BCC

BCC

BCC is the extension of the life and times of the apostles, soon after the crucification of Jesus. They feared persecution and death in the hands of his killers. Their faith and belief in him was beginning to set in and doubts disappear by the working of the Holy Spirit who had descended upon them enabling them to speak many languages, filling them with a noble rage to go out into the world and spread the gospel. So intense in sprit where they at that time, that they met within closed doors and talked in chaste whispers. They forsake everything they had and shared among themselves, whatever they had. Not only the apostles, the people who heard them, also brought in whatever they had in cash or kind and food was served to the people who gathered there in the name of resurrected Jesus.

Today, the situation is different only in that the word of the lord has been heard all around us. But, like the seeds that fell on the rock or perhaps the wayside, they do not produce any fruit. Our faith in the resurrected Christ and his presence in the Holy Eucharist has to percolate down into our very elements. There is no more places for’ Doubting Thomases’ and people who take the word of our Lord with a pinch of salt. Even in India, which is the largest democracy in the world, where freedom of  religion is enshrined in the constitution, persecution of Christians  is rampant ,especially in the north.

Many of us fear and most of us feel shy to speak about the Gospel of our Lord. It  is the opening of our ears and the embolden of ourselves  that the BCC aims to achieve.

Characteristics of the B.C.Cs

  1. Faithfulness to fellowship
  2. The "Word of God" becomes the source of their life and relationship
  3. They minister to each other in their pastoral, social and educational needs.
  4. They become an Eucharistic community.

The first characteristic of the B.C.Cs is deepening the relationship between the members and the reconciliation between each other, so that they can be witnesses to the love of Christ by breaking all divisions in the community. This experience of fellowship gives them a sense of belonging and they come to the understanding that Christianity is not commitment to some ideas but commitment to persons.

Contribution of the B.C.Cs

  1. Increased the participation of laity in the life of the Diocese.
  2. Lay leadership grew qualitatively, especially the leadership of women.
  3. Liturgy and participation in sacraments and family prayer became more active.
  4. Spreading and breaking of the Word of God increased.
  5. Ability to pray spontaneously
  6. Social commitment has increased so that they minister to each other to a large extent.
  7. Developed the different talents of the people.
  8. Attitudinal change in the people brought about generosity and deeper fellowship.
  9. People feel that they are the Church and their sense of belongingness increased.
  10. The faith of the people and the capacity to forgive each other have increased.
  11. Popular devotion and active participation in the pious associations increased.

A three tier system - Diocese, Vicariate, Parish was introduced.

The Basic Christian Communities (BCC) of the parish assembles at least once in a month in one of the houses for the meeting. A BCC unit consists of families from 20 to 30 in number, in a particular geographical area. The programme of the meeting consists of prayer, reading, sharing of the Word, discussion based on the reading, in the background of local need, occasion or a particular situation. The discussions ultimately lead the unit to undertake a particular mission/programme. The meeting can be a celebration of religious festival, local festival, different occasions of family life etc. The method of conduct of meeting is suitably modified to suit the occasion, retaining the basic elements of the B.C.C.

Wards are the structures that consist of different BCC units.
Parish level leaders meeting are held regularly for the evaluation and implementing of further programmes in the parish
In the Forane level, Forane commission meeting is held regularly under the leadership of the priest coordinator of the BCC ministry
In the Archdiocese, the Director of B.C.C. convenes the meeting of animators, co-ordinators, and resource team whenever necessary.

Latin Arch Diocese, Thiruvananthapuram, BCC’s vision is all about Renewal of Life through the Word in relation to community

There are six wards in St Joseph’s Metropolitan Cathedral , Palayam Parish.

