Diocese of Derry


Synod Parish Resources

Pope Francis has approved a new synodal programme for the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops - the Synod, "For a synodal Church: communion, participation and mission"

Pope Francis is inviting Catholics everywhere to re-learn the ways of being church together, to create spaces of encounter and mutual listening that incorporate the gifts of all the baptized as we face the many challenges of renewing the life of the church for our time.

New and creative pathways may be found for working together among parishes and dioceses in order to bring this Synodal Process to fruition.

This Synodal Process need not be seen as an overwhelming burden that competes with local pastoral care. Rather, it is an opportunity to foster the synodal and pastoral conversion of each local Church so as to be more fruitful in mission. 

Below are support materials for use by individuals and parishes to assist creative participation. 

Resources to assist local Churches in engaging with the Universal Synod 

The Handbook (Vademecum) 

Preparatory Document

Vademecum for the Synod of Synodality 2023 Official Handbook for Listening and Discernment in Local Churches.

This Vademecum is designed as a handbook that accompanies the Preparatory Document at the service of the synodal journey. The Vademecum provides all the basic information to help a diocese organise the consultation in the diocese.

This Preparatory Document is designed as a handbook to accompany the Vademecum.

It explains the objectives of the Synod and the consultation process.

Synod popup banners for church display

These popup banner displays have been created for use in Parish Churches.

Click any image to download popup artwork. It is in pdf format. Email the pdf to your print supplier.

Popup Banner Size:
Inform print supplier banner size is 850 x 2500cm (or scale to).

Synod prayer cards for home

English version

Irish version

These prayer cards have been created for use in the home.

Click image to view and download.

Synod prayer cards for commercial printing

Artwork English version

Artwork Irish version

These prayer cards have been created for use commercial bulk printing.

Click any image to download prayer card artwork. It is in pdf format. Email the pdf to your print supplier.

Prayer Card Size:
Inform print supplier card size is 10.5 x 14.5cm. Recommend board: Silk 350gsm

Official Synod Logo 


Download: As Gaeilge



Official branding toolkit and guidelines. 

Related Synod topics to assist parishes  


Starting conversations in our parishes

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Contact Info

Diocesan Offices
St Eugene’s Cathedral
Francis Street, Derry
BT48 9AP | Tel: 028 7126 2302

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