|Getting Ready For the Process (October 5, 2008)|
As the Roman Catholic Church in Trinidad and Tobago moves towards the third sitting of its Synod next January, preparations are becoming more intense to ensure a successful Synod.
Close to 800 delegates, from parishes and religious communities all over the Archdiocese of Port of Spain, are expected to attend the Synod which is scheduled for the last two weekends in January 2009.
The special Synod committee, appointed by Archbishop Edward Gilbert, and headed by Fr Allan Ventour, is now engaged in putting in place strategies to emphasise the critical role of those attending the synod.
A fundamental requirement is that delegates must be committed to the process and to facilitating the ongoing dialogue between the small groups and communities, the larger parishes and the Vicariates and must be representative of all sections of the parish.
It is believed that such ongoing communication will sharpen discussions; clarify the formulation of proposals and strengthen the feeling of “ownership” of proposals by all parishioners who will later be responsible for implementing them in parishes and vicariates.
For the next few weeks meetings have been organised in all the vicariates so that no parish or group will be unaware of what is necessary when delegates meet over the four days to discuss ways and means to move the Church forward in the 21st century.