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Quilon Diocese.............to serve in Holiness & Justice
HISTORY



various commissions of the diocess
BISHOP
commission for liturgy
PRIESTS
commission for catechetical & biblical apostolate
PARISHES
commission for basic christian communities
SAINT
commission for ecumenism & dialogue with other religions
STRUCTURE
formation of laity, family apostolate, youth, pious association
INSTITUTIONS
commission for education
MINISTRIES
social apostolate
RELIGIOUS

priestly formation and on-going formation of the clergy

NEWS
relationship between and among bishop, priests & laity
STATUS

involvement of the religious in the ministries of the diocese of quilon

CONTACT

temporalities

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COMMISSION FOR LITURGY
Mission Statement

To foster, promote and actualize a meaningful and experiential liturgy which encompasses public worship and proclamation of the Gospel resulting in the formation of a genuine Christian community and for the realization of the above to give instruction, training and formation for priests and other ministers of the liturgy including choir, issue proper guidelines according to the decrees of the church, encourage such adaptations suited to our local conditions as approved by the Church, duly ensuring that the worship, where the Holy Spirit dispenses the mystery of salvation is performed by the whole Mystical Body of Christ for the glory of God and sanctification of the world.

Recommendations

•  From the diocesan Liturgical commission with experts and representatives of Priests, Nuns and Religious. •  Due importance must be accorded to the observance of the day of the Lord •  Sunday Liturgy must be made meaningful ensuring active participation of the people.

•  Choir should be properly trained and regulated with directives. They should be assigned a suitable place in the Church. •  Training for and conferring of the ministry of the distributors of the Holy Communion. •  Arrange refresher course on Liturgy for Priests. •  As far as possible uniformity in the administration of the sacraments should be ensured.

•  Bring out Liturgical directives. •  Formation of altar boys and girls. •  Formulate norms for rectification of the marriage of those who have attempted marriage and funeral service to public sinners and those who commit suicide. •  Ensure the community character of the sacraments in their celebration

COMMISSION FOR CATECHETICAL & BIBLICAL APOSTOLATE

Mission Statement

Catechetical Apostolate

That all sections of the faithful may experience and live the Christian vocation and for the furtherance of which promote faith formation through Sunday schools & Catholic educational institutions, prepare relevant and proper syllabi and innovative pedagogy and train adequate personnel for the above

Biblical Apostolate

That the faithful of all walks of life may progress to pray, live and proclaim the Word of God for the realization of which arrange Bible Conventions, Bible Kalotsavam, Vacation Bible School, Bible Quiz, Distribution of Bible and set up centers for the Study of Bible.

Recommendations
Catechetical
•  Parish priest should involve actively in Sunday school and give necessary directives. •  Ceremonies other than community mass to be allowed in Churches on Sundays without disturbing Sunday School •  Emphasis should be given to experiential learning with internal assessment, with projects, social service, discussion groups etc.

•  Sacraments of Holy Communion, Confirmation and Matrimony to be administered only after making sure that the applicant has certificates of attendance of Sunday school in the respective classes. •  The value of Catechism certificates to be specified in admission to Plus 2 and degree courses in our institutions. •  Catechism certificate and good-service certificates should be considered for admissions and appointments in diocesan institutions.

•  Before appointment of teachers in the corporate management a test paper comprising catechism (text books from 1 st to 12 th std.), Vatican II documents on laity, church history, etc., should be introduced. •  Catechism to be introduced for students of Degree courses. •  Teachers are to be experienced and trained. •  Training in faith formation should be given to the teachers in Catholic Schools of the Diocese and encourage them to teach in Sunday schools.

•  Only exemplary Christians to be promoted as Sunday school teachers. •  Catechism in schools should be monitored by the Diocesan Catechetical Centre. •  Catechism fund collected from parishes should be increased •  Adult Catechism through lessons in B.C.C. to be triedInclude comparative studies on other Christian sects and religions in the syllabi.

