Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Induction of the Parish Pastoral Council

Induction of the PPC at Virar

By Loreen Fernandes

The newly-elected members of the Parish Pastoral Council of the Resurrection Church, Virar (E), were formally inducted at the 8.00 am Eucharist, on Sunday, March 6 by Fr. Lawrence D’souza, the newly appointed Rector and parish Priest, assisted by Fr. Blany Pinto.

Over the past 3 years, the parish team has rightly emphasized the pivotal role played by small Christian communities in creating leaders and sustaining a vibrant parish. We have 13 communities and each community is further divided into clusters consisting of 10 -15 families headed by a cluster leader. There are 13 community leaders and 38 cluster leaders. There are a number of cells/associations actively functioning in the parish. Each cell has 3 leaders which form the executive committee. All this has given an opportunity to the parishioners to blossom as leaders and they are extremely grateful to the parish team.

During the month of January and February, elections were conducted for the posts of community leaders and cluster leaders. The result of the process mentioned above is a ready willingness on the part of many individuals to volunteer for leadership posts in the parish, a phenomenon not witnessed earlier.

As the newly-inducted Parish pastoral council members pledged to be servant-leaders, modeled on the example of Christ, we wish them tenure of fruitful service.