Bishop’s Monthly Letter
My dear Fathers, We are still recovering from the shock and grief of the untimely and sudden demise of our brother in the Presbyterium, Fr.Nilanka Dias. Time and again I have been repeatedly reminding all of you of the importance of the regular health check up. Today all facilities are available to ensure that no one needs to face unexpected health issues as medical specialists are easily available and are able to diagnose not only life threatening illnesses but even the proneness to such illnesses. Through simple tests they can be diagnosed and treated. We owe it to the Lord and our faithful to look after our health as the life of a priest is so precious. The spontaneous and profuse grief of the people, of Nanuoya and other parishes, where Fr. Nilanka had served, was an ample demonstration of how much he was loved and appreciated by the faithful whom he served with such dedication and commitment. His gentle ways and missionary zeal endeared him to the poor people in the parishes where he served. May the Lord grant him the reward of His faithful servants.
We offer our heartfelt sympathies to Fr. Nilanka’s beloved parents and his only sister and her husband and children. As you know for our faithful specially in up country the “fortieth day” after the death marks the closing of the mourning period. A Memorial Holy Mass is being organized by the parish of Nanuoya on the 12th of March at 4 p.m. at St.Rita’s Church, Nanuoya.I will celebrate the memorial Mass and I invite all of you specially the priests of the Nuwara Eliya vicariate to concelebrate with me as it would be a great consolation for the parents and sister of Fr. Nilanka and the parishioners of Nanuoya.
The participation and enthusiasm of the members, of the Diocesan Pastoral Council, held on the 17th February was very encouraging as regards the implementation of the objectives of the theme for the year 2018,namely the “The year of deepening the faith of our people in view of becoming a missionary Church in the model of St.Joseph Vaz”.Please ensure that you make your detailed pastoral plan for the year with a time frame ,with the active participation of your parish pastoral councils and other Religious and lay representatives of every parish. At our Monthly Presbyteral meetings we shall listen to the parish plans and how they are being carried out. As usual, our Chrism Mass, with the renewal of our Priestly commitment, will take place on the 26th March (Monday of Holy Week) at our Cathedral. All priests, Diocesan and Religious, are expected to participate in this Holy Mass to renew their priestly commitment.
I, also, wish to remind all of you to organize ,with your brother-priests in the neighboring parishes, Institutions and Religious houses, Penitential celebrations, with sufficient priests for hearing Confessions, to enable our faithful to, meaningfully, receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation during Lent.
Kindly extend your fullest support to the Lenten Education programme in your parishes and Institutions as it helps very much to bring out, the true meaning of the season of Lent and our traditional Lenten devotions. I will be away in India from 16th March to the 23rd and in my absence the Vicar General will be the Administrator. May the season of Lent help all of us ,including our faithful and Religious, to be deeply renewed in our Christian Faith and commitment. I wish all of you a grace-filled Lent and a joyous Easter,
Bishop Vianney Fernando
Bishop of Kandy
Bishop’s Engagements for March
3rd- 3.30 p.m. – Language exam of the Deacon Harshan Miranda
8th – 10.00 am – Presbyteral Council meeting at Getambe
03.00 pm – Episcopal Council meeting at Getambe
11th – – The blessing of the new Chapel in Delta Estate, Gampola Parish
12th 04.00 pm – Memorial Holy Mass (fortieth day) at Nanuoya for the late Fr. Nilanka Dias
14th 09.30 am – Caritas Sri Lanka Board meeting at SEDEC
2.30 pm. – National Justice, Peace and Human Development
Commission meeting at SEDEC From
16th to 24 ` – Away in India
25th 3.30 pm – Easter Play organized by the Diocesan Media Centre
26th 5.00 pm – Cathedral, Kandy—Mass of Holy Chrism and renewal of Priestly
