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Stepping Stones For Small Christian Communities In Kuwait

By Amira Peter
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Mumbai, Feb. 25.
Fr. Franco Pereira conducted the second and the third sessions of animation on Small Christian Communities (SCCs) for the St Therese Parish in the Northern Vicariate of Kuwait on February 07 and 21, 2013. It was attended by about fifty parishioners from across the parish.

Having paved the way for SCCs in the introductory presentation a couple of weeks ago, Fr. Franco conducted a ''stepping stones'' session on Thursday, 07 February. The session was aimed at familiarizing the Parishioners with the guidelines for conducting Small Christian Communities.

To ensure continued attendance at the SCCs, Fr. Franco highlighted the importance of being respectful of people's time and the need to stay within the framework of the program. He advised animators to be time-conscious by adhering to start and end times as also specific session timings.

He provided also the framework of conducting SCCs by presenting the seven steps of conducting SCCs. To better illustrate the process, Fr. Franco conducted a mock SCC session among the group based on the Sunday's Gospel reading.

Fr Franco formed groups of seven members and invited the participants to pray for thirty minutes using the seven step method. The Gospel text of Bartimaeus was offered as a text for prayer. When the prayer moments ended, all were called together for a feedback. It was evident at the feedback that every participant was enthused to begin SCC's in the parish.

The Stepping Stones session was concluded with a Vote of Thanks delivered by Fr. Joy and Fr. Blany. They thanked Fr. Franco profusely for continuing to guide and encourage our Parish in this new and meaningful endeavor!

''Because the Church is communion, the new 'basic communities', if they truly live in unity with the Church, are a true expression of communion and a means of construction of a more profound communion. They are thus cause for great hope for the life of the Church'' (Pope John Paul II,The Mission of the Redeemer, 51).
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