MATUNGA, NOVEMBER 19, 2010: Reading the signs of time, a passionate need was felt to organize a course that would enhance our Salesians Parish ministry. Taking a cue from this insight, Fr. Ajoy Fernandes, the Vice Provincial of the Mumbai Province organized a three-day intensive workshop for priests of the Konkan and Bombay Provinces from November 16 to November 18 entitled, “PARISH PASTORAL MANAGEMENT- A practical vision to empower parishes.” There were twenty four participants present for the course. Well qualified resource persons from the Archdiocese of Mumbai and members of different religious congregation shared their wealth of experience and knowledge with the participants. Through their in-depth knowledge and reflections on their personal experiences they offered vision and impetus for Parish ministry.
Fr. Felix D’Souza , Fr. Aniceto Pereira, Fr. Cletus D’Souza, Fr. Savio Fernandes, Fr. Michael Fernandes sdb, Fr. Joaquim Fernandes sdb, Fr. Blanny Pinto sdb, Fr. Lawrence Correa SVD, Fr. Sundar Albuquerque, Sr. Nandita Pereira Sr. Caroline D’Souza and Fr. Ajoy Fernandes sdb were part of the resource team that enlightened the participants on issues such as Parish pastoral Attitudes, Parish cells and associations, the Parish pastoral council, Program and logistics for Sunday School, Issues in pre-marital instruction, Mixed marriage families, Pastoral visits, Setting up and animating Small Christian Communities, Parish Bulletin, Directory and Calendar and Parish Financial and Pastoral Administration.
Participants interacted actively with the resource persons, and appreciated their inputs. They look forward to empowering and energizing their parishes with renewed insight and vigor.