Bible

•  Ensure that every catholic family has a Bible, if possible, a Bible for each faithful and daily reading of Bible be encouraged. •  Bible courses for laity be introduced in the Diocese. •  Form and promote small Bible Study Groups of children, youth and adults in the Parishes.•  Bible library, both in the Parish and Diocesan level be formulated

•  Bible literature and leaflets to be circulated in BCC and Parishes. •  Media should get more involved in Biblical Apostolate •  Bible Kalolsavam to be evaluated. •  Diocesan level Bible Retreat Teams be formed •  Separate directors for Catechesis & Bible should be appointed.

COMMISSION FOR BASIC CHRISTIAN COMMUNITIES
Mission Statement
To foster and strengthen Basis Christian Communities that they may through common prayer and scripture reading ensure Christian fellowship, faith formation and missionary outreach, and participate in ecclesial ministries, and lay a solid starting for a new society based on a civilization of love
Recommendations
•  Appointment of a full time Diocesan Director •  Formation of BCC commission consisting of priests, nuns and laity to advise and assist the director •  Strengthen BCC structures at the forane level •  Ensure active involvement of parish priests and co-ordinators, elected members of Parish Pastoral Council •  Conduct regular Training Programmes for animators and co-ordinators, elected members of Parish Pastoral Council

•  Conduct periodical evaluation of BCCs by forane/diocesan teams •  BCC units are to be made in uniform pattern (15-20 families) considering geographical proximity and convenience of the families •  For viable reasons, BCC meetings be conducted once in 14 days instead of the present weekly system •  Mass media wing, QSSS, Family Apostolate and Catechetical Centre must work in union with BCC

•  Activities of the four sub-committees under the BCC must be streamlined •  Records and registers of BCC works should be maintained at Parish and Forane level •  Awareness programmes on life related subject/problems should be introduced in the BCCs eg., suicide, alcholism, family budgeting, career guidance etc.

•  Publishing of an annual report in elaborate form is recommended •  Election in all BCC units should be conducted within a stipulated period (15 Feb. to 15 Mar) •  Promote cultural programmes and competitions in the BCCs •  Observance of social events/feasts in the BCCs •  Job oriented projects should be encouraged at the parish level under the supervision of BCCs

COMMISSION FOR ECUMENISM & DIALOGUE WITH OTHER RELIGIONS

Mission Statement

To promote ecumenical movements for dialogue and exchange of faith experiences and co-operation in common endeavours among various Churches and to encourage discussion and dialogue with people of other faiths so as to build bridges of friendship.

Recommendations

*Form a separate commission for Ecumenism and inter-religious dialogue

* under this Diocesan Commission, works of Ecumenical Co-operation could be undertaken in areas such as Dialogue, Bible study, Catechesis, Institutes of Higher Studies, Under Graduate Studies, Theological Research, Studies on Pastoral Issues, Missionary Activity, Dialogue with other religions, Social and Cultural Life, Studies in Social and Ethical Questions, Social Development, Health care and Social Communications Media

*Initiate discussions with scholars and leaders of other religions on themes of faith as well as views on social issues.

Objectives :

•  to bring about deeper realization of the action of the Spirit of God in the daily experiences of people. •  To make the Church truly concerned with human problems so that it becomes a symbol of compassion and love that people can identify with •  To provide guidance to meet every day problems in a materialistic and consumerist society. •  To provide a Christian view of life so that people can live in the presence of God and see God in the joys and sorrows of the world

•  To bring about the formation of truly witnessing communities so that the world may see in them signs of salvation. •  To conduct training courses in group communication and group media. •  To conduct media education for children, parents and teachers. •  To promote higher education and training in media related subjects

•  To animate parish communities •  To promote media productions •  To distribute printed as well as audiovisual materials (and pious materials). •  To establish contact and co-operate with media professionals of goodwill. •  To promote catholic artists

•  To promote catholic publications •  To promote public relations •  To institute media awards, •  To start an information center •  To develop audiovisual library •  To document Diocesan events.

Recommendations

*Conduct training courses in group communication to B.C.C. animators, Sunday School teachers, teachers of our Schools, Youth leaders etc. *onduct media education for various groups * Produce programmes for T.V. Channels. * Make Viswadharmam a pastoral bulletin and constitute an editorial board * Start a music school

FORMATION OF LAITY, FAMILY APOSTOLATE, YOUTH, PIOUS ASSOCIATION

A)  Commission for Family Apostolate

- To promote authentic Christian families that respect life and live in a communication of love and to extend pastoral care to the families.

