Temperance Commission
 
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Bp. Remigiose Inchananiyil
Chairman

Bp. Christudas R
Vice Chairman

Bp. Joshua Mar Ignathios
Vice Chairman

Rev. Fr. Jacob Vellamaruthunkal
Secretary


DEPARTMENT OFFICE BEARERS
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TEMPERANCE COMMISSION

“Open the Doors, doors of mercy” a timely invitation and exhortation of Pope Francis is echoing around the world. ‘To be merciful like our Heavenly Father’ is the challenge before us. At the mouth of intolerance and hatred, war and threats, division and exclusion, misery and poverty, ailment and death, we have a mission to be merciful. We can’t show mercy or do charity unless we know the issue and in a right biblical term we “read the signs of the time”.

Temperance commissions strive for such a mission, saving people from the addictions of drugs and alcohol, and make them to experience the Life in abundance (Jn. 10: 10). KCBC constituted a Commission in 1998, Dec. 4th with the slogan “Alcohol free Church and Society”. To promote and implement this prophetic mission, we have KCBC Madyavirudha Samithy which is functioning in 31 Catholic Dioceses in Kerala. The Reduction of the substance such as Demand reduction, Supply reduction and Risk reduction, are our triple formula of actions. In five levels - Parish, Forane, Diocesan, Regional and State, we have activities.

   

Major event in the last year

1.December 5th, 2014, State Convention, Kottayam

KCBC Madyavirudha Samithy celebrated its 16th birthday as State Convention on 5th Dec, 2014 at Kottayam MammanMappila Hall from 9.00 am to 4.00 pm. His Excellency Mar Remigiose Inchchananiyil, the Chairman of KCBC Madyavirudha Samithy hoisted the flag, followed by representatives’ meeting which was inaugurated by His Grace  Most Rev. Dr. Philipose Mar Chrysostom, Mar Thoma Valiya Metropolitan. Rt. Rev. Thomas K Oommen, CSI Deputy Moderator & Bishop in Madhya Kerala Diocese presided over the meeting. A symposium on ‘Alcohol ban Possible or not’ was held in which Sri. Johnson. J. Edayaranmula, Director ADIC India, Fr. T. J. Antony, General Secretary KCBC Madyavirudha Samithy and  Adv. Charly Paul, Program Secretary expressed their  views and there was an open forum in this regard. Public meeting in the afternoon at 2.00 pm was inaugurated by Catholicos Patriarch H. H. Baselius Mar Thoma Paulose II. Our Chairman presided over the function and Bishop Dr. Joshua Mar Ignatios (Vice Chairman KCBC Madyavirudha Samithy) blessed us with his benedictory speech. All the State office bearers were present and around 500 representatives participated.

2.December 23th, 2014, Samara Prakhyapanam, POC, Palarivattom Kochi

KCBC Madyavirudha Samithy, with the support of other anti-drug movements formed and organised a Samara prakhyapana (Declaration of Strike) Convention in POC which was inaugurated by Bishop Rt. Rev. Dr. Joseph Karikkassery, our Vice Chairman. This meeting took the decision to conduct NilppuSamaram on Jan 1st 2015.

3.January 1, 2015, Standing Protest (NilppuSamaram)

To protest against  Liquor policy of the Govt, we have organised a different way of strike in the name  of Madyavirudha Eakopana Samithy in front of the Town Hall Ernakulam on 1st Jan 2015 from 11.00 am to 5.00 pm. KCBC Madyavirudha  Samithy Vice Chairman Rt. Rev. Dr. Joseph Karikkassery inaugurated the programme. 1500 activists from all religions made their protest against the policy of the Government. Rev. Fr. Varghese Vallikkattu (Deputy Secretary KCBC), Justice P.K Shamsudeen and many other prominent leaders gave their support.

