14 Synodgy 2018 - Winona Pereira

posted Oct 10, 2018, 11:00 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Oct 10, 2018, 11:00 AM ]
On Sunday, October 7, 2018, a Rosary of balloons floated high into the sky over youth who had gathered outside the Basilica of Our Lady of the Mount, Bandra, from across the Archdiocese of Bombay, in solidarity with the Synod of Bishops currently taking place in Rome. Synodgy 2018 – celebrating the voice of the youth in the Church –followed the theme ‘We Talk Together’ and aimed to inspire and ignite young people to work together with the Church, with the promise that the Church would listen and respond to them.

Bishop Barthol Barretto inaugurated the event with a small prayer and the release of the balloon Rosary on behalf of the Bishops of the Archdiocese of Bombay. The praying of the Rosary, during the procession from the Basilica, highlighted the importance of this prayer for the youth. Students of St Andrew’s College led the procession with a retelling of the classic tale of the hare and tortoise that emphasized the themes of the Glorious Mysteries. The enactment described the various people and situations the hare and tortoise encountered while racing, from strangers asking for help to the fairy-tale world of social media. During the race - a symbol of the journey of life - the tortoise was delayed because he stopped to help others along the way, showing compassion and gratitude, while the hare had none. At the finish line, the tortoise was welcomed at the gates of heaven; an analogy that what matters most is our journey, not just the destination. The procession culminated at Apostolic Carmel Convent with a short prayer for the success of the Synod. Refreshments were served, and a group of talented singers and musicians entertained the audience.

Those attending the programme in St Andrew’s Auditorium initiated a joyful march there, where the comperes welcomed them with the explanation behind the name of the event ‘Synodgy’ - a combination of the words ‘Synod’ and ‘synergy’, and a short but spontaneous talent show. The programme began with a video tracing the history of the Church and young people, followed by accounts from youth across the Archdiocese, describing what they would do if they were "Pope for a day".