Family Commission
 
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Bp. Mar Sebastian Adayanthrath
Chairman

Bp. Joshua Mar Ignathios
Vice Chairman

Bp. Joseph Karikkassery
Vice Chairman

Rev. Fr. Paul Madassery
Secretary

Rev. Fr. George Thomas Kochuvilayil
Joint Secretary

Rev. Fr. Antony John Puliparambil
Joint Secretary

Rev. Fr. Joseph Kollakompil
Joint Secretary


DEPARTMENT OFFICE BEARERS
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Rev. Fr. Paul Madassery
President
Pro_Life Samithy

George F. Xavier
General Secretary
Pro_Life Samithy

Ms. Mary Maleparambil
President
Marian Singles


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FAMILY COMMISSION

The KCBC Family Commission is an important Commission under the gifted guidance of Kerala Catholic Bishops Cuncil (KCBC). It is constituted to promote and support marriage and family life at different stages and at all levels, in all its aspects. It is mainly done at the centre level by coordinating, networking, encouraging and supporting the Diocesan Family Apostolate activities.

Currently, the Commission is headed by Bishop Mar Sebastian Edayanthrath as the Chairman and Rt. Rev. Dr. Varghese Chakkalakal and Bishop Dr. Philipose Mar Stephanose as the Vice Chairmen. Big thanks to Rev. Fr. Jose Kottayil who had been the Secretary to the KCBC Family Commission for the last 11 Years. From August 2015 onwards Rev.Fr. Paul Madassery is the Secretary to the Family Commission.  Rev. Fr. Joseph Venmanath, Rev. Fr. John Puliparambil and Rev. Fr. Joseph Kollakompil, representing the three individual Churches in Kerala, are the Joint Secretaries.

According to its statutes, given and promulgated on 15th August 1997, its aim and objective, i.e. Vision and Mission, is to promote whatever would contribute for the renewal and enrichment of family life. The Commission strives:

 

-to foster spiritual development and total well- being of the families

-to promote respect for life in all its forms and stages

-to study, plan and implement family welfare programmes in collaboration with the 
  Government and other voluntary agencies

-to publish books and periodicals and   

 -to co-ordinate, guide and help the family renewal activities in the Dioceses

   

The Catholic Church in Kerala, with the three individual Churches and 31 Dioceses, is divided into five geographical zones for effective functioning of this Ministry. They are:

(i).Thiruvananthapuram zone : Thiruvanthapuram Malankara Major
     Archdiocese, Latin Archdiocese, Neyyattinkara, Punalur, Kollam, Mavelikkara
      and Pathanamthitta.

(ii).Kottayam zone: Thiruvalla, Changanachery, Kottayam, Vijayapuram,
      Alappuzha, Kanjirappally and Pala.

(iii).Ernakulam zone: Varappuzha, Kochi, Ernakulam- Angamaly,
      Kothamangalam, Muvattupuzha and Idukki.

(iv). Thrissur zone: Thrissur, Irinjalakuda, Kottapuram, Sultanpet and

       Palakkad.

(v). Malabar zone: Kozhikode, Thamarassery, Mananthavady, Thalassery, 
       Kannur, Bathery and Malabar region of Kottayam Diocese.                                                                                                                                                                  The Executive committee is composed of the State office bearers plus the elected 4 representatives (one priest from among the Directors, one Sister, one Layman, and one Lay woman) from each of the five zones. The General Assembly of the KCBC Family commission is constituted of the Director, Sister Animator, one Layman and one Lay woman elected from each of the 31 Dioceses and the Central office bearers.

Activities of the KCBC Family Commission from Dec. 2014 to Nov. 2015

Family Apostolate Activities

It is through Diocesan Family Apostolate Departments that the KCBC Family Commission reaches and carries out its mission in the Dioceses.

a) Family Apostolate Directors’ meeting

On 4th November 2015, the Family Apostolate Directors of Kerala gathered at POC. Fr. Paul Madassery, the Secretary presided over the meeting.

Decisions of the meeting

1)   Organize one day Zonal seminars for resource persons  of marriage preparation courses in various Dioceses in Kerala

2)   Print and distribute ‘yearly planner 2016’ of marriage preparation courses in various Dioceses in Kerala.

1.KCBC Family Commission.org

An official website for Family Commission was launched by Bishop Mar Sebastian Adayanthrath on 4th November 2015. The web page provides yearly planner of marriage preparation courses in the Dioceses of Kerala, name and contact numbers of family retreat centers and couples’ counseling centers at the Diocesan level. And also the site provides an online matrimonial service.

2. Familia

A ‘Think Tank’ from family Commission, namely ‘Familia’ was released on 4th November 2015 by Rev. Fr .Varghese Vallikkatt, Director, POC. Familia contains mainly articles about family.

