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Small Christian Communities

Historical Background

The movement to form Small Christian Communities is a worldwide phenomenon. In many countries small communities have been initiated for some of the following reasons: a shortage of priests, a desire for communal liturgy, a desire for co-operation and fellowship, a desire for reinterpreting the gospel in an existing situation, a desire to come together around a common issue.

In Mumbai, the reason for the thrust towards SCCs seems to be the “city culture”- which promotes individualism, impersonal relationships, superficial religious practice and unconcern for others.

Jesus came to establish community, for it is in and through community that we can experience God’s love for each of us in a powerful way. However in reality, the number of parishioners in the average Mumbai parish is so large that there is little semblance of this community aspect. Small Christian Communities are the answer to this problem. It is reversion to the pattern of the early Church of the first three centuries. The number of persons congregated was small enough to enable them to recognize, love and care for one another. Such a sense of belonging, a sense of community is only possible in small groups. It is impossible at today’s parish level, with several hundreds congregating at any given Mass, and where parishioners often number in thousands. It is clear therefore that the parish of tomorrow will have to be a restructured one – a communion of small communities.

Small Christian Communities at St. Peter’s Parish

In 1984 one SCC was formed in St. Peter’s parish. Gradually through the motivation and guidance of Bishop Bosco and the team, our parish was divided into Small Christian Communities. Appointment of Sr.Treasa Pinto f.c as the SCC Coordinator of the parish in 1987, helped to organize and plan the programmes for the SCCs of the Parish. We have 14 SCCs in the Parish. Each Community varies in size. The Animators meet monthly to plan activities for the communities.

Coordinator: Sr. Sumitra

Priest-in-Charge: Fr. Errol

Lay Representative: Joe Norton (9619724941 / 26513765)

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