4.January 5th, 2015, Temperance Commission and KCBC Joint Meeting

 An emergency meeting was held to discuss the Bar issues in Kerala and to clarify the position of the Church in this issue. The meeting was held at St. Thomas Mount Kakkanad. Cardinal Baselios Mar Cleemis (President KCBC), Bishop Mar Joseph Perumthottam (Vice President KCBC), Bishop Rt. Rev. Dr. Joseph Kariyil (Secretary General), Bishop Mar Remigios Inchananiyil (Chairman, KCBC Madyavirudha Samithy), Bishop Dr. Joshua Mar Ignatios (Vice Chairman KCBC Madyavirudha Samithy), Bishop Rt. Rev Dr. Joseph Karikkassery (Vice Chairman KCBC Madyavirudha Samithy), Rev. Fr. Varghese Vallikkattu (Deputy Secretary KCBC) and Fr. T. J. Antony (General Secretary KCBC Madyavirudha Samithy) participated in the meeting.

5.January 19, 2015 Award Committee, POC, Palarivattom Kochi

Award committee met to decide the Awardees of the year 2014. Diocese of Alleppy, Mananthavaady and Thamarassery have got the first second and third places respectively. Sri. Sunny Paikkadu from Tellichery (Best Activist) and Miss. Serin Xavier from Alleppy (Best student) were selected for individual merit.

6.March 2, Annual General Body, POC, Palarivattom, Kochi

In order to evaluate and discuss activities of the previous year, we met for the annual General body on 2nd March 2015. Bishop Mar Remigiose Inchananiyil inaugurated the meeting. Diocesan reports were presented followed by State Samithi reports.

7.March 2, Award Presentation, POC, Palarivattom, Kochi

Award distribution was held on March 2nd 2015 at POC along with the concluding meeting of annual General Body. ‘Bishop Mar Mathai Makkil Award’ sponsored by Diocese of Kottayam for the best Diocese was conferred  to the Diocese of Alleppy and MariayammaIkara memorial  award for the  the 2nd best Diocese for the  Diocese of Manathavady and  the Fr. Paul Karachira Award for the 3rd best Diocese to Thamarassery Diocese. Awards for individuals -Mr. Sunny Payikkadu (Archdiocese of Thalassery) for the best activist and Miss. Serin Xavier (Diocese Alleppy) for the Best student respectively- have  received the ‘The Bishop Mar Mathai Makkil Award’  for individuals.

March 8 2015, Anti-alcohol Sunday

   A circular was sent to the entire Diocese and we celebrated this in Dioceses.

9.March 15, 2015, Year plan final Discussion, POC Palarivattom Kochi

Selected members from the Samithy met to finalise the ‘year plan’. Rev. Fr. T. J. Antony, Adv. Charly Paul, Sri. Prasad Kuruvila, Sri. Antony Jacob, Sri. M. D Raphael and Sri. Paulose Kandathil were present.

10.March 25, 2015, Memorandum to the Governor and Chief Minister

In order to instigate Government to implement a strong liquor policy, we have personally met Kerala Governor, Chief Minister and Sri. V. M. Sudheeran, and have given a representation. The delegation was headed by Bishop Dr. Joshua Mar Ignatios (Chairman Madyairudha Janakeeya Munnany, Vice Chairman, KCBC Madyavirudha Samithy) Fr. T. J. Antony, Sri. Prasad Kuruvila, Sri. F. M. Lazer and Rev. Fr. Varghese Muzhutheetathu.

11.April 19, Faith in Action, IMA, Kaloor Ernakulam

A joint effort with UNESCO and Art of living a ‘Religious leaders’ meet was conducted in Cochin with the title ‘Faith in Action’.  26 Priests and Nuns from various Catholic Dioceses were present. Around 700 Religious leaders participated.  The chief of ‘Art of Living’,  Sri. Sri. Ravi  Shanker, Sri. K. Babu (Hon.Excise Minister) and representatives from UNESCO were the guests of the day. Bishop Rt. Rev. Dr. Joseph Karikkassery (Vice Chairman, KCBC Madyavirudha  Samithy) participated and addressed the concluding meeting and  Fr. T. J Antony (General Secretary KCBC Madyavirudha Samithy) addressed the morning session as the representatives of Christians in Kerala.