26th & 27th -Clergy Monthly Recollection at Lewella
29th to 31st – Sacred Triduum at the Cathedral
40th day Requiem Mass for the departed soul of
Fr. Nilanka Dias on the 12th March 2018 at
St. Rita’s Church, Nanu Oya at 4.00 p.m
Presided over by Bishop Vianney
MAY HIS SOUL REST IN PEACE
Mass of Holy Chrism & Renewal of
On the 26th March 2018
At St. Anthony’s Cathedral
At 5.00 pm
Holy Week / Easter Triduum Celebrations
Holy Week, which begins on the Sixth Sunday of Lent, now known as Palm Sunday or Passion Sunday, is to celebrate the Lord’s Passion beginning with his messianic entry into Jerusalem. The celebration of the Easter Triduum of the passion and resurrection of Christ at the end of Holy Week is the culmination of the entire liturgical year. The Triduum begins with the evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday, continues through his crucifixion on Good Friday and reaches its high point in the Easter Vigil; it closes with the evening prayer on Easter Sunday. The Triduum is one continuous celebration. This is underlined by the omission of a concluding rite on Holy Thursday and Good Friday. It’s as if the liturgies of these two days are saying to us, “We are not done yet. To be continued.” Here, Daniel Tay and Joyce Gan of Catholic News write on some aspects of the theology, rituals and other interesting features of the celebrations in a question-and-answer format. A woman touches the hand of Jesus on the cross in a mosaic of the 11th Station of the Cross along the Via Dolorosa in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. The church is built on the site traditionally accepted as the burial place of Christ. CNS photo
Palm / Passion Sunday
Q: Why are Palm Sunday and Passion Sunday celebrated on the same day? Before the Second Vatican Council, Passion Sunday was used to denote the Fifth Sunday of Lent in the liturgical calendar, which was then the start of a two-week sub-season called “Passiontide”. It used to be called the First Sunday of Passiontide, with the Second Sunday being Palm Sunday. “Passiontide” was suppressed in the 1969 liturgical calendar revision, which went into effect in 1970. Palm / Passion Sunday has two focal points. The first is the entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem just days before his arrest, trial and crucifixion. The second is the reading of the Passion Gospel.
Q: What is Palm Sunday all about? The liturgy for this day begins with an enactment of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, with palm branches waved by worshippers. Originally, the procession was separate from Mass, but was eventually attached to the beginning of the Eucharistic celebration. All four Gospels state that Jesus rode a colt into Jerusalem, where the people laid down their cloaks, along with small branches of trees, in front of him. Only John’s Gospel mentions palm leaves. The people are also described as singing part of Psalm 118 – “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord”, which is part of the processional hymn for the Jewish feast of Tabernacles.
Q: Why do we wave palms? As a symbol of triumph, the palms point us towards Christ’s resurrection and remind us of the saints in heaven “wearing white robes and holding palm branches in their hands” (Rev 7:9). The white robes remind us of baptismal garments, and the palms suggest their triumph over sin and death through the waters of baptism. In Jewish tradition, the palm branch is a symbol of triumph and victory. Hence, the scene of the crowd greeting Jesus by waving palms and carpeting his path with them has given the Christian celebration its name. Carrying palms in procession goes all the way back to the Old Testament (Lev 23:40).
Q: What happens to the leftover palms from Palm Sunday? They are saved and burned to make the ashes for the next Ash Wednesday. The palms, which symbolize triumph, and the ashes, which symbolize death and penitence, form a great symbolic connection between suffering and victory.
Q: What is Passion Sunday? The second part of the Mass focuses on the Cross and Passion of Christ. Passion Sunday memorializes the increasing hatred against Christ from those who would not accept him.
