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PARISH  VISION  AND  MISSION  PLAN

1. VISION: We the Christian community lives in a vepery make a Christian identity by witnessing Christ in our life by living in the pattern of Christ.

2. MISSION: We try to achieve our vision by participating in the sacramental activities with social concern and by living according to it in proclaiming the gospel values in our life with socio-eco-political and cultural realities.

3. PASTORAL PLANS: We could achieve our mission by 5 points programmes.

1. FAITH FORMATION
-Celebration of sacraments -Ratification of marriage
-Retreat programs for advent and lent -Novena celebration for the parish feast
-Reconciliation service for advent lent and parish fest
-Prayer meetings in the anbiams once in three months-House blessings -Communion to sick -Catechism classes -VBS classes -Bible classes -Passion plays

2.  SOCIAL FORMATION
             
-Scholarship from lentern dumb boxes
-Scholarship from the diocese-Scholarship from the parish
-Social issues explained through homilies -Youth awareness programmes
-Ambiam prayers meet to bring out equality and to eradicate the caste mindedness
-Helping the poor on the mundy Thursday -Blood donations camp on Good Friday
-Procession and Dharna for special issues
-Prayer for peace and human rights-Samapanthi during the parish feast
-Cooking pongal by anbiams and pongal for all -Formation for self sufficiency programs
-LIC programs and scholarship

3.  CHARACTER FORMATION
-Education for all -Free tuition-Leadership training
-Value orientation through homilies and retreat programmes
-Political awareness -Counseling and guidance
-Family spirituality -Forming the associations eg. Parish council, Anbiams, Pastoral council, pious associations, Youth, Altar Servers merchants, Teachers etc

4.  CULTURAL FORMATION
-Well prepared sacred music for sacramental celebrations
-Indian music is given preferences-Folk dances for cultural events
-Cultural competitions for catechism students -Picnics and tours for the parishioners and catechism students
-Carols during Christmas-Ecumenical carol programmes enculturation practices such as bhajans, arathi and anjali -Seasonal and national celebrations such as independence day, repulic day, Diwali and Pongal

5. GOSPEL FORMATION
-House visiting
-Palm Sunday way of the cross in the Anbiams-Street anbiam meetings
-Distributing bible for couples on their marriage -Bible month and bible Sundays are celebrated well
-Mission Sunday celebrations-Preaching at street shrines rectification of marriages

CONCLUSION
These are all the plans to achieve the Mission that to live the gospel values in the midst of the present social; realities and to form oneself and the entire community in the pattern of Christ, the Vision.

BY REV FR PATRICK I JOSEPH PP

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