Recommendations :-

•  Diocese must provide the basic infrastructure to re-arrange Marriage Preparation Course as a residential course. •  Pro life seminars must be conducted in every Parish •  Counselling Centres have to be set up in the Diocesan as well as Parish level.

•  Family Apostolate should be given a permanent building for efficient functioning. •  Family Apostolate may organize get together programmes for married couples •  Value education may be imparted in our High schools under the direction of the Family Apostolate.

B) Commission for Youth Ministry � KCYM

Mission Statement :  

To train the youth to be co-partners with the Church in its ministry and form them as active witnesses to the Gospel in the socio political milieu of our times.
•  Recommended stages of formation for youth.
•  Holy Childhood - - nursery to 4 th Standard
•  K.C.S.L

- 5 th to +2

•  K.C.Y.M. & Jesus Youth - upto 30 years
•  K.L.C.A. - above 30 years

•  K.C.Y.M. must aim at the integral development of the youth. For that along with the spiritual formation, training must be given in Sports and Games and Career guidance etc. •  Director appointed for K.C.Y.M. must be free from other offices •  Service of educated and talented people of the Parish must be made use of to conduct the career guidance and leadership camps for youth.

•  Those members of the youth who are not active in local units shall not be given responsible positions in central units. •  Confrontation to be avoided between K.C.Y.M. and different youth groups. •  Forane level conveners should be appointed •  Stress on spiritual orientation for K.C.Y.M. members, •  Parish Priest must play a very active role. •  Combine the zeal of Jesus Youth with the structures of K.C.Y.M. Jesus Youth members should be encouraged to join KCYM

C) Pious Associations
Mission Statement
Encourage and co-ordinate the functioning of the pious associations that they may actively support evangelical works, witnessing works of charity.
Recommendations

•  There has to be a co-ordination of activities of all the pious association working in the Parishes at the Diocesan level. •  There has to be common annual celebration for all the pious associations in the Diocesan level to enable mutual understanding and co-operation.

•  Elections of the pious associations have to be conducted as per the respective by-laws to enable new leadership. Office bearers should not be allowed to continue indefinitely. •  Pious associations must follow the directions of the respective Parish Priests in all these activities in the Parish.

•  Movements like Jesus Youth are to be equally guided and encouraged •  Tendency of the pious association to function as superior organizations should be curbed. •  Common norms and regulations for confraternity to be drafted.

D) Diocesan Charismatic Movement

Mission Statement
To co-ordinate the renewal movement so as to assist the ministries of the Diocese.
Recommendations
•  An office for co-ordination •  A Retreat Center for the diocese •  Formation of a team of preachers (Priests & Laity) •  Arranging once a year a retreat at Diocesan level •  Training for councilors.
 

COMMISSION FOR EDUCATION

Mission Statement
To impart quality education to all based on Gospel values aiming at an all round development of the students and to ensure the educational upliftment of the members of the community by maximum utilization and equitable distribution of the available educational facilities in the Diocese
Recommendations
•  Constitute Diocesan Educational Board •   Diocesan educational policy should be formulated and implemented •   Need of a higher education Monitoring and Development cell. •  Steps should be taken to improve elementary education •   Career guidance and educational orientation programmes shall be introduced

•  Value education along with religious instruction to be imparted in our educational institutions at the behest of the Family Apostolate Center •   Service of spiritual animators to be sought in educational institutions •  Raise funds for educational assistance and promote sponsorship for the education of the poor and needy.

•  Transparency should be ensured in matters of college admission by resorting to norms of merit cum means. Transparency required in the recruitment to the post of teachers in schools. •  English medium schools will function with the aim of imparting quality education not only to the rich but to the poor students of the community as well

•  The schools owned and managed by religious congregations in the Diocese shall be run within the framework of the broad Diocesan educational policy. •  Role of local Manager shall be clearly defined. Parish level involvement in the improvement of elementary education shall be intensified. •  Donation for admission and appointment, especially at the +2 level shall be reconsidered by finding alternative means.

•  Improve the quality of education, especially in village schools. •  Train Catholic teachers in Christian values •  Teachers' performance and efficiency to be periodically assessed •  Teachers are to undergo on-going formation •  Conduct coaching classes for professional courses and civil service exams. •  Diocesan School Inspection Team should be constituted under the supervision of the Educational Board.

