Monday, 20 March 2017

SCC Refreshers Training Programme

- Sr. Grace Mary

On 4th March 2017, the Small Christian Community (SCC) of Christ the King Parish organised a Refresher Training programme attended by about 30 members of the parish. It began with a Bible procession to the hall where the Bible was reverently placed and Mrs. Rani Anthony, President welcomed the members and introduced the Resource Person, Sr. Gracemary, SMI. Fr. Vincent Lobo, Parish Priest also spoke on the need for Bible sessions for better understanding of the Word of God.

Sr. Gracemary gave a very enlightening power point presentation ably assisted by Fr. Ranjit and spoke on the 7 steps format for conducting the Gospel Sharing in SCCs. It was a very structured talk and she emphasised on the 4 objectives of the SCC - (i)Coming together, (ii) Sharing the Word of God (iii) Faith in Action and (iv) Unity with the Universal Church.

Coming together The members of SCCs are neighbours. By virtue of their baptism, they come together and are incorporated into the body of Christ. They meet in homes at different intervals to experience communion in love. Sharing the Word of God The Sccs have Gospel sharing.

The Word of God or the Risen Christ, becomes the foundation of the SCC. The participants open their hearts and minds to the Word of God and grow in his divine life. They share their faith life together and grow in faith together with each other.

Expression of faith in Service Inspired by the Word of God, the members serve the needy in their neighbourhood. They see in t h em Ch ri s t h ims e lf, “Whatever you do the least of my brothers, you have done to me.’(Mt 25:40). They are not merely a prayer group, but a community inspired by the Word of God, sent out to fulfil the mission commanded of Jesus, to love one another as he has loved them. United with the Universal Church SCCs are united with the Universal Church through their pastors, Sunday Eucharist, parish Pastoral Councils, Common Programmes etc. They do not live in isolation but are united with the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. The celebrations of the Eucharist become the supreme sign of the linkage of Christ the Head with the members of his Body. It was a bilingual interactive session and concluded with a video on the Bible passage 2 Kings 6: 8-23 with the powerful message that love conquers all. Mr. Pradhan gave the vote of thanks and this was followed by lunch and fellowship. The programme as well appreciated by the members. 

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