Commission

Secretary: Rev. Fr. Bernard Lawrence

Aim : To build up small Christian Communities as Eucharistic communities with gospel values as its solid foundation.

Activities :

To shape and strengthen small Christian communities in the Parishes with the support and guidance of the local parish priests.

Organize BCC Sunday Liturgy and programs

Organizing Seminars, Training Programmes and Co-ordinating meetings at the Vicariate and Diocesan levels.

Formation of animators, facilitators and leaders to guide the Small Christian Communities.

Preparing resource materials, handout and guide book to effectively animate the Small Christian Communities.

Working for a Spiritual renewal and revival in Small Christian Communities through retreats, fasting prayers and night vigil.

Formation of Basic Human Communities and Social action groups.

Secretary: Rev. Fr. Irwin Maria Dhavamani

Activities :

Training the laity on Bible

Visiting the parishes to conduct Bible Seminars & Bible Exhibitions

Conducting Bible Diploma courses for the laity.

V.B.S. training programme for teachers.

Organize Bible Sunday Liturgy and programs

Supplying Bible Copies and all the related materials to the whole Diocese-Bible Bank

Publications: Tri – Monthly Magazine, Liturgical Ordo, Bible Chart

Email: madrasmylaporebiblecom@gmail.com ; www.bible-commission.com

Secretary : Rev. Fr. Bernard Lawrence

Motto : Know Jesus share Jesus

Activities :

Orientation Seminars for the School Teachers on Catechism and Value Education.

Orientation Seminars for the Sunday Catechism Teachers.

Training programmes for the Animators of Holy Childhood Association.

Retreats for the School Teachers & Retreats for the Students through Media.

Conducting Diocesan Exams in Catechism and Value Education and distributing the prizes.

Rally for the Holy Childhood Association members.

School Visits and Parish Visit

Email: chennaipastoralcentre@gmail.com

Secretary: Rev. Fr. Arulraj. D

Activities :

Correspondence course for non-Christians

Counselling for non-Christians on Tuesdays and Festive days in Shrines.

Village evangelization through house visiting, counselling, conducting prayers and healing services etc.

Training the lay Evangelizers.

Conducting classes and seminars on the evangelization in the parishes.

Monthly review meetings for the evangelization

Special Christmas and Easter programmes for non Christians

Meet-Christ camps for non-Christians

Distribution of Bibles, Pamphlets and Religious articles.

Internet Ministry & Prayer Ministry.

On -going formation for the lay evangelizers.

Secretary: Rev. Fr. Joe Andrew Mangal Raj

Objective

To strengthen the existing families.

To prepare the youth, women and men of future families.

To build up Christ – centered family life.

To make families flourishing domestic churches.

Activities :

Pre-marital instruction classes for the young men and women.

Post-marital counseling for the couples.

Marriage Alliance Bureau.

www.mmfamilycommission.com

Secretary: Rev. Fr. A. Amalraj

Activities :

Meeting the sick and counselling and praying for them is an important part of our healing ministry.

In order to encourage lay ministers we would like to strengthen “Good Samaritan Hospital Ministry Group” all throughout our Archdiocese.

Regular mass for the catholic nurses in their quarters and once in a month we have the Nurses gathering.

Annual Meeting, Christmas gathering and Retreats for the Nurses.

PRF – Priests Relief Fund to cater to the need of Sick Priests

“Save our Life” (sole) A Group among the school children fasting in the young minds the values of life, mode of dressing Social Relationship etc.

Secretary: Rev. Fr. K. J. Varghese Rozario

Objectives :

To equip church workers for the task of evangelism and faithful living.

To empower both the clergy and laity of the Archdiocese in fulfilling the Great Commission in extreme poverty-stricken conditions.

To reach out to prisoners, and sick and short-ins as well as children face with life threatening challenges.

To equip Seminarians, College Students and School Students for the task of evangelism and promote harmony.

Develop structures that will draw on the wisdom and capacities of religious traditions to address pressing issues.

Build networks of interfaith peace builders who can serve in such structures.