•  Start more technical schools and colleges •  QSSS should attend more on getting and providing assistance for educational projects. •  Profit from unaided schools to be used for helping financially backward students and schools. •  Give more attention to the educational facilities of the girls in the coastal belt. •  Grievance redressal cell should be constituted to settle the disputes of teachers

•  Priority in admission to be given to the students from Latin Catholic Community •  In the matter of teaching and non-teaching staff appointments, stick to the policy of one member from a family •  Grant fee concession and reservation in admission to students in the unaided schools. •  Responsibility of the Diocese in the education of the poor but talented students especially students of fisher community.

•  Investigate the causes of poor performance of Latin Catholic students. •  Form a resource team to motivate the students •  Accept donation in the appointment of teachers for development of the schools •  Priests to be appointed as teachers in schools. •  Promote vocation among students in schools and colleges •   

SOCIAL APOSTOLATE

A) QUILON SOCIAL SERVICE SOCIETY

Mission Statement

To strive for the liberation of deprived sections of society from the exploitative conditions prevailing and to bring about a desirable situation where they will be enabled to exercise control over the means of production and market with a sense of equity, justice and fellowship ensuring in the emancipation of women from a discriminatory system, and regenerative management of natural resources, with provision for environmental protection resulting in sustainable, participatory and integral development of the people entrusted to our care, thereby enhancing the establishment of the kingdom of God

Recommendations
To be implemented with immediate effect
•  Identify the s\school dropouts and enable them to complete at least 10 th Std. Collaborate with the education ministry of the Diocese for the same. •  Government schemes for the welfare of the weaker sections could be made accessible to the beneficiaries through the units.•  Introduce medical insurance scheme especially for the poor, either initiated by the Diocese on its own or in collaboration with Insurance Companies. This should be worked out in cooperation with the Health Ministry. •  The members of the Governing body should function as heads of Sub-committees such as Housing, Education, Shreyas, Credit Unions, Projects, Monitoring and Evaluation. Administration. Representatives from other social welfare associations and pious associations could be incorporated in the sub-committees.

•  Give importance to Vocational Training, Self-help groups. Awareness programmes, Government Welfare Schemes, unit formation etc. •  Improve the functioning of zonal level committees and initiate zonal level planning. •  Raise a fund for the aid of marriage of poor girls. •  An interactive relationship with the Health Ministry, Guidance and Counselling Services and Anti-liquor movement should be maintained.•  A relief fund should be raised to meet the exigencies of natural calamities. •  QSSS units should be started in all parishes and initiate credit unions.

•  The reasons for the lack of involvement and support from the parish priests are to be studied and steps taken to ensure their full participation. •  The membership of the credit societies could be opened to middle and higher income groups to rope in more capital •  Special thrust should be given to the fishing community � both marine and inland with programmes on health care, drinking water, sanitation, alternative employment, credit societies, and remedial education •  Shreyas needs a voluntary technical advisory committee comprising of specialists from, agriculture, diary, fisheries, tourism, poultry, coir making and marketing to assist QSSS.

•  Shreyas facilities could be harnessed for generating income by renting out for seminars, camps and tourists. •  The existing programmes at Shreyas could be salvaged only through an aggressive marketing strategy. •  Shreyas could have a separate managing committee responsible for the day to day running, planning, and evalution •  The governing body of QSSS may be reconstituted to include representatives from Diocesan Counselling Centre, Benziger hospital, Anti-liquor Movement etc. •  Health awareness programmes should become part of the QSSS ministry.

To be implemented at convenience

  •  The Governing Body may meet once a month and the General Body twice a year. •  Self � employment schemes should be implemented for all the parishes. Vocational skills development training programmes should be initiated

•  Housing schemes should be made available to all the parishes •  Rain water harvesting schemes for drinking water and household needs could be initiated in collaboration with Government agencies •  Increase the loan limit for credit society members

•  Continuity should be ensured in the execution and completion of QSSS projects •  Social activities of the different agencies of the diocese shall be coordinated by QSSS •  Empowerment of the beneficiaries should be given top priority •  Exploring local funds for QSSS activities.