12.  May 18, 19, 2015, State Leadership Training Camp, Renewal Centre, Kaloor, Ernakulam

Bishop Mar Remigiose Inchananiyil inaugurated the Camp. Sri. Joy Gothuruthu, Fr. T.J. Antony, Adv. Charly Paul, Sri. F.M Lazer and Sri. Prasad Kuruvila lead the sessions. We had 92 Diocesan leaders from 16 Dioceses as participants.

13.July 18, Half year Senate, POC, Palarivattom, Kochi

Samithy met to have its half yearly meeting on 18th July. Diocesan and State reports were presented in the meeting. Rev.  Fr. Varghese Vallikkatt, POC Director inaugurated & lead the morning session.

14.July 18, Reception to State Award Winner, POC, Palarivattom, Kochi

Adv. Charly Paul received an award of State Government as Best Activist 2015, in the field of anti-drug activities. Samithy is proud of this Award and he was given a warm reception at  POC on 18th July at 2 pm.  Cardinal Mar George Aalanchery, Sri. V.M Sudueeran, Bishop Mar Remigios Inchananiyil, Justice P.K Shamshudeen, Sri. Benny Behannan MLA, Rev Fr. Varghese Vallikkattu, Rev. Fr. T.J. Antony, Rev. Fr. Mathew Kilukkan,   Rev. Fr. Paul Karachira, Rev. Fr. George Neeneeveetil, Rev. Fr. Jacob Mannaraprayil, Rev. Fr. Thomas Thaithottam, Sri. T.m Varghese, Sri. Francis Perumana, Adv. N Radhakrishnan, Sri. Prasad Kuruvila, Sri. Antony Jacob, Sri. M.D. Raphel and many others were present.

15.August 9, 2015, Quit Liquor Day, Highcourt Junction,Ernakulam

Together with Diocese of Verapoly, we had a gathering to celebrate ‘Quit Liquor Day’ at  High court Junction  Ernakulam.

 16.November 13, 14, 15, 2015, State Counselling Camp at Mar Gregorios Renewal Centre, Naalanchira, Trivandrum

As we have planned earlier the course was held on 13, 14, and 15th Nov 2015, at Mar Gregarious Renewal Centre, Nalanchira, Trivandrum. There were  69 participants in the Camp representing entire Kerala, from Kasaragod to Parasala all belonging to different religions. A cross section of the society participated as teachers, couples, youngsters, social workers, retired Govt. officials, Govt. employees, nuns, social activist’s etc. in the Camp

We had experts to lead the classes. They are Sri. Johnson Edayaranmula (Director ADIC India), Sri. Inspire K.P Kumar (Project Manager NIMS Medicity, Neyyatinkara), Rev. Dr. Fr. Joy James (Chairman CWC & Loyola College Trivandrum), and Rev. Fr. Mathew.P. (Director Marthoma Hospital Guidance and Counselling Centre Trivandrum), Dr. Gireesh (Psychologist, National Health Mission), and Dr. Abdulbari A (Former Superintendent Mental Health Hospital Trivandrum). Sri. F. MLazer coordinated the Camp and Fr. T. J. Antony took the role of course Director. Fr. John Areekal our regional                            Director and Sri. Y. Raju, our regional President took a key role in over all organizing.

We had a special slot with the dignitaries like Bishop Dr. Samuel Mar Irenious (Auxiliary Bishop of Trivandrum Major Archdiocese), Dr. K. Ampady (Director Subodham), Msgr. Eugine H Pereira ( Vicar General Trivandrum Archdiocese) and  Dr. N. Radhakrishnan  (Kerala Gandhi Samrakaniddhi).

The participants enjoyed very well and evaluated the Camp as a good experience and the sessions reported as were excellent. They all well appreciated the arrangements and other facilities provided to them. They demanded more such courses in future taking more days and time.