Q: What is the significance of the Gospel reading used? Why do we take the role of the crowd that calls for Jesus’ crucifixion? The Gospel reading for the day is the Passion Gospel (from Luke this year). Sometimes it is read by several readers, with the priest taking the part of Jesus and the congregation taking the part
Q: What is Holy Thursday? Holy Thursday celebrates the institution of the Eucharist and the priesthood. At this, his last meal with his disciples to celebrate the Passover, the time when God delivered Moses and the people from slavery in Egypt, Jesus offered himself as the Passover Victim. The evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper commemorates four main events – the washing of the disciples’ feet by Jesus Christ, the institution of the Holy Eucharist at the Last Supper, the agony of Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane and the betrayal of Christ by Judas. Catholics also celebrate and focus on the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Mass is not celebrated again in the church until the Easter Vigil that proclaims the resurrection. On this day, a special Mass is celebrated (in the morning in the Singapore Archdiocese), which is attended by the priests of the diocese to observe the institution of the priesthood. At this Chrism Mass the bishop blesses the oils used by the church throughout the year in its liturgy. (There is an abundance of symbolism in the liturgical celebration of the events of Holy Thursday. For many centuries, the Last Supper of Our Lord has inspired great works of art and literature, such as Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Last Supper” in the 15th century.)
Q: Why is Holy Thursday also called Maundy Thursday? The word “Maundy” is derived from the first word of the Latin phrase, “Mandatum novum do vobis ut diligatis invicem sicut dilexi vos” (A new commandment I give unto you, that you love one another as I have loved you). Jesus exemplified the significance of this teaching to his disciples by his action of washing their feet.
Q: What is “the washing of feet”? A priest or bishop (representing Christ) ceremonially washes the feet of typically 12 persons chosen as a cross-section of the community. They will be seated before the congregation. The priest goes to each, pours water over each one’s feet and dries them. The rite usually takes place after the Gospel reading of how Christ washed the feet of his 12 Apostles and it highlights the importance of humility and service. “Washing of feet” appears to be part of the hospitality customs of Jesus’ time. Typically, the host would provide water for guests to wash their feet, or ask a servant to wash the feet of the guests. This is mentioned in several places in the Old Testament of the Bible (e.g. Gen 18:4; 19:2; 24:32; 43:24; 1 Sam 25:41), as well as in other religious and historical documents.
Q: What is the Altar of Repose and what is it used for? The Altar of Repose is an altar where the Communion Host, consecrated at Mass on Holy Thursday, is reserved until the following day, Good Friday. At Mass on Holy Thursday, two hosts are consecrated; after the consumption of the first, the second is placed in a chalice, which is covered with a pall and inverted paten; over these is placed a white veil, tied with a ribbon. This remains on the corporal in the centre of the altar till the end of Mass, when it is carried in solemn procession to the Altar of Repose. This host is reserved for Good Friday service, when there is no Mass. The Holy Thursday service concludes with the stripping of all altars except the Altar of Repose.
Q: Why is the main altar stripped? Since the altar symbolizes Christ, the “stripping of the altar” symbolizes the abandonment of Jesus by his disciples and the stripping of Jesus by the soldiers prior to his crucifixion. This represents the humiliation of Jesus and the consequences of sin as a preparation for the celebration of new life and hope that is to come on Easter.
Q: Do we genuflect on Holy Thursday or bow? Catholics genuflect on one knee to the tabernacle where consecrated hosts are kept each time they are in church. The same is done on Holy Thursday until the consecrated hosts are removed from the tabernacle and kept in the Altar of Repose. After that, there should be no genuflection to the tabernacle as Christ is not there anymore. Since Catholic piety has made Holy Thursday a day of exceptional devotion to the Blessed Sacrament, the faithful can bow or kneel on both knees at the Altar of Repose and to adore the Blessed Sacrament too.
Good Friday Q: Why is Good Friday called ‘Good’ if Jesus died on this day? The church uses the word “Good” to show that Christ has died to liberate everyone from sin, and that suffering and death are not pointless. It is also called “Good” because it shows forth the absolute goodness of God on our behalf.
