Circular 04 - Directorate of Exarchial Commissions

posted Jul 30, 2016, 6:47 AM by Department of Catechesis   [ updated Jul 30, 2016, 6:58 AM ]

DEC / 2016 / 04

21 July 2016


Dear Rev. Fathers, Sisters and Members of MCYM, MCA and Mathrusangham,

Prayerful Greetings from the Exarchial Commissions – Exarchate of St Ephrem, Khadki-Pune!

Let me, first of all, thank and appreciate everyone who have actively taken part in the Exarchial MCYM Annual Senate Meeting held on 30 April 2016 and Exarchial MCA-Mathrusangham Assembly on 18 June 2016. Most of the District Committees have already submitted their Yearly Plan to the Directorate. I request the remaining Districts to forward their Yearly Plan as early as possible through email or by post. A brief Report of each event has to be sent to the Directorate along with Photos within a week of the Programme. This will help us to compile the Exarchial Commission News in the Ephremite.

Relaunching of Mar Ivanios Prayer Ladder

The Pastoral Council of the Exarchate held in May 2016 had suggested to relaunch the Mar Ivanios Prayer Ladder in the Exarchate. As you are aware, MIPL was an active Prayer Ministry in the erstwhile MCC ETRI. It was envisaged by His Excellency Jacob Mar Barnabas, the then Apostolic Visitator to MCC ETRI, to pray for the Cause of Canonization of Mar Ivanios Thirumeni and to pray through his intercession for the intentions sent from the Prayer Ladder. The details of MIPL is attached with this Circular in the formula of a Registration Form.

Mar Ivanios Prayer Ladder is officially relaunched on 17 July 2016 at St Mary’s Malankara Catholic Church, Hennur-Bangalore during the Mar Ivanios Day celebrations in Bangalore. The District-wise inauguration will take place in Chennai on 23 July 2016 and in Hyderabad, Pune and Mumbai on 24 July 2016 during the Mar Ivanios Day celebrations in these districts. The Prayer Ladder is open for all the members of MCYM, MCA and Mathrusangham. In due course, we can extend it to MCCL too. The working arrangement of the Prayer Ladder has to be evolved from ourselves once we are done with the membership drive. The Office-Bearers of MCYM, MCA and Mathrusangham share the responsibility to co-ordinate MIPL in all the Parishes. Detailed information regarding MIPL will be communicated to at the earliest.

Initiation of  Prabodhanam,  the Faith Formation  Programme of MCA and Mathrusangham

The Joint Exarchial Assembly of MCA and Mathrusangham held on 18 June 2016 had decided to initiate a regular faith formation programme for the members of MCA and Mathrusangham in the Parish level. According to this decision and with the suggestion of His Excellency Thomas Mar Anthonios, the Apostolic Exarch, we are introducing Prabodhanam, a monthly faith formation programme for MCA and Mathrusangham members. The official inauguration of Prabodhanam was held on 17 July 2016 at St Mary’s Malankara Church, Hennur-Bangalore during the Mar Ivanios Day celebration in Bangalore. His Excellency Thomas Mar Anthonios officially handed over the Syllabus for Prabodhanam 2016 – ’17. The District-wise inauguration will take place along with the relaunching of MIPL.

The Syllabus comprises of selected lessons from Class XI and XII of Malankara Catholic Catechism Texts. Rev. Brothers from Bethany Ashram and Papal Seminary will co-ordinate this faith formation programme in the Parishes of Pune District. Rev. Sisters are requested to co-ordinate the classes in other Parishes of the Exarchate. Any help in this regard will be available from the Directorate as and when required. 

Details of the Office Bearers of all Parishes

The name, phone number and email id of all Office Bearers of Parish and District levels are required in the Directorate in order to communicate directly and in time. So I request the Secretaries of all Organizations in the Parish level to forward these details to the corresponding Secretaries in the District level and in turn the District level Secretaries will forward to the Exarchial level Secretaries. The Exarchial level Secretary of MCYM, MCA and Mathrusangham is bound to forward the consolidated details to the Directorate of Exarchial Commissions latest by 1 August 2016.

A copy of the Consolidated Proposals for MCA and Mathrusangham 2016 – ’17 is attached herewith. Kindly take this into consideration whenever you visualize a programme either in the Parish or in the District.    

Wish you all the blessings of the Feasts of Bethany and John Vianney!

Yours in Christ Jesus, 

Fr Varghese Valikkodath

Co-ordinator of Exarchial Commissions