17.  November 14, 2015, Candle light Vigil to commemorate the victims of road accidents at  Mar Gregorios Renewal Centre, Naalanchira, Trivandrum

There was a Candle light Vigil to comemorate the victims of road accidents which was led by Sri. Johnson Edayaranmula. Bishop Dr. Samuel Mar Irenious (Auxiliary Bishop of Trivandrum Major Archdiocese), Dr. K. Ampady (Director Subodham), Msgr. Eugine H Pereira (Vicar General Trivandrum Archdiocese) and Dr. N. Radhakrishnan (Kerala Gandhi Samrakaniddhi) were the guests.

18.  November 21, 2015, State Speech Competition at St. Antony’s Boys Home Alleppey

In connection with the State Convention on 11, 12 December, 2015 in Alleppy, we conducted State level Speech competition for the students.    Mr. Ashin Paul (St. Thoms College Palai),   Kum. Gowri (St. Michels School Tathampally) and Mr. Muhammod Sufiyan (St. Theresas HS Manappuram) received the first, second and third prizes respectively.

19.Secretariat Meetings

Secreatriate meetings were held as follows.

March 2, 2015 POC, Palarivattom, Kochi.

July 18, 2015 POC, Palarivattom, Kochi

Septemper 5, 2015 Bishop’s house,Alleppy

20.Media coverage

Samithy had a vital role in media to spread and bring into attention the issues related to bar prohibition. Press and visual media were very supportive to us in this issue. Timely interactions and responses kept the Samithy powerful in the society.

21.Closure of BARs

Behind the decision of Government to close all the BARs in Kerala except ‘Five star’ category, KCBC Madyavirudha Samithy has played a vital role. Activities of long years, prayers of many, and the hard work of committed persons in this field have contributed to this historic decision

22.  Gramadeepam: A mission for Drug Free Villages

 This is an initiative of KRLCBC Temperance Commission with the slogan Drug Free Community. So far we could reach to 12,000 families and 60,000 persons in the State with Gramadeepam. We are implementing this programme with the support of KCBC Madyavirudha Samithy Diocesan units and other religious sects like SNDP, Sri. Narayana Aadarsha Samithy, Art of living etc…

January 3 – 31, 2015, Chirakkal, Kochi

Eigt day programme including Saturdays and Sundays was conducted in the Month. Out of 1200, families 740 Families were declared Drug free. Kochi Diocesan Samithy took the initiative conduct this.

April 19 – 26, 2015, Sooranaad,Kollam

With the co operation of Sooranaad St. Joseph Church and Vikasana Samithy, Sooranaad North Gramapanchayath   (12thward) we had a successful completion of Gramadeepam. The entire village irrespective of caste took part in it (427 families). Political parties (LDF) actively involved in this.

August 16 – 23, 2015, Vaadakkal, Alleppy

The programme was implemented in 2000 families in the locality, with support of KCBC & Madya Virudha Samithy, Alleppy Diocese, Sree Narayana AadrshaSamithy and  Vadakkal, SNDP Yogam (Branch No. 243). Excise and Police Department joined with us in this mission.

Meeting with Madyavirudha Jenakeeya Munnani

Meetings were conducted with the Madyavirudha Janakeeya  Munnani as follows

September 7, 2015, Leaders meet, Ayarkunnam

September 8, 2015, Press meet, Mavelikkara Bishop’s House

October 17, 2015, State Leaders Meeting, POC Palarivattom Kochi.

 

Conclusion

The presence of KCBC Madyavirudha Samithy is ever more relevant in Kerala today. The activities against Drugs and Alcohol have to be implemented with more enthusiasm and it has to be reached at the grass root level.

Thanks to KCBC, Diocesan Directors & Office bearers, Regional Directors & Team and the State Committee. Thanks to Our Chairman Bishop Mar  Remegios Inchananiyil , Bishop. Dr. Joshua Mar Ignatios (Vice Chairman), Bishop Rt. Rev. Dr. Joseph Karikkassery (Vice Chairman). Special thanks to all the Religious Congregations, Institutions and persons who contributed financially and prayed for the success of activities of the Samithy Thank God for His providence and Mother Mary to whom we are entrusted ourselves.

Fr. Antony T.J.

 Secretary, Temperance Commission 

 
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