Voices from Commerce Students, Hislop College

We Aruna Paula ,Nayami,Mini and Rubi are glad to share our experiences here in Nagpur .Hilop college is very big ,it says that there are 5ooo students in our college .It is half an hour walk from our convent we have to cross five signals on the way there. It is a good exercise for all of us and we are happy to be in this college .In the beginning of our college we were frighten to see amount of students around the campus but in the class we feel lonely since we know no one, everyone seems to be strangers to us. We also find difficult for the subjects to understand the lecturers in the class.

But by now we get to know so many friends and also getting used to the lecturers began to understand our lessons  better and happier .We are sure you all prayed for us will continue to pray for us as we will do the same for you dear sisters. Nagpur is a beautiful place and with so many loving and caring people especially the sisters in our community are very loving caring,understanding.They love us so much especially Sr. Roveinai who is working so hard for us as a mother ,always thinking about our study, for our good health and she takes care of us very well .

We have garden around our convent with flowers, fruit tree, vegetables, amount of squirrels  joyfully rooming all over the garden. It is very interesting to live not only with good people but also with good environment that add to the joy of our daily living.

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Commitment to the Internet Apostolate

(The following is a draft prepared by the Juniors during the seminar on Internet)
Introduction: Today’s world is moving in accordance with the cyber culture. Networking has become the basic of our very existence. We the Catholic Church are compelled to read the signs of the times and to adopt a new way of life in accordance with new gifts secular world offers. It is egalitarian in the sense that anyone with the necessary equipments and modest technical skill can be an active presence in the cyber space declare his or her message to the world. Therefore, progress is a vital concern for the spreading of the kingdom of God. The Internet is the most recent communication and networking space for all, especially for the young. It is the fastest and in towns and cities most easily accessible means of communication which takes and gives information, views and contributes in building up of a better society. The internet consists of various social networking sites like Youtube, Facebook, Orkut , Twitter etc. , SMS and information, commercial sites.
However, we can be proud that the Catholic Church has given much consideration to the progressive means and that we have journeyed quite a lot, along with the fast moving world. Pope Pius XII in his encyclical Miranda Prorsus has aptly said that the Church sees the Media as a gift of God. Media, specially the internet can help us to propagate the kingdom values far and wide.
Glancing through the two documents on the Internet , viz. ‘Ethics and Internet’ and ‘Church and Internet’ we came to realize the challenges before us.
Opportunities and challenges:
– Communication in and by the church is essentially communication of the good news of Jesus Christ.
– It is prophetic.
– It is a liberating word to everyone.
– It is a testimony in the face of radical secularisation.
– To divine truth and to the transcendent destiny of all.
– It is a witness given in solidarity with all the suffering people again all kinds of injustice and victimization.
– It communicates effectively with people, especially with the young who are the people of this era.
– Need to feel the great responsibility to use these means for the proclamation of the Gospel.
– Be open to the new inventions and to use them.

1. Uses and Abuses of Internet Uses: It entertains, educates, informs, gives information, helps in building relationship, helps in business, saves time, helps in faster communication, and makes life more comfortable.
Abuses: Gambling, pornography, addiction, waste of time, pleasure, creates health disorders, makes people lazy etc.

2. Challenges faced by the Church:Church is slow in adapting / updating but recently has made progress.
– Need to feel the great responsibility to use this means for the proclamation of the Gospel.
– Be open to the new inventions & to use them.
– By creating new Christian sites and making people aware of the same.
– By giving pastoral counselling, spiritual direction and other helps to the faithful through the internet.
– By making available homilies, reflections and inspiring messages to the people.
– By creating prayer room and blogs alike.

5. Juniors’ Contribution:
– Take interest in learning the ABC of internet.
– Sharing information with the senior sisters about the internet.
– Try to enter into internet space and use it to proclaim the Gospel values.
– Create one’s own blog and share views and ideas with each other.
– Attract vocations through internet.
– Create network among the juniors of the province.
– To use the modern means of communication specially internet with responsibility and with the sense of mission.
– To be actively present in the social networking sites and to be a witnessing Gospel presence.
– To have a networking spirit among ourselves.
– To have a supportive interaction with the young people.

