SCCs can transform society: Cardinal Gracias
Nov. 24, 2013
Cardinal Oswald Gracias has said that living a life of love is an authentic living of Christian faith and small Christian communities leading a genuine life can bring about society's transformation. "The SCCs have the power to transform the Church from an inward looking community to an outreaching church through a life of love," Cardinal Gracias said while delivering the homily during the Eucharistic celebration on Nov. 21 outside the Basilica of Bom Jesus.
The celebration also marked the conclusion of the first national convention of small Christian communities (SCCs). The third-day program shifted back to Old Goa after 2,000 outstation delegates, including bishops, priests and the laity held a day-long interaction with local parishioners at the deanery and parish level in Goa.
The Cardinal, who is also president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI), said SCCs are the primary locus and means of national integration, ushering in truth, honesty, justice, human rights and dignity, good governance, eco-care and eco-justice in society. The event that brought the Year of Faith to a close for the Catholic Church in India saw the faithful from different parishes come in a rally and join the delegates during the concluding function. The event that brought to a close the year of faith for the Church in India saw the faithful from different parishes come in a rally and join the delegates during the closing function.
Bishop Thomas Dabre, President of the National Service Team for SCC, and Fr Leonardo Pegadoe Souza, local convener of the event, proposed the vote of thanks. Dabre gave a presentation on 'SCCs-A Leaven for the new society'. While acknowledging the Church's contribution in the fields of education, healthcare and social service, he challenged the faithful and the leadership to offer resources to the Church for the service of society.
Raphel Thatil, Auxiliary Bishop of Trichur, spoke about the evolution of the SCCs in the Syro Malabar Church, while Elvino Colaco from Mumbai also spoke. Presentations were also made from West Bengal, Odisha and Karnataka. Sr.Christine Joseph, Fr.Vijay Thomas, national convener of the convention, Stacy Luis from Assolna, Sharmilla de Souza from Siolim, and Clancy de Silva from Penha de Franca also participated in the valedictory programme.
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