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Ministries

BASIC CHRISTIAN COMMUNITIES

BCC units are forums where persons of different social and economic levels come together. Inspired by the love of Christ persons come forward to help the less fortunate in whichever way they can. All 12 units conduct their meetings regularly every month in the houses of members. The date, time and venue of the meeting are announced in the church during Sunday mass. From among the BCC members office bearers were elected as men leader, lady leader, secretary, treasurer, conveners for pastoral, Education, social and youth ministries. These leaders become members of parish level ministries and gather once in a month to guide the parish council which is formed out of the parish council members elected from the BCC units and the conveners of different ministries elected from the unit representatives of the different ministries. The Office bearers of the BCC Units are as following:


Christ the King BCC Unit Mount Carmel BCC Unit
Angelmoose Ravikumar M,
Lida Jacob Jessy Peter
Mary D’Cruz Caroline Louie
Felicita Agnes J.F
Mr. Selvaraj Valentine Netto
Felicita Lopez Julie Dainatius
Thomas Lopez Louie
Mary Simi Shirly Miranda
Jijo Wilson Vivin Kurian
Litty Wilson Vinaya Kurian
St. Luke BCC Unit St. Kochuthresia BCC Unit
C. Peter P. Manoharan
Mariamma Christi Jeji Aloysius
N.T. George Sajan T. M
Beena Papachan Sudha Varghese
Nirmala, MaryKutty
Seena Subhash Moly Fernandez
Georgekutty N.N. Moni
Moly Antony Helen Thyparambil
Akhil George Binoj Mani
Sruthy M.A Nivea G.M
St. Josephs BCC Unit St. Sebastian BCC Unit
C.A. Francis Joseph Mascrene
Rita Jacob Mary Ephremes
Pameela Gomez Leena Mercelin
George Ebrew Shyam R
Zeeta Lawrence Dorothy Cross
Manojini Joseph Marcelin
Suresh Joseph Dr. Jayapal
Marrie Justin Mary Bindu Sam
Ignatius Freddy Sreekanth S
Mercy Stanley Shiny R
St. Thomas BCC Unit St. Stephen BCC Unit
George Bastin E. Harry
Jacquiline Vincent Alphonsa Xavier
Soni T. James
Preetha George P. Thomas
Suresh Rodriguez Sabankutty
Anet Fernandez G.F. Jose
Jobai Silva M. James
Mini Cruz Thanka Lilly
Jacq Ben J.Arun
Shalini Preethy
St. Ann's BCC Unit St. Mathew BCC Unit
P. Augustin Col. D’Souza
Telma Antony Claramma
Geetha Michael Simi Stalin
Varghese Cleetus Charles
Lissy Viji Cleetus
Joseph Sahayadas Anita Arackal
P.Kaspar S. David
AmalaRani Vasantha Stalin
Midhun Antony G.D. Das
Merina Renjini
St. John's BCC Unit St. Agnes BCC Unit
Augustinraj Sasi Samuel
Madhu Paikiras Vimala Aloysius
Ancila Moses Nimmy Sanil
S.J. Vijayadas Vijila V
Jaya Jyothiraj Selvaraj
Thomas Alexander Zerina
Manohari Yesudas
Mathew T.J Latha Xavier
Sruthy C.D Aeron Yesudas
  Catherine R. Sebastian

Strengths
  • Bible study and spontaneous prayer are wide spread
  • The members are of middle class and are socially, educationally and economically well off
  • Persons of the parish are closely knit
  • Increased participation of laity in liturgy
  • Church community has become global
  • Women of the parish are empowered
Challenges
  • The parish has a floating population
  • Material well being prevents some from active participation
  • Migration of persons between 20 to 40 creates problems in homes
PASTORAL MINISTRY

The pastoral services are managed by forum consisting of 12 member representatives of the 12 BCC units. Its convener who represents the ministry in the Parish Council is elected by them. Every Second Sunday of the month the ministry gathers and discuss on the points gathered from BCC units and parish council. The convener takes the suggestions to the parish Council. The ministry representatives functions as the liaison between the BCC units and the Parish. Under this ministry come Liturgy, Bible, Catechism, Vocation, Evangelization, Family Apostolate, Pious Associations, Ecumenism and Dialogue. It consists of the following members:

  1. Rev. Dr. Hyacinth M. Nayakam (Parish Priest)
  2. Mrs. Ancila Moses (Convener)
  3. Mr. Selvaraj
  4. Mr. Valentine Netto
  5. Mrs. Nirmala
  6. Mrs. MaryKutty
  7. Mrs. Zeeta Lawrence
  8. Mrs. Dorothy Cross
  9. Mr. Suresh Rodriguez
  10. Mr. Sabankutty
  11. Mrs. Lissy
  12. Mrs. Viji Cleetus
  13. Mr. Selvaraj
  14. Mrs.Chris George
EDUCATION MINISTRY

The ministry aims at the educational development of the parishioners. The general body at the parish level consists of 12 member representatives of the 12 BCC units. Its convener who represents the ministry in the Parish Council is elected by them. Every Second Sunday of the month the ministry gathers and discuss on the points gathered from BCC units and parish council. The convener takes the suggestions to the parish Council. The ministry representatives functions as the liaison between the BCC units and the Parish. The BCC units contribute a fixed sum every month towards the activities of this ministry. Donations are received from parish members and well-wishers. Under this come the two memorial trusts of Msgr. S. Thomas and Msgr. M. Joseph respectively.

