Karnataka

Karnataka

 

KARNATAKA REGIONAL COMMISSION FOR SMALL CHRISTIAN COMMUNITIES (SCCs)
 
 


 

 
        
                                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Rt. Rev. Aloysius Paul D' Souza

Chairman of SCC Commission

 

Fr. George Vincent Lobo

Regional Secretary

Mobile No: 09448895493

Email: georgevlobo1972@gmail.com

 

The History of SCCs in Karnataka Region:

 


The SCCs coordination work in Karnataka region was started in the year 2005. Bishop of Mangalore Diocese Most Rev Dr. Aloysius Paul DSouza is the chairperson .KRCBC (Karnataka Roman Catholic Bishops Conference) appointed Rev. Fr. Gilbert DSouza,  a priest from Mangalore Diocese  as the first part-time secretary  and then in 2011, Fr. Harold Pereira has a full time Secretary for SCC Commission.  Karnataka region consists of 14 dioceses: Archdiocese of Bangalore, Badravathi (Syro-Malabar) Diocese, Belgaum Diocese, Bellary Diocese, Belthangady(Syro-Malabar) Diocese, Chikmagalur Diocese, Gulbarga Diocese, Karwar Diocese, Mangalore Diocese, Mangdya (Syro-Malabar) Diocese, Mysore Diocese, Puttur (Syro-Malankara) Diocese, Shimoga Diocese, and Udupi Diocese.

There is a newly inaugurated (13thNov 2012) Regional Office of Commission for SCCs in KRPC (Karnataka Regional Pastoral Centre) at Bangalore.
There is a five members Regional Resource Team (KRRT), came into existence on 18th Sept.2012.
There is a Regional Council for SCCs consisting of 16 members, came into existence on 10th November 2011.

At the regional level, besides Council meetings, Directors meet and TOT (Trainers Training) training programs are held annually.
Ample of SCC material has been translated in Local Language (Kannada).
In the year of faith , the lessons prepared and sent by the NRT for SCCs have been given to the Directors of each diocese and copies of  PORTA FEDEI have been distributed to the lay faithful.
Pastoral course on SCCs is been conducted in the Seminary and other religious formation houses.
There is a Regional SCC News letter called COMMUNION which is printed frequently and circulated to all the dioceses of the region. So far three issues of Communion Newsletter have been brought out.

Vision Statement:
A communion of Communities where neighbors live life in fullness centered on the Word of God & the Eucharist.
Mission Statement
Establish, empower and sustain SCC in every neighborhood by

  • Encouraging living the Word of God and Eucharist.
  • Promoting relatedness leading to a community that is sharing and caring.
  • Building shared, non domineering leadership at all levels.

Goal
By 31st of December 31, 2014, all the parishes of the region have at least 2 SCCs which are regularly functioning.
Objectives

  • Every Ddiocese in Karnataka to have a team of collaborators with the Directors promoting the cause of SCC by 31st December, 2014.
  • A minimum of three days Pastoral Course on promotion of SCCs to be incorporated into the curriculum of the Seminaries and the Formation Houses of Religious giving scope for a practical experience during their formation by 2014.
  • By the end of 2014 every priest, religious and 50% of the lay faithful in Karnataka to be given the clear knowledge of SCCs based on a standard module prepared by the Commission.
  • Every SCCs unit in Karnataka to have at least one eligible and committed animators who build the SCCs by the end of 2014.
  • All the parishes in Karnataka to have at least two SCC units, and are functioning effectively by 31st December 2014.

The list of the Regional SCC Council

01. Most Rt. Rev.Dr. Aloysius Paul DSouza [Chairperson, Mangalore    
Diocese,
02. Fr. Lourdusamy                [ KRPPIC Coordinator ]
03. Fr. Harold Pereira             [ Regional Secretary   ]
04. Sr. Emilia Monteiro SMI    [ Regional Joint Secretary]
05. Fr. Stanley DSouza          [ Belgaum Diocese ]
06. Fr. Shantraj                      [ Chickmagalur Diocese ]
07. Fr. Austin Fernandes          [ Gulbarga Diocese ]
08. Fr. Susairaj                        [ Bangalore Archdiocese ]
09. Sr. Mabel DSouza,           [ Mangalore Diocese ]
10. Mr. Arockiadas                 [ Bangalore Archdiocese ]
11. Mr. Paul Fernandes           [ Shimoga diocese]
12. Ms Anitha                         [ Chikmagalur diocese]
13. Fr. Duming Dias                [ Shimoga diocese, nominated]
14. Fr.  Walter DSouza          [ Mangalore diocese, nominated]
15. Mr. V. M. Francis             [Bangalore Archdiocese, nominated]
16. Mr. Marcellus Fernandez   [Bangalore Archdiocese, nominated]

