing” but about “being.” Not a “product” but a “process.” What does this mean for us at Canadian Martyrs? Well, amidst these busy days of activity, it means that we stop – just for a moment – and make that choice to become present to one another. It is as simple and as difficult as that.  Read the complete article by Sue-Anne Hess here: Reflections following Parish retreat.

 Synod Report Summaries

Below are the links for the summary reports from the parish, Archdiocese and the CCCB:

Synodality – CMP – Final Report.

Synodal Sythesis – Archdiocese of Ottawa-Cornwall

Synod on Synodality – EN 2022-08-31-3

Epistle Newsletter Special Edition on the Synod

Read the special Synodal edition of our Epistle newsletter by clicking here: Epistle 2022 Synod special issue 

Synod Presentations at Canadian Martyrs

Pope Francis has invited all of us throughout the world to share with him our experience of journeying together as Church and how that experience can be improved. In order to hear more about this and how you can participate, we asked Fr. John Renken and Professor Cathy Clifford to tell us more.

Youtube videos of our 2022 Synod presentations can be found on our YouTube Channel or at the individual links below.

Jan. 14, 2022 by Fr. John Renken:

Jan. 19, 2022 by Prof. Cathy Clifford:

Jan. 28, 2022 by Fr. John Renken:

Feb. 2, 2022 by Prof. Cathy Clifford:

Archdiocese of Ottawa-Cornwall  Synod webpage

You may find the information on the Archdiocese’s website helpful: May the Holy Spirit cover us and guide us as we journey together in our Archdiocese.

Synodal Prayer

Adsumus Sancte Spiritus

We stand before you, Holy Spirit, as we gather together in your name. With you alone to guide us, make yourself at home in our hearts; teach us the way we must go and how we are to pursue it. We are weak and sinful; do not let us promote disorder. Do not let ignorance lead us down the wrong path nor partiality influence our actions. Let us find in you our unity so that we may journey together to eternal life and not stray from the way of truth and what is right. All this we ask of you, who are at work in every place and time, in the communion of the Father and the Son, forever and ever. Amen.

Article by Joe Gunn in the Oblate Spirit Newsletter, p. 28, What could a “Synodal Church” look like?

 Find stories, commentaries, and experiences of the Synod process from all over the world here. As we walk together, we learn from each other.