Activities:

The members collect and file a detailed data of the educational status of the parishioners. They identify resource persons, conduct career guidance and find sponsors for the economically weak but intellectually bright students. Uniform and study materials are collected supplied to the deserving students. It awards prizes to meritorious students and for any outstanding achievements. It organizes seminars and study classes to students and parents. The educational body consists of the following members:

  1. Rev. Dr. Hyacinth M. Nayakam (Parish priest)
  2. Mr. Joseph Marcelin (Con)
  3. Mrs. Felicita Lopez
  4. Mrs. Julie Dionitius
  5. Mrs. Seena Subhash
  6. Mrs. Moly Fernandez
  7. Mrs. Manojini
  8. Mrs. Anet Fernandez
  9. Mr. G.F. Jose
  10. Mr. Joseph Sahayadas
  11. Mrs. Anita Arackal
  12. Mr. Jaya Jyothiraj P
  13. Mrs. Zerina
SOCIAL ACTION MINISTRY

The Social Action of the Archdiocese of Trivandrum was established in the year 1960. It was registered in the name of TSSS as a non-governmental organization. The vision of the ministry is creation of a just society based on love, peace, truth equality and justice. The mission is empowerment of marginalized communities towards sustainable and participatory development process. Its objectives are:

  • To organize the communities and facilitate formation and strengthening of local leadership.
  • To build up capacity of the people for sustainable livelihood
  • To facilitate creative participation of women in socio-economic and political processes
  • To improve health status of the poor by promoting community health

In the parish level we have different activities like credit union, Vanitha Vedi, Self-Help Group, Bala Vedi, Senior citizen's forum and Housing programmes and charity works. Credit union formed in 1993 is a micro credit finance to save the poor from borrowing money from the money lenders. It also inculcates the culture of saving and financial discipline. This is an association for mutual help of its members. Its objective is to encourage small savings of its members. Vanitha Vedi is a women's organization formed in 1994. It helps the parish women to come together. A tailoring unit to teach tailoring and thus to have self employment is started under the TSSS parish unit. Two SHG groups functions by training the ladies in various self employment schemes of making umbrella, candle, soap mosquito coil, herbal medicine etc. Bala- Vedi is a group organized for the over all development of the children of the parish.

The general body at the parish level consists one man and one woman each from the 12 BCC units thus have 24 member representatives. Its convener who represents the ministry in the Parish Council is elected by them. Every Second Sunday of the month the ministry gathers and discuss on the points gathered from BCC units and parish council. The convener takes the suggestions to the parish Council. The ministry representatives functions as the liaison between the BCC units and the Parish. The Social action body consists of the following members:

  1. Rev. Dr. Hyacinth M. Nayakam (Parish Priest)
  2. Mr. N.N. Moni (Con)
  3. Thomas Lopez
  4. Mary Simi
  5. Louie
  6. Shirly Miranda
  7. Georgekutty
  8. Moly Antony
  9. Helen
  10. Suresh Joseph
  11. Marrie Justin
  12. Dr. Jayapal
  13. Mary Bindu Sam
  14. Jobai Silva
  15. Mini Cruz
  16. M. James
  17. Thanka Lilly
  18. P.Kaspar
  19. Amala Rani
  20. S. David
  21. Vasantha Stalin
  22. Thomas Alexander
  23. Manohari
  24. Yesudas
  25. Latha Xavier
YOUTH MINISTRY

The general body at the parish level consists a Young man and a Young Woman each from the 12 BCC units thus have 24 member representatives. Its convener who represents the ministry in the Parish Council is elected by them. Every Second Sunday of the month the ministry gathers and discuss on the points gathered from BCC units and parish council. The convener takes the suggestions to the parish Council. The ministry representatives functions as the liaison between the BCC units and the Parish. The Youth ministry consists of the following members:

  1. Miss. Shiny R. (Con)
  2. Mr. Jijo Wilson
  3. Miss Litty Wilson
  4. Mr. Vivin Kurian
  5. Miss. Vinaya Kurian
  6. Mr. Akhil George
  7. Miss. Sruthy M.A.
  8. Mr. Binoj Mani
  9. Miss. Nivea G.M
  10. Mr. Ignatius Freddy
  11. Miss. Mercy Stanley
  12. Mr. Sreekanth S
  13. Mr. Jacq Ben
  14. Miss. Shalini
  15. Mr. J.Arun
  16. Miss. Preethy
  17. Mr. Midhun Antony
  18. Miss. Merina
  19. Mr. G.D. Das
  20. Miss. Renjini
  21. Mr. Mathew T.J
  22. Miss. Sruthy C.D
  23. Mr. Aeron Yesudas
  24. Miss. Catherine R. S
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