6. Province’s Thrust:Need to update the website.
– Launch into e-marketing, e-books etc

Drafted by the Juniors

Theology Study at St. Charles Seminary, Nagpur

Days passed, weeks passed, months passed and finally two years have passed being at St Charles Seminary, Nagpur. When we (Archana, Ansila, Naomi, Prescilla and Sumitra) heard that we are going to do our theology for two years, we had the mixed feelings of joy and excitement, anxiety and wonder. We were thinking of how these two years will be for us!

With great hope and courage we set out to the seminary to study. Now after our experience of two years of study we realize the value of learning and it was a time of blessing for us. Our experiences are beautiful and we learned many things. We were happy to attend the classes on scripture. We found it essential for our Pauline mission and life. We have grown in knowledge and love for the Word of God.

The classes on the Sacraments especially on the Eucharist have helped us to have the deeper understanding of the healing power of the Eucharist and its unending source of grace. Our faith has increased and our love for the person of Jesus is confirmed as we learned about it. We believe in the loving presence of Jesus in the Eucharist.

The classes on Liturgy, Missiology, Mariology etc. enriched us. We felt, it was a time of spiritual formation. The life in the hostel, taking up some responsibility or the other helped us to be more responsible. The sisters of many congregations lived like one community. This place is also a pilgrim centre of the Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes and lots of people come here to pray to our Blessed Mother.

We are grateful to Sr. Ancy and team for giving us this chance and all the sisters who made sacrifices and accompanied us during the time of our study. It was indeed a time of grace and blessing.

Sr. Archana, Mumbai

Epilogue – a contribution by Sr Scholastica

Epilogue

BE THANKFUL  – author unknown

Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire.

If you did,what would there be to look forward to?

Be thankful when you don’t know something,

For it gives you the opportunity to learn

Be thankful for the difficult times,

During those times, you grow,

Be thankful for your limitations,

Because they give you opportunities  for improvement.

Be thankful for each new challenge,

Because it will build your strength and character.

Be thankful for your mistakes.

They will teach you valuable lessons,

Be thankful when you’re tired and weary,

Because it means you’ve made a difference.

It’s easy to be thankful for the good things,

A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who

Are also thankful for the setbacks.

Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive.

Find a way to be thankful for your troubles,

And they can become your blessings.

 

Contributed by Sr Scholastica fsp

Indian Catechetical Association – Final Statement 2012

Sr Lucy Joseph Attickal FSP participated in the Seminar organized by the Indian Catechetical Association held in Bangalore in February, 2012.

Below is the Final statement of the  General Body Meeting of the ICA, which is held annually.

FINAL STATEMENT

XVI GENERAL BODY

OF THE

INDIAN CATECHETICAL ASSOCIATION

New Paradigms for Youth Catechesis

 

NBCLC, Bangalore, 8-10 February 2012.

1.      Introduction: 

Gathering at NBCLC, Bangalore for the XVI General Body Meeting of the Indian Catechetical Association (ICA), from 8-10 February 2012, we, the 76 participants [Priests, Religious and Laity consisting of 20 ICA members and 56 other participants] in the presence of the Chairman for the CCBI Commission for Catechetics, Bishop Antony Devotta, from all over India, deliberated on the theme: New Paradigms for Youth Catechesis and we believe that youth catechesis needs serious attention from all engaged in catechesis and youth ministry.

 Youth catechesis has to respond to the challenges arising from the currents of the contemporary youth. “It is today more difficult and tiring than ever before, because of the obstacles and difficulties of all kinds that it meets” (Catechesi Tradendae 40). The new paradigm of youth catechesis is to be done in the spirit and process of new evangelization with the intent of stressing on the missionary dimension by using the pedagogy of participation, presenting the elements of faith in the language and symbols of the youth, facilitating them to partake of the liturgical celebration and promoting small vibrant youth communities, with the focus on the cultural background of India.