Names, Addresses, email ids and phone numbers of the Diocesan SCC Commission Secretaries of Karnataka Region- 2013

Diocese

Secretary

Address

Phone no & Email id

Bangalore

Fr Susairaj

St. Thomas Church
HAL, Jeevan Bhima nagar,
Bangalore 560 075

08105414247
frsuzan2007@yahoo.co.in

Belgaum

Fr. Stanely DSouza

Sevalaya,
Dr.Da Ra Bendre Road,
Dharwad -580 008

9902520732
fr.stanleydsouza@yahoo.com

Belthangady

Fr. Jocob Peddikayail

St. Joseph church
Addahala,
Gundiya Post
Shiradi - 574 229

9141759044
frjacobpeedikayil@gmail.com

Bellary

Fr.Anil Kumar

Christ the King Church,
Gajendragada Road
Kushtagi
Koppal District
Pin- 583 277

Fr.anilkumar27@gmail.com
09448831869

Chikmagalur

Fr. Shantraj

Assumption Church
M. Dasapura
Akkanahalli  Koodu post
Via Nuggehalli, Hassan Dist. 573 131

944868855
shanthu.r@hotmail.com

Gulbarga

Fr.Clary DSouza

Milagris, St.Anthonys AshramLatur Road,
Hulsoor Post-585 416
Basavakalyan Tq, Bidar Dist.

9972540237
frclarydsouza@gmail.com

 

Karwar

Fr.Edwin DSouza

Our Lady of Piety
Church
Halga Post
Karwar Dist 581 328

fredwindisouz@gmail.com
09972218006

Mangalore

Fr. Walter DSouza

Shanti Kiran
Bajjodi
Mangalore -575 005

9844213751
9448931970
walty841970@gmail.com

Mysore

Fr. Prashant Kumar

St. Johns College
M C Road
Church compound
Mandya -571 401

8867307860
prashuprince66@yahoo.co.in

Shimoga

Fr Duming Dias

St Thomas Church
P J Extension
Davangere 577 002

9611204527
frdumingdias@ymail.com

18 Commissions Coordinator

Fr.Lourdusamy T

Regional Pastoral Centre
58/6, P B 8427,
2nd Cross, Da Cost Layout, Wheeler road Ext. Bangalore -84

9449260536

tlourdusamy@gmail.com

Statistics of SCCs in Karnataka

Sr.No

Name of Diocese

Year of Estb.

No of parishes

No of parishes with SCCs

No of SCCs

No of Parishes with

PPC elected from SCC

Resource
Team     

1

Bangalore

1999

135

22

62

-- 2 --

--

2.

Belthangady

2007

51

48

250

---

---

3.

Bellary

1997

43

11

53

--

--

4.

Belgaum

1998

44

15

77

---

---

5.

Chikmagalur

1993

40

20

166

---

--

6.

Gulbarga

2008

26

12

41

---

--

7.

Mangalore

1987

113

107

1116

107

---

8.

Udupi

1987

47

44

434

44

---

9.

Mysore

1998

74

26

52

---

---

10

Karwar

2010

77

----

----

---

--

11

Shimoga

1999

38

38

241

----

---

12

Bhadravathi

--

13

13

---

---

--

13

Mandya

--

6

---

----

---

---

14

Puttur

--

21

---

---

---

---

 

Total

728

356

2492

153

 

Regional SCCs Program plan for the year 2014

Month

Program

Place

January

 

 

23-24th Jan 2014

SCC Course for Deacons of Archdiocese

Bangalore

25.01.2014

One day Training for the Animators

Bangalore

February

 

 

02.02.2014

One day SCC training at Parapaddy parish

Udupi Diocese

19.02.2014

DAT  training

Shimoga

March

 

 

02.03.2014

SCC one day training

Bunkal Parish, Chikmagalur

09.03.2014

SCC Day at Bhalki Centre

Gulbarga

14  to 18th 2014

National Council meeting

Mysore

April

 

 

27.04.2014

Animators training program

Karwar

May

 

 

15.05.2014

SCCs training : Priests/ Religious/Laity

Bangalore

June

 

 

11.06.2014

Regional Resource Team Meeting

KRPC , Bangalore

12.06.2014

SCCs Directors Meet

KRPC , Bangalore

July

 

 

22.07.2014

SCC Training for the seminarians and the novices.