B) HEALTH MINISTRY
Mission Statement
The mission of the Bishop Benziger Hospital is to provide quality medical care to all sections of people, at an affordable cost, with special focus on the poor and the marginalized in an atmosphere of Christian love and care.

Recommendations from the Study Team

•  Medical Insurance Scheme: In order to meet the rocketing cost of medical care viable insurance scheme is required. Either a tie up with the insurance company or establishing one under the control of the Diocese. •  Holistic Treatment: Promoting alternatives medicals systems under the auspices of the Diocese.

•  Pastoral Counselling Care Department: This should be co-ordinated with Diocesan Counselling Centre. •  Common Wards: Common wards and low cost rooms should be increased to meet the demands of the low income groups. •  Contigency Staff: Review of the existing strength in relation to the requirement is to be assessed.

•  Establish a hospital in Mavelikara region •  Patient-doctor and staff relationship should be improved •  Administration: The governing body should be restructured with representatives from Diocesan Doctors �Forum, one member each from Diocesan Guidance & Counselling Centre, QSSS, Priests Council & Pastoral Council and nominated members.

•  Ensure quality of nursing care and efficiency in administration •  Community centred health services � preventive health education should be promoted •  Mass media ministry should play a significant role in health promotion •  Introduce mobile clinics: Avail the services of retired doctors of the community for mobile clinics

•  Arrange free medical camps in parishes •  Arrange Health education in coastal areas •  Establish a corpus fund for meeting medical expenses for illness of serious nature like cancer, kidney, brain, heart of poor patients •  Start a diagnostic center with latest facilities •  Rehabilitation of aids and mental patients should be considered

C) THE MINISTRY OF ANTI-LIQUOR MOVEMENT

Mission Statement

  The anti-liquor movement of the Diocese will strive to serve all people particularly the Diocesan community by building awareness on the ill effects of alcoholism and drug addiction, identifying the addicts and helping them overcome their sufferings through intervention and treatment, campaigning against the detrimental liquor policies of the Government harnessing public opinion, and bringing spiritual healing to the addicts and their families.

Recommendations of the Study Team

Objectives to be implemented with immediate effect

•  The anti-liquor movement should function as an independent body with financial and structural facilities provided by QSSS •  Alcoholics and drug addicts to be identified through a scientific survey. •  An expert committee knowledgeable in matters of addiction should be constituted to assist this Movement. •  Apparently the activities are dependent on aid from the Diocesan fund. Resources mobilization should become part of the activity.

•  A Governing Body, involving experts in the field of alcoholism and drug addiction from the Diocese, should be constituted giving due representation to QSSS, Counselling Services, Hospital ministry and BCC. •  Compaign against the Government policies to be continued •  Awareness programmes to be organized for the parishes

•  Conduct retreats for the young and old with a view to wean the addicts from substance abuse •  Formation of local units (Anti-Liquor units) in the parishes for the purpose of educating the harmful effects of liquor. •  Conduct awareness programmes on alcohol abuse in the educational institutions and Sunday Schools. •  Start De-addiction & counseling centers to be opened with grants from the Ministry of Welfare, Govt. of India

D) MINISTRY OF GUIDANCE & COUNSELLING SERVICES
Mission Statement

St. Joseph 's Guidance & Counselling Centre sponsored by the diocese of Quilon strives to continue the healing ministry of Christ caring for the well-being of all, especially for the members of the diocesan community, by repairing and improving the intra-personal and interpersonal relationships through the service of awareness programmes, research projects, psychological skill training programmes and psychotherapy.

Recommendations of Live-in

Immediate Objectives

•  A Governing Body consisting of experts in the field from the Diocese should be constituted to ensure a professional service to the public. •  The director of counseling service should be included in the Governing Boards of Hospital, QSSS and Education to ensure an effective networking among these services

•  The pastoral care departments of hospitals and guidance and counseling services of schools should be brought under the supervision and guidance of the counseling ministry •  Dissemination of information through leaflets, mass media, exhibitions and talk show, articles in periodicals, publication should become part of the service

Objectives to be implemented at convenience

•  Minor and major research projects in the field should become part and parcel of this service to assess the current attitudes, divorces, single parents, senior citizent etc. This information would become vital for the pastoral ministry and pastoral planning. •  More participation should be elicited by constituting sub-committees for the different schemes and projects

•  Counsellors should be recruited if possible from the Diocesan community to integrate them to our pastoral concerns. •   The present building should be exclusively set apart for the counseling •  At every Forane family counseling centers to be opened.  