             2. Our Reflections

2.1 Youth catechesis fulfils youth ministry; they complement each other for the formation of youth. Youth catechesis is rightly considered the essence and core of youth ministry and we believe that the new paradigms should guarantee the stable formation of youth progressively, as seen in the case of the young man in the Gospel (cf. Mt 19: 16-22), at the levels of didache (cognition), diakonia (service), koinonia (fellowship or relationships), and leiturgia (celebration of life) to experience a life of intimacy with Christ.

 2.2 Understanding the culture of youth, listening to the languages of youth and appreciating the trends of youth are necessary if we are to propose a catechesis valid for contemporary youth. Youth catechesis is to be proposed in new ways which are open to the sensibilities and the problems of the youth.

2.3 Dull and dreary liturgical practices and preaching are the main complaints of many youth. Youth catechesis should facilitate the youth to take part in the liturgical celebrations more vibrantly. The richness and uniqueness of the value of the liturgical celebrations are to be presented creatively and imaginatively, in line with the official teachings of the Church, to the vibrant minds of youth.

2.4 Releasing of the Youcat is a step taken by the Church to feel with the youth. It presents the content of our faith in the language of the young. It is a book that stimulates, excites and inspires the young. Youth have to “Study this catechism with passion and perseverance…read it with a friend; from study groups and networks…” (Pope Benedict XVI; Foreword of Youcat). It is the duty of the particular churches to make apt adaptations, adequate alterations, appropriate amendments and translation in the style of Youcat depending on the cultural, socio political and economic situations.

2.5 Emergence of small youth communities in various dioceses and regions, especially due to the charismatic renewal and other movements like Jesus Youth, is a positive shift in the catechesis for the youth. The Charismatic Renewal and Jesus Youth have sparked off a new ‘zeal’, ‘expression’ and ‘methods’ in the hearts of many youth. It is the duty of the pastors to rekindle the faith of these young people. The youth catechists (priests, religious and laity) have to play an important role in the formation of youth communities by making them agents of new evangelization where their deeds, the fruits of the lived experiences of faith, communion and prayer will proclaim to everyone the message of the Gospel and the spirit already working in them.

2.6 Young people who are well trained in faith and prayer must become more and more the apostles of youth. “The young should become the first apostles of the young, in direct contact with them, exercising the apostolate by themselves among themselves, taking account of their social environment.” (Apostolicam Actuositatem  12)

 

3. Proposals

From the above reflections we draw the following proposals:

 Redefine the role of diocesan youth director as a catechist.

  • Provide opportunities and create forums for the youth to express themselves and involve in the mission of Church.
  • Promote and create youth communities wherever possible and needed and give them guidance so that they may cooperate and net work with other groups.
  • Provide pastoral care for the underprivileged, marginalised (dalits, tribals, illiterate, remote rural youth..etc.) and migrant youth.
  • Promote the use of anthropological methods while catechising the young.
  • Train the youth ministers (priests, religious and laity) in specific skills to animate youth.
  • Accompany the youth in their faith journey by encouraging, accepting, appreciating and creating a sense of trust in them.
  • Prepare guidelines for youth liturgy so that the youth are given ample opportunities to be catechised on liturgy.
  • Encourage the use of conventional (dramas, role plays, mimes, puppet shows) and other modern means of communication while ministering to the youth.
  • Ensure that the catechists (priests, religious and lay faithful) have to see that all the youth are benefitting from Youcat by encouraging them to have it and study it.
  • Involve and encourage the participation of the lay faithful in the youth ministry.
  • Facilitate parents to exercise their role as primary catechists.
  • Pastors have to take catechesis as an important duty and they should accompany everyone at every stage of one’s life particularly at the time of youth when one is more vulnerable to various impacts.

 4. Conclusion

The focus and the goal of youth catechesis are to help the youth to have an intimate and personal relationship with Jesus. Forming the youth is very demanding and we need Divine support. As catechists we take Christ as our model and seek His blessings to carry out this mission.