Q: Why is there a service but no Mass? What’s the difference? No true Mass is celebrated on this day. The service of Good Friday is called the “Mass of the Presanctified”. It is not a true Mass because no consecration takes place. In the Mass of the Pre- sanctified, Communion which has already been consecrated on Holy Thursday is given to the people. The omission of the prayer of consecration deepens our sense of loss because Mass throughout the year reminds us of the Lord’s triumph over death, the source of our joy and blessing. The desolate quality of the rites of this day reminds us of Christ’s humiliation and suffering during his Passion. We can see that the parts of the Good Friday service correspond to the divisions of Mass: â€¢ Liturgy of the Word – reading of the Passion â€¢ Veneration of the Cross â€¢ Communion, or the “Mass of the Pre-sanctified”
Q: Why do we venerate the cross? In the seventh century, the church in Rome adopted the practice of the adoration of the cross from the church in Jerusalem, where a fragment of wood believed from the Lord’s cross had been venerated every year on Good Friday since the fourth century. According to tradition, a part of the Holy Cross was discovered by St. Helen, mother of the emperor Constantine, on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem in 326. A fifth century account describes this service in Jerusalem: A coffer of gold-plated silver containing the word of the cross was brought forward. The bishop placed the relic on a table in the chapel of the crucifixion and the faithful approached it, touching brow and eyes and lips to the wood as the priest said (as every priest has done ever since): “Behold, the wood of the cross.” Veneration of an image or representation of Christ’s cross does not mean that we actually adore the material image, of course, but rather what it represents. In kneeling before the crucifix and kissing it, we are paying the highest honour to the Lord’s cross as the instrument of our salvation. Because the cross is inseparable from his sacrifice, in reverencing his cross we, in effect, adore Christ. Thus we affirm: “We adore thee, O Christ, and we bless you because by your Holy Cross, you have redeemed the world.” Q: Why is the lamp beside the tabernacle unlit on Good Friday? This sanctuary lamp (or altar lamp) that continually burns before the tabernacle is kept alight to indicate and honour the presence of Christ. On Good Friday the tabernacle is empty, hence an unlit lamp indicates that Christ is not present in the tabernacle. This symbolizes the darkness of sin.
Q: What is the Easter Vigil? The Easter Vigil celebrates the resurrection of Christ Traditionally, the Easter Vigil is held between sunset on Holy Saturday and sunrise on Easter Sunday. It is considered the first celebration of Easter Day. Historically, it is at this vigil where adult catechumens are initiated into full communion with the church.
Q: What is the significance of the Easter Vigil? The Catholic Church considers the Easter Vigil the most important Mass of the liturgical year. At this Mass, the word “Alleluia” is first used to rejoice since Lent started.
Q: What takes place at the Easter Vigil? There are four main parts in the celebration – the Service of Light, the Liturgy of the Word, Christian Initiation and the Renewal of Baptismal Vows and the Holy Eucharist.
Q: What is the Service of the Light? The Service of the Light marks the beginning of the celebration of Easter Vigil. Where possible, the faithful gather outside the church after sunset where a fire is blessed by the celebrant. ThisAll baptized Catholics (those who have received the “Light of Christ”) present then receive the fire lit from the paschal candle. This symbolic “Light of Christ” spreads through the congregation as one candle after another is lit. Once the candle has been placed on its stand in the sanctuary, the lights in the church are switched on and the assembly extinguish their candles for Mass to begin.
Q: What is uniquely symbolic about the paschal candle? The paschal candle displays the Greek letters alpha and omega (the beginning and the end), and the year at its base. There are also five grains of incense embedded into it to represent the five wounds of Jesus Christ (the nails in each hand and foot, as well as the spear in the side).
Q: How is the Liturgy of the Word at Easter Vigil different from ordinary Mass? The Liturgy of the Word at Easter Vigil consists of seven readings from the Old Testament and two from the New Testament. The account of the Israelites’ crossing of the Sea of Reeds is given particular attention in the readings since this event is at the centre of the Jewish Passover, which Christians believe Christ’s death and resurrection is the fulfilment of. Each reading is followed by a psalm and a prayer relating what has been read in the Old Testament to the Mystery of Christ. After these readings conclude, the Easter Vigil proper is finished and the Mass of the Resurrection begins.
Q: Why are converts baptized at the Easter Vigil? As Easter Vigil celebrates Christ’s resurrection from death to life and bringing light into the world, the converts are the new life that God has brought through Jesus’ death and resurrection to individual believers. This important emphasis on the continuity of the church with the Old Testament readings at the Liturgy of the Word bear witness to God’s ongoing work in history to define the nature of the church and its mission in the world.