PRIESTLY FORMATION AND ON-GOING FORMATION OF THE CLERGY

Mission Statement

•  To foster and promote priestly vocations and train the candidates to discern and respond generously to the call of Jesus by imparting a sound spiritual, intellectual and human formation in the minor seminary which is to serve basically as an orientation house, to confirm and grow mature in their decision before continuing their training in major seminaries.

•  To provide adequate and continuous updating of human and divine knowledge and extend enriching experiences through programmes like monthly recollections, spiritual live-ins, refresher courses and specialized training in varied ministries for better effectiveness in pastoral practices and for deepening and strengthening of the spiritual life of the clergy.

Recommendations
Organisational and Administrative Aspects

•  Establishment of a Diocesan Vocation Bureau and Vocation campaigns at Forane level. •  A formation team comprising of academicians, counselors, Priests and representatives of teachers and parents to extend support to the seminary staff in their formation work.

•  Annual planning for the formation programmes •   Training of formators and help of resource persons to render voluntary service in formation. •  Constant monitoring jointly by the seminary staff, Parish Priest and teachers of the seminarians.

•  Resource mobilization and fund raising at local level seeking support from benefactors and former students. •   Periodic meeting of the staff with the seminarians and their parents •  Collect holiday reports of the minor seminarians from the Parish Priests. Conduct of Vocation Day & Former Students' Day annually

Formation Aspects

•  Service of more competent and considerate spiritual directors with their roles clearly defined and help of more Priests as confessors and counselors. •  More variety in spiritual exercises and conduct of regular catechism classes •   Choice in subjects of study. •   More useful and relevant books and periodicals in the library for promoting reading habits. •  Study of Latin to be introduced and short courses on methodology to be offered.

•  Constant screening of academic performance with the parameter of a fixed minimum standard •  Intensive learning and practice of English language •   Classes on personality development, value education, etiquette and sex education to be introduced; Seminars and discussion on current topics to be held. •  Social exposure and pastoral orientation to be promoted: games and manual work to be encouraged •  The candidates may be sent to different major seminaries in and outside the country.

On-going formation of the clergy

•  Diocesan on-going formation team shall be constituted and a regular system of ongoing formation to be evolved. •  Forane level monthly meeting of the Priests shall be convened for prayer, pastoral planning and evaluation. •   Minimum number of seminars and short term refresher courses shall be annually arranged. •  Selection for higher studies shall be on the criteria of pastoral needs of the Diocese and the aptitude and ability of the candidate

•  Establishing reference library, recreation center and a pastoral bulletin for the Priests •  Make use of the knowledge and expertise available among the Priests themselves for on-going formation •  Arrange specialized training to equip the Priests for different ministries •  Sabbatical year leave and annual leave may be granted

RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN AND AMONG BISHOP, PRIESTS & LAITY
Mission Statement
To establish a cordial relationship between and among Bishop. Priests and Laity by virtue of their incorporation into Christ through Baptism in the context of Pastoral Charity with due respect to hierarchical nature of the Churchy, individual gifts poured on each according to their status, and the principle of subsidiarity so that all members of the Church are knit together to build up the Body of Christ .
Recommendations

•  Bishop shall periodically meet the Priests individually and get personally acquainted with them. •   Personal aptitude towards ministry to be taken into account and arrangements be made for higher studies in so far as it will help the pastoral concerns of the Diocese. •   Disputes between Bishop and a Priest should be settled immediately through dialogue. •   Forane level gatherings-monthly for prayer & pastoral planning should be fostered

•  Gathering for feasts and birthdays should be encouraged. •   Conflicts between two Priests should be mediated by Bishop. •   Reconciliation Committee should be formed according to Canon Law for speedy disposal of grievances •   Periodically review the average income and support of Priests. A permanent committee should be formed to advise Bishop in this matter

•  Medical bills including OP bills should be honoured. Priests Welfare Fund should be revived. There must be some way to make faithful contribute towards P.W.F. •  Annual or biennial holiday should be arranged. Diocese could have an agreement with one or more Dioceses in USA for summer replacement which will enable a few Priests every year to go abroad for ministry & holiday •  Facilities in Priests Home, Kottiyam is to be improved.