Bangalore/Mangalore

August

 

 

29.08.2014

A seminar on the role of an animator

Bangalore

September

 

 

17.09.2014

Trainers training program

KRPC, Bangalore

25.09.2014

Regional Resource Team Meeting

KRPC, Bangalore

October

 

 

02.10.2014

Regional Secretarys visit

Gulbarga

23.10.2014

Regional Secretarys visit

Belgaum

November

 

 

14.11.2014

Regional Council meeting

KRPC, Bangalore

December

 

 

10.12.2014

Regional Resource Team meeting

Bangalore

 

 

 

 

RESULTS AND IMPACT OF SCCs

  • Because of the SCCs the tangible growth is seen in the lives of the faithful:
  • The growth is seen in three levels: In the parish, in the diocese and in the region besides the personal growth in faith.

In the parish:

  • The members of the  SCCs unit are growing in  understanding that the SCCs is an extended family.
  • An emerging and rotating leadership is seen.
  • People meet regularly and the SCC unit has become a forum for local issues to discus and sort out issues. There is a growing unity  among the faithful.
  • People read and reflect the Word of God through the Seven Steps Gospel sharing  method and share the Word and take up service  activities, even they  reach out to the people of other faith.
  • Since the Sunday liturgy is planned in SCCs units and it becomes more participatory and meaningful.
  • Having seen the all-round growth of people of a SCCs parish, the neighboring parishes have initiated SCCs in their parish too.
  • Number of trained animators and team members are giving constant inspiration and motivation and keep spreading the SCCs in other parishes.

At the diocese level

  • Various parish animators come together and share their experiences and  learn and   plan together.
  • So far five Diocesan SCCs conventions have taken place and that have given the people a feeling of belongingness and motivation.
  • The several Residential Training  Program on SCCs have been very effective in convincing people about the nature, goals and  mechanisms of SCCs.

At the Region level:

  • Various diocesan animators come together and share their experiences and  success stories and keep net working, as a result  team spirit is built up among the animators.
  • The regional Bishops have accepted SCCs as a pastoral priority in their respective dioceses.
  • It gives much satisfaction to see Priests, Religious and Laity working as co- workers to build Kingdom of God through SCCs.
  • Modules are made available in regional languages.
  • Many dioceses have come forward to start SCCs in their dioceses. Several dioceses have appointed a part timer directors and even formed  a  Diocesan Team to promote the SCCs.
  • The Karnataka region is very well networking with the National  SCCS director and National Service Team (NST).
  • It is very much satisfying to see that people from other regions come to the dioceses of Karnataka for an exposure in the SCCs.


The History of SCCs in Mangalore diocese

SCC was initiated around the year 1986 when the Pastoral Institute of Bajjodi was set up. Fr. Alphonse D Lima guided a  couple of priests who took initiative in introducing SCC to the ongoing formation of the Junior clergy.

In the 1987 Diocesan Consultation, the entire diocese accepted SCC as the priority project for the mission of the laity. A detailed blue print was prepared, and priests were oriented about the nature, goals, and mechanisms of SCC. The diocese conducted a ten-day Lumko training program, using the necessary literature, charts, and lessons on Lumko methods produced by the Bombay Diocesan team.

In 1990, Fr. Arthur Pereira, the appointed director of the Pastoral Institute, set  the  SCC work in motion. He trained parish animators, translated many AsIPA books and Lumko lessons into the local language, Konkani and produced seven books, as well as four audio cassettes with the SCC songs.At a one-day training program at he parish level, attended by about 100 participants, the parish priest was recognized as one of the resources to ensure the continuity of SCC work. The systematic and sustained effort made by the different parishes created a tradition for SCC ministry.
In 2004, Fr. Gilbert DSouza took over as SCC director. In no time. The Karnataka Regional Pastoral Plan set up 16 commissions, SCC being one of them.

One strong component in the Mangalore SCCs is the three-day residential training camp, mostly taking place at the Pastoral Institute. Each training camp has an average of 50 participants, who would get an experience of community living along with theoretical knowledge.
Each SCC in Mangalore Diocese has a lay leader called gurkar, who, with the bishops approval, works for five years. One member of the Parish Central Committee is officially designed to represent the parish priest at SCC meetings.

At present, SCC meetings are held monthly, mostly on Sundays, with around 30 persons attending. The 7-step Gospel sharing method is regularly followed, with concrete service action of attending to the needs of the community members. Various ways are used to foster community building:  group games, cultural programs, exposure to other SCCs, and the annual SCC day celebration.

A full-time director ran the SCCs in the Mangalore Diocese from 1990 to 2010. Now there is a part time director, Fr. Walter D Souza who runs the SCCs in the diocese. Around 30 coordinators assist the director to implement their SCC plans. The Diocesan Animation Team (DAT) of 10 persons and   the Varado Animation Team (VAT) of 10 persons and the Parish Animation Team (PAT) of 8-10 persons are formed to handle the ongoing formation of leaders both at the parish and the SCC levels.

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ACTION PLAN  FOR  THE YEARS  2012-2014

 

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