Kolkata to host Small Christian Communities convention

By Matters India Reporter

Kolkata, September 2, 2019: The national Hindi convention of Small Christian Communities will be held at Kolkata October 25-27.

The Archdiocese of Calcutta will host the event, which is expected to draw some 3,000 delegates from various parts of India. They will home stay at parish homes.

Besides, the two major convention days will take place at St Xavier’s College, Park Street, and participants will experience special SCC Days at parishes on October 26, said Father Dominic Gomes, vicar general of the archdiocese.

The cultural bonding and fellowship is expected to happen at the convention. It serves as a fresh stimulus for a forward-looking Church, he added.

In 1990, the Indian bishops’ Laity Commission, with Father Thomas Vijay as its secretary, began the promotion of SCCs.

Now, more than 86,000 of them are spread across India’s 174 dioceses.

According to Father Vijay, national coordinator of the SCC program, SCCs aims at achieving a communion of communities based on the Word of God and the Eucharist, leading to life in abundance and transforming society.

SCC promotes the Gospel values at the grass root level and prepares all faithful to witness the compassionate ministry of the Church in their local life situations.

SCC also builds communities on the pillars of liberty, equality, fraternity and justice.

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