By Fr Richard DSouza

Oct 3 : An interactive workshop on “Small Christian Community “was organized by Rev Fr Anil D Mello our dynamic, dedicated and enthusiastic Parish Priest in Neermarga Parish Hall recently. The sessions were spread over 3 days in the evenings from 5.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.

The Bible was solemnly enthroned every evening on all the three days at the opening of the sessions conveying the message that we must listen to Word of God and treasure it in our hearts before we can share its riches with one another.

The workshop was facilitated by Rev Dr Joachim Fernandes, Director Small Christian Community, Director Diocese of Mangalore enabled the participants to comprehend the meaning,history,duties ,the foundation text of the Small Christian Community Acts 2:42-47 -sharing and solidarity and attributes of Small Christian Community effectually explicated through Power Point Presentation, songs, problem solving and role plays. The seven steps of Gospel Sharing and group response methods to be adapted creatively to meet the needs of the community were described comprehensively and in an interesting manner through concrete examples and group discussions. Ways and means in which Small Christian Community could constantly grow in altruistic consciousness, fervour, commitment and zeal were dealt with using the Questioning and Discussion Techniques.

The end of this session was a new beginning for all of us. Therefore this remarkable, memorable and knowledgeable event was concluded by sharing of experiences by Mr Jerald ,Mrs Jacintha and vote of thanks was proposed by Mrs Lavina Saldanha Coordinator of Small Christian Community, Neermarga .

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