All Kerala Pro-life Samithi

The movement stands for the integral growth of life, especially human life in its totality, from its conception to natural death.  At the State level, the Samithi has a General body, which constitutes members from all the Dioceses. The Executive committee elected by the General body implements the programmes.

i. Large Family Meet

A ‘Large Family Meet’ was conducted in Changanassery Diocese on 13th December. Arch Bishop Mar Joseph Perumthottam inaugurated the programme. Sri Abraham Puthenkulam, Animator KCBC prolife samithi,  co ordinated the programme.

ii. Christmas celebration

Prolife Samithi arranged Christmas celebration for street people in Kollam town under the leadership of Sri George F. Xavier, pro-life General Secretary and Sri. Varghese Thomas Pulickal, prolife Secretary.

iii. Prolife day

All Kerala pro-life samithi celebrated ‘pro-life day’ on March 25th at POC. Rev. Fr. Jose Kottayil inaugurated the programme. President Sri. George F. Zavier Valiaveedu presided over the meeting. General Secretary Sri. Sabu Jose, Sr. Mary George, Adv. Josy Xavier, Adv. K.A. Jose and Mr. James Azhchangadan made speeches during the meeting.

iv. Jeevan Fest

Prolife samithi conducted ‘Jeevan Fest 2015’ at POC on 9th May. Bishop Mar Sebastian Adyanthrath, the Chairman, inaugurated the programme. Diploma certificates were distributed to the Diploma students during the meeting.

v. Seminar on MTP Act

Prolife samithi conducted Seminar on MTP Act on 28th July 2015 in Kochi. Arch Bishop Most Rev. Dr. Francis Kallarakal inaugurated the programme. Bishop Mar Sebastian Adyanthrath presided over the meeting. Protest Rally also was conducted after the Seminar.

vi. Protest rally against MTP Act

A protest Rally was arranged on 8th August against MTP Act at Kollam. His Grace Most Rev. Dr. Soosapakiam, Archbishop of Trivandrum inaugurated the programme. Rev. Dr. Mani Puthiyedam presided and Bishop Mar Samuel Irrannius gave the message during the meeting before the rally.

Society of  Marian singles

Aim of this Society is to organize the catholic Single women in Kerala and to strengthen them to take up their role in the Church and Society and to help them to live their vocation.

i. Fourth anniversary of Flower Villa

On 8th Dec 2014 the society celebrated the 4th anniversary of Flower villa (the central office of Marian Singles). Bishop Mar Mathew Annikuzhikattil, Rev. Fr. Jose Kottayil and Rev. Fr. Jose Kochuparambil were present at the programme.

ii. Retreat for Marian Singles

A four days’ retreat was arranged for the members of the Society from 10th to 14th March 2015.  Rev. Fr. Jose Parappally MSFS was the retreat preacher.

iii. General body meeting

This year, the General body gathered at Flower Villa, on 22nd May 2015. The new Executive committee and the office bearers were elected during the meeting. The office bearers are: Mary Maleparambil (President), Mary P.P and Annakkutty Varkey (Vice presidents), Lisamma Thomas (Secretary), Molly Maruthukunnel and Annie Kusumam( Joint Secretaries) and Brijit VV (Treasurer).

iv. Executive meetings

The Executive team met seven times this year (on January 10th, February 1st, April 22nd, June 20th, July 7th, October 9th and on November 1st). Generally meetings are held at Flower villa, Oonnukal.

v. All Kerala Conference for the Singles

From November 11th to 14th, an all Kerala Conference was conducted for the Single women, at Flower Villa, Oonnukal. Forty four persons attended the programme. Bishop Mar George Madathikandathil inaugurated the conference. Rev. Fr. Varghese Vallikkatt, Rev. Fr. Jose Kottayil, Rev. Fr. James Kakkuzhi, Rev. Fr. Paul Madassery and Ms. Mary Maleparambil presented the papers.

Word of Thanks

We sincerely thank the Chairman and Vice Chairmen of the Commission for their deep interest. We are especially grateful to His Excellency Mar Sebastian Adayanthrath for his enthusiastic leadership. We thank all the other Bishops for their support and love and also to the Diocesan Directors of the Family Apostolate and their co- workers for their co- operation. Thank you all.

Budget for the year December 2015- November 2016

Sl No.

 

Income

 

 

1

 

 

2

 

3

 

 

Share from diocesan Family Apostolate centres 2500*31

 

Publication (book sale)

 

Other income

 (Interest on fixed deposit,seminars etc.)

Fixed

variable

 

 

77500

 

 

150000

 

100000

 

327500

 

 

 

Expense

1

 

2

 

3

 

4

 

5

Staff salary ( Part time 4500*12)

 

Travelling expense

 

Publication

 

Office expense (Stationary, internet etc.)

 

Courses and seminars

54000

 

 

24000

 

150000

 

10000

 

89500

 

327500

 

Future Programs

2015 December-2016 November

 

December

 

5th Anniversary of Flower Villa (Singles)

 

Christmas celebration at Kidangoor (Pro-life)

January

Prolife Sisters’ Meet

Medical Sister Doctors’ meet (Pro-life)

 

February

 

Prolife leaders meet at POC

Pilgrimage to important Marian pilgrimage centers (Pro-life)

Pilgrimage to Velankanni (Singles)

March

Annual retreat at Oonnukal - 4 days (Singles)

Pro-life day celebration (pro-life)

April

 

Zonal meeting- Thiruvananthapuram( Family Apostolate)

Blessing – Rehabilitation centre at Mattuketta -Kanjirappilly Diocese(Singles)

Pro-life leadership training programme (Pro-life)

May

Jeevolsavam 2016(Pro-life)

June

Zonal meeting- Kottayam zone( Family Apostolate)

Pro-life meet 2016 (Pro-life)

July

Ernakulam zonal meeting( Family Apostolate )

Large family meet (Pro-life)

August

Thrissur zonal meeting( Family Apostolate)

Pro-life kids meet (Pro-life)

September

Malabar zonal meeting( Family Apostolate)

 

October

Pro-life retreat (Pro-life)

 

November

General body

 

Fr Paul Madassery

Secretary, KCBC Family Commission

 
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