Q: What is the significance of the converts being clothed in white garments? The clothing of the white garment symbolizes the convert’s new life in Christ. (It is also the origin of the tradition of buying new clothes at Easter.
Taken From : The Catholic News
• Make sure it is God’s trumpet you are blowing- if it is only yours it won’t wake the dead, it will simply disturb the neighbours .
• It is not too much to say that the preacher who loves to be before the public is hardly prepared spiritually to be before them.
• Popularity has killed more prophets than persecution.
• If you want to warm a church, put a stove in the pulpit.
• The church is looking for better methods; God is looking for better men.
• When you shoot over their heads, all you prove is that you are a poor aim.
• If a preacher can interest a child with his sermon, he can interest an apostle.
• A preacher may lose God in his sermon.
• One day of preaching (Day of Pentecost) was preceded by ten days of praying. Our pattern is oftentimes- one day of praying precedes ten days of preaching.
• Before you speak about God, you must speak to God.
• My test of the worth of a preacher is when his congregation go away saying, not, what a lovely sermon, but, I will do something. • I should rejoice to hear any one of my congregation saying, ‘I forgot who preached, I felt so much the influence of the truths he preached.
• Preach not because you have to say something, but because you have something to say”.
• Put more fire into your sermons or put more sermons into the fire.
• God’s grace can do anything without ministers’ preaching; but ministers’ preaching can do nothing without God’s grace.
• A preacher should know four things- his time, his Bible, his God and himself.
Sent by Fr. Bala Rajendram
Want to Keep the Weight Off? Eat More Slowly
Instead of gulping your food, try eating more slowly. It may help you drop those unwanted pounds, a new study by Japanese researchers suggests, and it also helpful avoiding snacks after-dinner and eating anything in the two hours before you go to bed, the researchers said. The study linked those simple changes to a smaller waist, and lower rates of obesity and overweight. Compared with people who gobbled their food, those who ate at a normal speed were 29 percent less likely to be obese. But those who ate slowly were up to 42 percent less likely to be obese. In addition, slow eaters tended to be healthier and to have a healthier lifestyle than those who ate quickly or at a normal speed.
They were led by Dr. Haruhisa Fukuda from the Department of Health Care Administration and Management at Kyushu University Graduate School of Medical Sciences in Fukuoka, Japan.
Dr. David Katz, director of the Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center in Derby, Conn., also the president of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, stressed that eating is a characteristic of a more mindful approach. Food choice is more conscious, and eating is appreciated for quality rather than just quantity, he said. “Avoiding food in the hours just before sleep also suggests a more thoughtful approach to diet that involves some reasonable constraints,”
Snacking after dinner and eating within two hours of going to sleep also were linked to changes in weight. Skipping breakfast was not. Previous research has linked eating quickly to impaired glucose tolerance and insulin resistance.
The study suggested that this might be because fast eaters consume more food before feeling full. Slow eaters, however, become aware of feeling full before they’ve consumed too much. “Slow eating has its pros and a few cons,” said Samantha Heller, a senior clinical nutritionist at New York University Medical Center in New York City. On the one hand, slow eating gives our bodies time to register a sense of satisfaction and fullness, so we tend to eat less, she said.
Research suggests that slow eaters consume fewer calories, have increased feelings of fullness and a decreased sense of hunger.” On the other hand, the longer some people linger with food in front of them, the more they eat, she said. “That said, speed eating appears to be far more deleterious.”
“People who speed eat, as many of us do, scarf down far more calories than they need.” Eating quickly has been associated with a higher risk for obesity, cardiovascular disease and metabolic syndrome, Heller said. “In many European countries, slow eating is a way of life,” she said. Thus, we need to encourage a cultural shift to adopting an approach of slower eating and a true enjoyment of food.”
