Association of mothers’ of the parish
“It is worthwhile to live as a family, that a society grows strong, grows in goodness, grows in beauty and truly grows if it is built on the foundation of the family” Pope Francis.
The family is the most precious human institution and our parish is well aware of its responsibility to safeguard the holiness of family against the enormous forces that seek to destroy or weaken it, as the domestic church forms the foundation of the Church and that needs to be supported and nurtured.
Aware of the wellbeing of a society is intimately tied to the wellbeing of the family and our parish is committed to reinforcing the sanctity of the marriage covenant. It acknowledges and supports the pivotal position of the mother as the heart of the family and her role in the moulding of the future generations and the faith formation of the family.
Our parish is primarily aware of the cultural invasion that creeps into the second generation unprecedently due to modernism in all walks of family structure. Children become disobedient, questioning and even rebellious as they are backed by the legal liberalism in Australia. The Syro Malabar society is in no way an exception to the tremendous impact of multicultural society in Australia. Aggressive materialism overrules the value based Christian life. A substantial absence of women from their families because of jobs and earning creates a virtual orphanhood for the children. Moreover, the stress and tension from the work place and the physical fatigue can lead to minimal maternal care for the children as well.
To encourage family-oriented movements like “Teams of Our Lady”, “Couples for Christ”, “Marriage Encounter” and the like to discuss and evaluate responsible motherhood, like Mary, Mother of God, as well as to empower and unite women of the parish mentally, emotionally, and spiritually through connectedness.
We attempt to raise awareness among Syro Malabar families about the domestic church’s health, and how it depends on the health of the family that derives from the mental, emotional, sentimental, psychological and above all the spiritual health of the family members.
To find the measures to regain the strength and vitality of traditional Christian families. Summarising the ministry for women in three thrusts would be ‘spiritual health, family health and next generation’s health ’.
Conscientious women, the futility of over work and earning are at the cost of responsible parenting in the early stage of child rearing. Therefore, to create awareness among women about the impending mental frustrations and vacuum of the children in spite of stress releasing conventional outings, picnics and gatherings.
To nurture a culture of mutual respect and care in the familial realm emphasising the divine dignity of motherhood, to design faith formation programs to reorient the families towards the nature of the early Christian communities in relationships, prayer life in families, attitudes and actions of our children.
- Doing fund raising activities like raffles, food stalls, home grown vegetable stalls etc.
- Sponsoring a Seminarian for the Melbourne Diocese (Majority of the fund is used for this purpose)
- Mathruvedi takes the lead for church decorations and altar decorations.
- Providing First Aid during church gatherings, retreats and other church related functions
- Conducting one day seminars for parenting and other relevant topics
- Organising family outings, one day tours and home visits
- Seminars and workshops to support and empower mothers in their family life.
- Mathruvedi would like to conduct chain rosaries, monthly Adoration, and monthly prayer gatherings to enhance the spiritual growth of the family and community.
Office Bearers 2019-20
President – Ushas Saji
Secretary – Anu Jojo
Treasurer – Jincy Joju
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