•  All the Priests should have some or other pastoral involvements. Even Priests in institutions or ministries should be assigned small parishes or sub-stations or at least be assigned Sunday ministry. •  As far as possible personal aptitude should be considered for appointments. •  A fixed period for office is necessary

•  Schedule the pastoral visit so as to make it oriented towards ministries. Bishop should be able to review the various ministries in the Parish. Proforma for self-appraisal could be given in advance and reports presented to Bishop. Bishop could meet B.C.C. animators, Sunday School teachers, Parish pastoral committee, Committees for liturgy. Education and Social Work, office bearers of pious associations, KCYM. Etc.

•  Disputes between Priests and Parish Committee have to be settled with justice to both parties. While the Bishop has to protect his Priests the genuine grievances of the people have also to be considered. Proper system for conflict management should be arranged in the curia.

INVOLVEMENT OF THE RELIGIOUS IN THE MINISTRIES OF THE DIOCESE OF QUILON
Mission Statement

To co-ordinate the apostolates of the religious both men and women working in the diocese, and to nurture a sense of co-responsibility so that they together with the Bishop and clergy work for the integral development-spiritual, social, economical and educational development � of the people of God, and thus build up a strong local church at length.

Recommendations

  1. When the Diocese/Parish intends to invite a religious congregation to work in the diocese/parish, it is necessary to make sure that its charism will fit in with the needs of the local church
  2. Some of the women religious have expressed in their self-appraisal that periodical training and instruction be given to the religious by the Diocese. Formators of the religious be given proper directive and orientation to train their novices with correct perspective of pastoral ministries
  3. The number of contemplative congregations in our Diocese is considerably big, and therefore, they have to be given proper orientation to make them realize their role and relation to the local church. It is noted from self-appraisal that there is a conflict between their attitude and that of the Diocesan clergy.
  4. The women religious have to become active and co-operative in the Parish ministries, such as BCC prayer meeting, family visits, etc., and also foster vocations in our Parishes, and reach out to our peoples' life situation
  5. Though most of the religious communities state in their self-appraisal that they have no problem to co-ordinate their apostolate with that of the diocese/parish, yet in fact, there is a need for co-ordination and some structures are to be formed for that purpose.
  6. In the fields of education and health care, the religious have to be asked to abide by the diocesan rules and policies in this regard, and avoid scandals. Besides, a sense of co-responsibility is to be nurtured among the religious and diocesan clergy that both together build up the local church.
TEMPORALITIES
Mission Statement

To acquire and retain resources for the proclamation of the Gospel, the various sacred apostolate and for the support of the needy and to administer the resources according to the statutes of the Canon Law and Civil Law with due respect to canonically decreed bodies, making use of the competence in secular fields, technical skills, and civic culture of laity, and with commitment to accountability and transparency, ensuring that the riches of the Church are utilized according to duly decreed priorities of the evangelical acts of the Church and for the benefit of every person.

Recommendations

•  A special committee must be formed with financial experts to plan, execute and enhance the income of the Diocese and to prepare annual budget •  A long-term perspective plan for Diocese is to be prepared to achieve financial self-sufficiency. •  Contribution of the faithful should be enhanced by way of subscription to improve the finance of the Parish

•  The votive offerings of gold and silver except the required ornaments of sacred images may be sold out to enhance the financial state of the Parish. •  Establishment of a common fund to satisfy obligations towards persons who serve the Church.•  The norms of Parish finance administration should be adhered to. There should be accountability and transparency in all the financial dealings.

•  Accounts of the Diocese, Parish and institutions should come under statutory audit annually. •  A Diocesan committee of experts to evaluate and monitor all the construction works. •  Accurate and detailed inventory of temporalities to be prepared •   Church personnel must be paid decent and just wages Wherever possible establish shopping centers and community hall, both to serve the people and to enhance the revenue of Parishes

 
 
 
 
 
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