ACTA is working with Root & Branch and NJPN to support the synodal process. We recognise the good work being done to encourage people to participate in this work, much of it emanating from parishes.
We recognise, too, that there are many who are no longer participating in parish activities, whose voice needs to be heard.
In the Archdiocese of Cardiff the three groups have come together to support an evening when we can discuss such issues.
The event on the evening of Tuesday 8th February  is being run with the support of the Diocesan Synod  Coordinator.
If you reside in the area of the Archdiocese of Cardiff [ S E Wales and Herefordshire] you would be most welcome to join us 
Contact for more information.
Download: What do YOU think of the Catholic Church

A new parish has been established in Nottingham, an amalgamation of three former parishes, and it has the named the Parish of the Holy Family.  In these dark days no joyful day of celebration Sunday is possible, no happy proclamation of the birth of a new configuration of Catholic presence in the northeast of our city.  We can only hope and pray that soon we can all join with the parishioners of the new Holy Family Parish. 

Download: DON COZZENS Remembered
Donald Cozzens
17 May 1939-9 December 2021
Chris McDonnell La Croix December 2021

We heard this week of the passing of the American priest, teacher and writer, Donald Cozzens. His journey came to a conclusion, a few days back, on December 9th. His has been a significant voice in recent years, always faithful to the Church that was his home yet critical of structures that got in the way of mission. He called out clericalism in no uncertain terms, seeking a more honest vision of priesthood that served the pastoral needs of the people.

Synod 2021

Extracts from the Vademecum (handbook for the synod process)  Extracts from the Vademecum


In creating the opportunity for listening and dialogue on the local level through this Synod, Pope Francis is calling the Church to rediscover its deeply synodal nature. This rediscovery of the synodal roots of the Church will involve a process of humbly learning together how God is calling us to be as the Church in the third millennium.

Authentic discernment is made possible where there is time for deep reflection and a spirit of mutual trust, common faith, and a shared purpose.

…this journey together not only unites us more deeply with one another as the People of God, it also sends us out to pursue our mission as a prophetic witness that embraces the entire family of humanity, together with our fellow Christian denominations and other faith traditions.

We are looking to ACTA’s Diocesan Coordinators and members to give us information on what activities/ training/ discussions are happening at diocesan level to support the synodal process. To see what is going on find all events here from the Synod 2021 menu link...

It would help if you could provide any information a couple of weeks in advance with a brief summary/ date /time/ venue[if appropriate] / contact details for registering.