Circular 04 - Malankara Catholic Suvisesha Sangham

posted Dec 27, 2016, 8:47 PM by Department of Catechesis   [ updated Dec 27, 2016, 9:01 PM ]

MCSS / 2016 / 04

10 November 2016

Dear Rev. Fathers, Rev. Sisters and Members of Malankara Catholic Suvisesha Sangham,

Prayerful Greetings from the Suvisesha Sangham – Exarchate of St Ephrem!

As most of you are well aware, I have been advised to take minimum two months bed-rest for my broken leg to heal properly. At present, I am in Khadki at my residence and will be co-ordinating the responsibilities with the help of those who are in the lead in various departments. I wholeheartedly thank each one of you for your earnest prayers and sincere concern towards me when things went haywire at least for a few days. I am getting better now and please do continue your prayers for me.

Suvisesha Sangham in the Exarchate is fully functional now. The monthly formation programmes in the five Ecclesiastical Districts of the Exarchate – Pune, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai and Hyderabad is in full swing now. Once in three months, a team from the Church level is conducting the formation programme in each District. Formation of Parish level Suvisesha Sangham is in its final stage. It is the result of the ardent commitment and generous heart of the Sabhathala Suvisesha Sangham members and District Level Suvisesha Sangham members along with Reverend Fathers and Sisters from each District.

When we are blessed with all India jurisdiction with the formation of the Eparchy of Gurgaon and Exarchy of Khadki, it becomes our responsibility to preach the Good News in the six Southern States of India and to take care of the poor and downtrodden in these areas. Suvisesha Sangham plays a vital role in keeping alive the spirit of evangelization and moving around for taking care of the needy. So we need more and more Sabhathala Suvisesha Sangham members who can wholeheartedly spend their time and energy for this gracious mission in the Exarchate.

In order to prepare a group of people, who are genuinely interested and divinely called, to take up this challenge, the Malankara Syrian Catholic Church has begun Sabhathala Suvisesha Sangham in the Church. Those who aspire to become a member of this Sangham should go through a serious training process in the Church level at the Catholicate Centre, Pattom. The training programme comprises of 6 modules of 3 to 4 days each. Attendance in all the 6 modules is compulsory in order to receive kaiveppu as the Suvisesha Sangham member in the Church level.

The formation of the Fifth Batch of the Sabhathala Suvisesha Sangham commences on 5 January 2017. The Executive Director of Suvisesha Sangham (Church level) expects more participation from the Exarchate in this Batch. So, I do hereby request all Respected Vicars to forward the names of those who wish to be a part of Malankara Catholic Suvisesha Sangham (Church level) in the Fifth batch. The names should be sent through email on or before 22 November 2016 with the address, the phone number and the email id of corresponding persons.

The Vicars have to take note of the following things when choosing a candidate for Church level Suvisesha Sangham.

They should have

  • an orientation to gospel life style
  • strong commitment to gospel mission
  • good acceptance in the Parish / Community
  • leadership qualities
  • enough time to participate in the formation programmes
  • time to go for gospel proclamation as and when required
  • to attend Formation Programme of 4 days each at 6 regular intervals from January 2017 to July 2018 at Catholicate Centre, Trivandrum.  

A screening of the candidates will be done by the Apostolic Exarch, His Excellency Thomas Mar Anthonios. The selected candidates will be informed directly by Fr. Antony Kakkanatt, the Executive Secretary of Suvisesha Sangham.

In the meantime, all the Vicars are requested to give the names of two persons from each Parish who can represent and lead the Parish in the immediate activities of Suvisesha Sangham. Kindly forward the names together with their phone numbers and emails to the email id on or before 22 November 2016.

Wish you all the blessings and fruits of the Advent Season!

Yours in Christ Jesus,

Fr Varghese Valikkodath

Director of Suvisesha Sangham