Activities:

Ecumenical Formation: imparted in faculties of theology, seminaries and formation houses

Promotion of Spiritual Ecumenism at all levels –

  • Ecumenical Prayers:Christmas & Holy Week, Easter
  • Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
  • Ecumenism Sunday
  • Votive Masses for Christian Unity
  • (Roman Missal: Masses for Various Needs, 17. For Christian Unity – 3 Masses)
  • Family Prayer for Unity

Practical Ecumenism - Joint action in the context of Socio – economic and Political fields

Organizing gatherings during the religious festivals – share meal, share understanding of faith

Organizing fellowship courses to college students in understanding faith and promoting peace.

Networking with groups that coordinate the means of coming for dialogue among the religion

Secretary: Rev. Fr. Francis Michael

Activities :

To coordinate and collaborate with all the Christian workers

To help Christian workers to be apostles in the world on work.

It gives top priority for building up the Catholic Workers Movements as a means for apostolic action with love.

It works to get justice to employees in Christian institutions.

It has concern especially for weaker sections (domestic workers, women and daily rated) who are the victims of exploitations.

It works to create a very good relationship between employer and the employee.

Secretary: Mr. William Kumar

Aim :The object of this commission is to promote and lead the laity in their special mission of serving the Church and train them as good leaders so that there is greater participation of the laity in the various activities of the church and society

Activities :

To conduct one day seminar at parish level to enlighten the laity about their rights and duties in the church and society.

To conduct classes for the laity about the regulations and functioning of parish council and finance committee and establish them in the parishes as per the guidelines of the Archdiocese.

To conduct 6 days Basic leadership training programme to parish council members.

To conduct training for trainers at diocesan level.

To encourage and co-ordinate the various activities of the lay associations.

To organize political awareness seminars.

To encourage the laity to join the correspondence Theology course conducted by the Tamil Nadu Laity Commission.

To encourage the laity to attend intensive leaders training programmes organized by the NBCLC and Tamil Nadu Laity Commission.

Secretary: Rev. Fr. Arockia Velankanni Stalin

Activities :

Organise free legal camps in parishes, vicariates

Helping poor families, youth and children to know their rights

Secretary: Rev. Fr. Andrew. D

Activities :

Forming the Parish Liturgical Team (PLT) in all the parishes.

Conducting Seminars and formation programmes for the PLT members.

Organizing seminars on ‘Liturgy and Life’ in the parishes for the faithful.

Publications : Hymn books for participation in a meaningful liturgy

Secretary: Rev. Fr. K. J. Varghese Rozario

Motto: You visited me...

Central Prison: 3 prisons, 1 vigilance home, 4 sub-jails

Activities :

Educational help to the prisoners children

Educating the Prisoners

Medical assistance to the Prisoners

Praying ministry and organising Holy Mass in Prisons on every last Sundays of the month

Spiritual Guidance through Retreats and Adoration & Training for volunteers

Praying Novena to St. Maximilian Kolbe – Parishes, Convents, Formation Houses, Prison

Monthly meetings for Volunteers

Counselling and Family Visit

Financial Assistance to the families of the Prisoners for sustenance

Organize Prison Sunday Liturgy and programs

Joyous Celebrations – Christmas, Holy Week Liturgies, feasts of other faith too.

Repatriation of the prisoners

Rehabilitation Centre for the prisoners

Training Folk Arts and Music

Developing the Handicrafts and that adds to their income. Eg. Printing Notebooks, Stitching dress materials, handicraft works, statue making.

Secretary: Rev. Fr. Periyanayagam

Activities :

Organise Prayer fellowship training programme to the lay preachers

Fasting prayer services in parishes, diocese

Organize the pilgrims to participate meaningfully in the devotions to shrines

Secretary: Rev. Fr. Bosco M.L.A

Activities :

No discriminations in places of worship and pastoral care.

Organize Dalit Sunday Liturgy and programs

To encourage and enhance Dalit vacation in our archdiocese.

To train Leadership skills and to provide key responsibilities in the church.

Admission of special coaching should be importance to CSCO students.

