This weekend Pope Francis opens the Synod on Family Life, Part II, building on all that emerged from the Synod, Part I last Autumn 2014, and incorporating further responses from those who answered the Bishops of England and Wales invitation in late December 2014 to reflect on the themes which were emerging. The Synod lasts from 4th-25th October 2015; we are blessed to have Kit and Caroline Dollard there in Rome as part of the England and Wales delegation. I have received a summary document of responses entitled, ‘The Call, the Mission, and the Journey.’ It is a fascinating and rich paper with some wonderfully inspiring quotations from the ordinary people who took time to read, reflect and pray on the six questions. There are 28 pages. I would like to offer a copy to those of you who feel you have the time to read, reflect and pray on its fruits and its challenges for us, and crucially for those many in our families and locality whose marriage situations leave them feeling distant from the regular weekly, and daily life of this faith community. Our hope and prayer has to be for a softening in the Church’s understanding of the plight of the divorced and remarried, to which Pope Francis is deeply committed. Please do pray especially over the next three weeks for the discernment and decisions of the Synod. As a sign of our unity and support for its work, and for the situation of our loved ones in difficult relationships, we will have 30 minutes of prayer before the Blessed Sacrament on the three Wednesdays of the Synod, from 8-8:30 pm. Please do make a special effort to come, Wednesdays 7th, 14th and 21st October 2015. If you would like a copy of the 28 page response paper, please sign the list at the back of Church and collect your copy early in the week.