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Synodal Pathway

Synod is a Greek word (synodos) meaning a meeting or assembly. By convening the Universal Synod, Pope Francis invites the entire Church to reflect on a theme that is decisive for its life and mission.

In recent months the Galway Diocesan Synodal Team has reached out to parishes and to people within and without the faithful community, to listen and hear what they had to say.

The results of this listening is available now in the 10-page diocesan document below, along with the separate appendices information.


Click here for the Diocesan Synthesis
Click here for the Appendices
‘‘No-one can be excluded.’’ — Pope Francis Pope Francis is asking the Church to listen to every voice in the community – laity, disenfranchised, religious – each and all who have a view to offer. Synod is a Greek word (synodos) meaning a meeting or assembly. The two Greek words that make up synod are 'syn', meaning together, and 'hodos', meaning way or journey. By convening this Synod, Pope Francis invites the entire Church to reflect on a theme that is decisive for its life and mission. We aspire "to plant dreams ... allow hope to flourish, inspire trust, bind up wounds, weave together relationships, awaken a dawn of hope, learn from one another, and create a bright resourcefulness that will enlighten minds [and] warm hearts..." (Pope Francis, address of 3 October 2018). The synodal mission: — Humility in listening; — Courage in speaking; — An invitation to dialogue. We come together to listen to each other, and enter into dialogue in order that we will change. An easy way to participate: this anonymous online questionnaire (see link below) takes about 6 minutes to complete. If you have other thoughts you would like to share which aren't covered by the questionnaire, you can email or write to the postal address below. Your postal submission can be anonymous – just add 'Synod' to your envelope. Fr Gerard McCarthy SVD Diocesan Pastoral Outreach Centre Árus de Brún Newtownsmith Galway The submission process is open until 3 April 2022.

Just click the image below to access the survey

Taking Time Out with the Scriptures

Sunday, 6th March 2022

The Parish newsletter will be available weekly at Mass, on the News page on Facebook

2021 Season of Creation


St John the Baptist, Ballyvaughan and 
St Patrick, Murrough, Fanore

Please Note: All sacraments and devotions are impacted by Covid-19 restrictions. We will post any new updates here.


Very Rev. Richard Flanagan SVD, Adm.
Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare
T. +353 (0)65 7077045

National Schools

St Patrick’s National School
Fanore, Co. Clare
T. +353 (0)65 7076197
Principal: Bríd Queally

St John the Baptist National School
Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare
T. +353 (0)65 7077079
Principal: Loretta Gray