Taken From : Medicine.net (Medical News, 2018 Health Day)
Sent by: Fr. Jayanath Perera
FEDERATION OF ASIAN BISHOPS’ CONFERENCESOFFICE OF HUMAN DEVELOPMENT SEMINAR ON GLOBAL SOCIAL ECONOMY AND IMPACT OF CLIMATE CHANGE ON THE FAMILY (with Specific Reference to Amoris Laetitia in Asian context) Bangkok, 8-13 January 2018
Final Statement [ Introduction ]
We, 45 participants from Bangladesh, France, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan and Thailand, gathered in the Baan Phu Waan Pastoral Training Center (Bangkok, Thailand) from 8 to 13 January 2018 to reflect on the global social economy and the impact of climate change on the family in the light of Amoris Laetitia. This seminar was organized by the Office on Human Development of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences in collaboration with the Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Thailand and the Asia-Pacific Justice and Peace Workers Network. Coming from diverse cultures and working in various capacities in justice and peace, family and life, human development, we salute the People of God in Asia and, with the Holy Father, Pope Francis, we “thank God that many families, which are far from considering themselves perfect, live in love, fulfill their calling and keep moving forward, even if they fall many times along the way” (Amoris Laetitia 57).
[ Seeing ] We began by visiting communities in Sampran (Thailand) already living out creative solutions to injustice, inequality and lack of harmony: producers’ cooperatives, organic farming and religiously motivated communities. We see them as examples of sustainable development and ecologically responsible communities that live out the principles of solidarity, subsidiarity, participatory democracy. They show us that the transformation of the liquid or market economy to a social economy is possible, as envisioned by Pope Francis.
[ Judging ] Now the company of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things which he possessed was his own, but they had everything in common. And with great power the apostles gave their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. There was not a needy person among them, for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the proceeds of what was sold and laid it at the apostles’ feet; and distribution was made to each as any had need (Acts: 4:32-35).
In our times, an analysis and reflection of ecological issues are of very much importance because many dangers of climate change to the environment, such as global warming, depletion of the natural resources of the earth and an excess of energy consumption, are having a negative impact on the economic and social lives of our families in Asia. On 01 Sept 2016, on the occasion of the Celebration of the World Day of Prayer and the Care of Creation, Pope Francis said: “The world’s poor, though least responsible for climate change are most vulnerable and already suffering its impact”. He is convinced that the social market economy on a global scale would not only foster the principles of subsidiarity, but also help us to restore human dignity and bring about a greater equality among peoples
2.To continue fostering a culture of hope, solidarity and care – especially among the young – that welcomes the advances in technology and the human sciences, and uses them to serve the Asian family, to promote harmony, and to care for the Earth.
3. To support the establishment of cooperatives, mutual aid societies and similar incarnations of the social economy.
[ Recommendations ] In order to operationalize the recommendations of the XI FABC Plenary Assembly, we highly recommend the following to the FABC – OHD:
To hold joint regional and national consultations and workshops that would study the obstacles and opportunities offered by current national laws and local customs as well as the historical and cultural context of evangelization in order to arrive at relevant approaches and realistic strategies.
To conduct follow-up workshops and monitor the implementation of the resolutions and recommendations. Increase the opportunities for the participation of women and consecrated persons, and for sharing among the participants.
To support the establishment of cooperatives, mutual aid societies and similar forms of the social economy. d. To promote the spiritual formation of the youth and their active participation in civil society in favor of the common good, the upliftment of the poor and the transformation of social structures. [ Gratitude ] From the depths of our hearts, we thank Missio Aachen, our partners and benefactors, for making this seminar possible. Their generosity inspires us to continue our task of promoting integral human development and caring for the Earth, our common home. May the good Lord bless them and reward them for all that they do.
Sent By : Rev. Fr. Nandana Manatunga
Kandy Diocesan Pastoral Council – 17.02.2018
1.Towards Children At the Sunday school- specific time to be allocated in order to impart knowledge on Christian values and learn the prayers.
2. For Adults During this Year of St. Joseph vaz – Statues to be taken to the houses in every parish- Praying the Novena and litany.