Institutions run by religious in the diocese most come forward to facilitate with scholarship.

To widen the job opportunities in all our catholic institutions.

Integrated action plan of development to be implemented.

To respect Dalit Service Units in all parishes.

Dalit Christian rights to be obtained from government by way of protest and struggle.

To implement urgently 8 points on “Integrated Action Plan of Dalit Catholic Christians development” declared by TNBC and TNCRI.

To establish Monitoring committee consists of members recommended by TNBC and TNCRI.

Rights of all possible assistance are to be obtained and to train on duties.

Render justice, peace and Development in social, political and economic, pastoral fields.

Training and awareness on Human rights and fight to establish them.

To form all India Christian lawyers formation.

Secretary: Rev. Fr. Felix Philip

Aim : To bring the talents among the School Children and Parish Youth and to Promote Local Folk Culture.

Activities :

Sound and Light Programmes.

Cultural Training Programme for School Children and Parish Youth (Folk Arts, Dance, Drama and etc.)

Organize Social Communication Sunday Liturgy and programs

Seminar on Mass Media for School Children and Parish youth at various levels.

Television Programmes along with Madha Television Channel.

Secretary: Rev. Fr. Maria Devanesan

Aim : To foster good and promising vocations to the priesthood for the Archdiocese.

Activities :

Going around on a regular basis to parishes and institutions throughout the year, preaching and speaking about vocation.

Follow-up of the candidates

Organize Vocation Sunday Liturgy and programs

Altar Servers Rallies are organized in various parishes animated towards promoting the desire of vocation in them.

Come and see experience at the Junior Seminary to taste the life of a seminarian, are invited to stay with us for few days, participate in our activities, and then decide on joining.

Secretary: Mrs. Arockiamary

Aim :

To strive for total liberation of women in church and society.

To conduct awareness programs and empower women for greater participation in the various activities of the church and the society.

To encourage women’s leadership in the church.

Activities :

To conduct one day awareness programs for women at parish and vicariate level.

To form and strengthen women cell at parish and vicariates level.

To identify the problems of women and help them to find out a solution.

To conduct training programs for development of special skills such as Public speaking, Communication and Personality development and also to build leadership qualities.

To conduct seminars of self-employment and encourage personal saving to achieve economic independence.

To conduct awareness programs on various Government Welfare schemes and benefits, and protection for women under law for equal rights.

To celebrate Women’s Day and Girl Child Day.

Secretary : Rev. Fr. L. Antony Doss

Objective: Youth Commission focuses on the Christian formation of our youth, and their integration into the wider community. It’s goal is to provide our youth a safe place to explore issues of faith, morals, social justice, and service. It provides a place for the young to heal, to express themselves, to share their stories and to connect with a loving and supportive community.

Activities :

To create and develop Youth Movements in parishes and substation and YCS / YSM in Schools and in Parishes.

Seminars and Training Programmes on Leadership, Social Relationship, Team Work, Personality development, Society, Politics, Economy, Folk Arts and Social Communication.

Providing employment opportunities – Self employment and Employment Cell

Youth to youth – a team to reach out to the un-reached section of youth

To help-out the migrant youth in their needs and policies to strengthen them

To help-out the Transgender through health camps, counselling and in educating them.

To create awareness on organ donation and encouraging the blood donors to help in the needed situations to donate blood and thus to be a change in the society.

Raise the awareness of young people about global issues such as sustainable development and human rights.

Provide opportunities for young people to exchange views with policy-makers on global issues (e.g. via participation in national &international meetings, virtual platforms etc.)

Encourage young people to participate in “green volunteering” and "green" patterns of consumption and production (e.g. recycling, energy conservation, hybrid vehicles, etc.).

Coordinate with like minded youth groups to work for the growth of Youth through AYANF.

Organize Youth Sunday Liturgy and programs

E-mail: aycmmylapore@gmail.com ; www.aycmm.org

Rev. Fr. Bernard Lawrence

Director, Archdiocesan Pastoral Centre,

Santhome, Chennai, Tamilnadu, South India.