Suvisesha Sangham Formation Programme at Mumbai

posted Mar 21, 2017, 9:28 PM by Department of Catechesis   [ updated Mar 21, 2017, 9:29 PM ]

Suvisesha Sangham Formation Session at Mumbai District level was conducted at St. Mary’s Church, Sakinaka on 12 March 2017. The programme began with Morning Prayer at 7 am followed by con-celebration of Holy Qurbono by Rev. Frs. Antony Kakkanatt, Kurian Thondukuzhiyil and Philip Pulipra.

After breakfast, the Sessions started at 10.15 am with songs and prayers. Fr. Antony Kakkanatt, the Executive Secretary of Malankara Catholic Suvisesha Sangham started the class in continuation on the topic of ‘Christianity is a race and fight’ from where he had stopped during his earlier class on 20 November 2017. One has to nail his likes, desires and interests and carry his cross if one wants to be with Jesus. If one surrenders everything to God, He will take care of the remaining. One has to wash his heart clean of wickedness so that he may be saved (Jer. 4:14).

Fr. Antony delved on the subject of faith of ancestors like Abel, Henoch, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses etc. (Heb.11). We are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, so let us lay aside every weight and sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking up to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter.

Fr. Antony also touched the subject of sufferings. God allows sufferings in our life for our betterment and spiritual growth. If we accept our sufferings as virtues and graces, it will be good for us and others.

The second half after lunch was used for the spiritual exercise of ‘Lectio Divina’ i.e. Divine reading. Fr. Antony read out a Bible portion and explained its inner meanings. Then half of the members individually made a sharing on the verses that touched them and the other half individually made prayers out of the portion read out.

It was announced by Fr. Antony that ‘kaiveppu’ of the Suvisesha Sangham members of MumbaI District shall be conducted on 18 June 2017 and he exhorted all members to spiritually prepare themselves for the same.

The programme ended by 4.45 pm with prayer and blessing by Fr. Antony.