Economical Constraints Modern Information
Technology, Insufficient knowledge on St. Joseph Vaz (in some places-peripheries)
Most of the faithful do not take up responsibilities in church activities
(indifference) not providing opportunities for the laity to take up leadership
Distance to travel to church
(transport) Intruding of fundamentalists Social Awareness programmes are not conducted sufficiently, Least interest shown in forming new leaders / discipleship programmes conducted. Lack of cordiality among the parishioners
Assets: Parish Priest, Assistant Parish Priest, Religious and Catechists
Challenges Lack of involvement of religious in the parish activities.
Sunday School – To Improve knowledge of the children
Visiting the sick by the catechists
The members of the pious association to visit the families, the sick and the aged.
Conduct retreats for different age groups Conduct discipleship programmes Provide medical assistance to the poor
K D P C – 17. 02.2018
Proposals in general
Forming new Lay Leaders / discipleship programmes to be conducted.
knowledge on St. Joseph Vaz in periperies
More members to be recruited for the church activities – to recruit new members ( Parish Priests to take interest by extending invitation to the parishioners ).
Provide more opportunities for leadership programmes for the laity.
Parish pious association to be improved spiritually to cater to the needs of the poor, lonely etc
Social Awareness programmes to be conducted.
Sunday School – To Improve the knowledge of the children with Christian values.
The members of the pious association to visit the families, the sick and the aged.
At the Sunday school, some time to be allocated to impart knowledge on Christian values and learn the prayers, spend some time in the presence of the Most Blessed Sacrament. .
Lack of awareness on social economic problems in plantation areas
Lack of knowledge and experience in prayers/praying
Economic constrains among Youth
Modern communication equipment and facilities (Cell Phone, Face Book, Internet, Bluetooth etc..)-
Lack of knowledge about St.Joseph Vaz in some areas of the Parish
Lack of Commitment and forwardness in Church activities and not giving equal opportunities for participation
Lack of inter personal relationship among parishioners
Distances from the church to the residence of the people, transport facilities
Encroachment by the fundamentalists
Not getting the support from the religious congregations available in the parish
Lack of Lay leaders formation diocesan level
Organise a Resource team (Trainers) for a parish or group of Parishes. Conduct relevant awareness session on needs
Allocate 15 minutes in every Sunday Class for developing positive attitudes and give opportunity to pray and conduct prayer sessions
Conduct carrier guidance programs for School leavers of OL and AL soon after they set for the exams by the Parish Resource Team
Conduct practical awareness sessions by using modern technology. In Sunday classes, Meetings, Information sharing etc.
Identify people/area and conduct awareness programs on ST. Joseph Vaz in the respective place/area
Develop plans with specific objective for Apostolic associations encouraging more participation. Follow up the plan in implementation
House visits, Taking statue of St.Joseph Vaz. Conduct special activities where people can come to gather. Sports, Games, Cultural events, Visits etc.
Assign different association to a particular area where they have less interaction with the main church. Develop specific objectives for such visits. (house visits, meeting people
Organize regular house visits to such areas by different associations in the parish
Negotiate with the religious congregations and if possible give specific tasks
Identify program and inform relevant Diocesan Directors
06th – Tue – Rev. Fr. Valentine Ekanayake, OSB
17th – Sat – Very Rev. Fr. Anthony Fernando
19th – Mon – Rev. Fr. Surendra Pragash
03rd – Sat – Rev. Fr. A. L. Abeysekera
11th – Sun – Rev. Fr. Theophane Wickramaratne, OSB
15th – Thu – Rev. Bro. Sandanam Simeon
17th – Sat – Rev. Fr. Gabriel Fernando
19th – Mon – Rev. Fr. D. Paul Perera
– Rev. Fr. D. H. Letin, OSB
24th – Sat – Rev. FR. Robert M Perera, OSB
A Gentle Reminder
To all the Parish Priests, Superiors of the Institutions:
1. Annual statistics – as at 31st December 2017 Please be good enough to forward the above details at your earliest. It is urgent
To all the Parish Priests :
2. Parish statistics – as at 31st December 2017 Kindly send the above statistics before the 15th March 2018, along with the family details