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Family Apostolate Programmes:


To create a new meaningful Christian family life is the basic aim of the family Apostolate programme of our Diocese. Society is undergoing vast changes now-a-days. The Mass media � the television, the radio, the cinema, the periodicals etc. � all these are making deep inroads into the social structure and family life of our people. The youth fall easy prey to materialism, atheism and other harmful modern ideologies. Alcholism and drugs pose great dangers to our youth. It is upto the workers of the family apostolate to counter these evil impacts and strive to restore family life to Christian values. To save the youth from dangers to their faith and morals, they are to be conscientised and well formed in the light of the Gospel and the teachings of the Church. Thus the aim of the Family Apostolate programme is to restore the family to its pivotal position, so that it will be able to carry out its noble mission that God has entrusted it with.

Working Pattern
(a) Family Apostolate activities are being implemented in an organized manner for the past five years in this diocese by creating a family apostolate Secretariat, with a priest as its director, two co-ordinators and a volunteer Diocesan core-team of 10 faculty members. The core team has to travel distances of 40 kms, and more by public transport to reach the various parishes on Saturdays and Sundays.
(b) The family apostolate activities in the past have included. Seminars for married couples, pre-marital training for youth, value oriented family life education for students in High Schools and Colleges, and family counseling. The following subjects have been discussed in these courses and seminars:
(1) Spirituality of marriage and sacredness of sex
(2) Psychology of men and women
(3) Problems in married life
(4) Family prayer
(5)Family life continuous education programme.


Family Apostolate Programmes: Already in Force
1. Marriage Preparation Seminar
2. Seminar for couples
3. Value Education at High School level and Higher Secondary School level
4. Family Counselling clinic
5. Pro-life seminars in the parish and Forane Leval
6. Marian Widows Movement in the Parish and Forane leval
Marian Widows' Movement
A movement initiated in relation to the Family-up bringing programme of the Diocese. Widows' gathering, sharing and prayer in common are the chief motives of this movement. It will help them to mutually support and to be free from loneliness.
Director - Rev. Fr. Anil Jose
Co-ordinator - Smt. Sheela Antony
President - Smt. Cicily Antony

Secretary - Smt. Treesa Francis

  a. Get old-age pension from the Government
  b. Financial help for the children of widows
  c. Medical aid
  d. Housing aid
  e. Self-Job aid
  f. Education aid
  Total No. of members registered : 1500

Parish Units : 30

(7) Marriage Jubilee- Celebrations at Forane Level
(8) Retreat, Youth Seminar, Medical Camp. Aids Programmes
(9) Marriage Bureau
(10) Enrichment Seminars for the married couples.

Development Plan

The family Apostolate Secretariat is located in the Bishop Cathalani Centre at Kollam. By expanding the administrative apparatus and with adequate financial support it is proposed:
(a)To build up a Core of trained and dedicated staff and volunteers at the Centre
(b)To expand the present volunteer � core team to 30 members with Professors, Doctors, Sisters and Nurses.
(c)This volunteer's core team could train the parish core-team members inorder to arrange courses and seminars at the Forane and Parish levels.
This expansion scheme has the following aims:

(1) To provide education in family life to couples, youth and students so that they can understand family life according to the values and teaching of the church.

(2) To create an awareness of the importance of family life in the modern world.
(3) To foster respect for life, especially the unborn
(4) To uphold family values
(5) To increase the number of happy and successful marriages
(6) To have an improved knowledge of the social teachings of the Church.



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