  1. Palayam
  2. Kunnukuzhy East
  3. Kunnukuzhy West
  4. Rishimangalam
  5. Pattom
  6. Secretariat

 

 

Name and Telephone Numbers of Unit Leaders-2019

  1. No

      Ward

    B.C.C.Unit

    Male Leader

    Vanitha Leader

    Secretary

    1

    Palayam

    St.Jemma Galgani

    Raghavan.C

    9495550081

    Mary Raseela

    9539779584

    Lilly Roshni

    9446164999

    2

    St.Mathew

    Aloysius L.A

    9497018384

    Beena Kumari

    9447903195

    Anish Vincent

    9895555288

    3

    St.Ann’s

    G.Stephen

    9446967013

    Thresiamma K Das9447011740

    Reena Edwin

    9497154582

    4

    St.Benedict

    Franklin

    9446055855

    Georgina

    9946110895

    Jerone

    702536998

    5

    St.Elizabeth

    A.S.Johnson

    7034618339

    Gladys Sebastian

    9562384797

    Reeba Benedict

    9567332330

    6

    St.John Britto

    S.Pappachan

    9446033254

    Dolly Francis

    9446613674

    Kavitha.A

    9446288114

    7

    St.Aloysius

    Aloysius P.J

    9447957504

    Annamma Lobo

    9526258890

    Rosemary Joseph

    8893797712

    8

    St.Joseph

    Salvador S

    9388228963

    Dora Antony

    9745448091

    Tresia George

    9846388066

    9

    St.Louis

    Nepolian M9895076567

    Susheela Lopez 9645968689

    Bindhu Jose9947519382

    10

    Secretariate

    St.James

    Xavier Primus Rajan M.R

    9447102732

    L.Jossie Catherine

    9895837103

    Selvius

    9447101433

    11

    St.Mary

    C.Joseph

    9947723201

    Ambili Bruno

    9847931024

    Dr.Antony Leo

    9446333505

    12

    St.Clara

    Suresh Kumar
    989579071

    Kasthuri.R

    963339344

    Mary.R

    9020860616

    13

    St.Bernard

    Johnson D’cruz

    9446559767

    Helen Fernandez

    9446355588

    Mary Francis

    9846315555

    14

    St.Alphonsa

    John Alex

    9446795259

    Mercy Rajan

    9633557260

    Mary.K

    7994339947

    15

                       Rishimangalam

    St.Jerome

    N.Raju

    9495649952

    Annie Jacob

    9895243832

    Sheeba Jerome

    8157949964

    16

    St.Theresa of Child Jesus

    Johnson

    9495936823

    Sajitha Rani

    9446228694

    Sheela.J

    8281179601

    17

    St.Francis Assisi

    Eric Bastian

    9446930021

    Gladys Chandrika

    8281278263

    Sobha Shiju

    9446541616

    18

    St.Damian

    T.J.Alex  9349477135

    Nimmy Helen Stanley 8089331049

    Justin Alexander

    9995239278

    19

    St.Catherine

    David Rebeiro

    9895804516

    Teresa john

    8156915103

    Emma Miranda

    9847912333

    20

    St.Mark

    Jerard.M

    9495736757

    Prathibha John

    9995647159

    Mary Tresa Walter

    9495631532

    21

    St.Cyril

    Jacob .C

    8281489844

    Mary Sebastian

    8606524134

    C.Jacintha

    9567432999

    22

     

    St.Vincent De Paul

    George John

    9846114148

    Anitha Robin

    9037324973

    Sandhya Francis

    9633747877

    23

    Kunnukuzhy West

    St.John Bosco

    Ruben D’cruz

    9446335188

    Juli Simson

    9895711502

    Joseph Antony

    9847064144

    24

    Infant Jesus

    D.Geogykutty

    9495649047

    Susheela Dominic

    9847160965

    Reena Pereira

    8547881687

     

     

    25

    St.Ephrem

    Vijayan

    9847202560

    Bindhu

    9447459330

    Clarence

    9495201812

    26

    St.Bridget

    S.George

    9497852578

    Kochuthresia

    9495825663

    Marykala

    9745166233

    27

    St.Michael

    John Britto Lopez

    9447260446

    Mary Pushpam

    9496475185

    Jemma Jesudas

    6282441804

    28

    St.Simon

    Jerome Gomez

    9744101810

    Bruno Andrew

    9446590306

    Reena Anil

    9895951227

    29

    St.Charles Borromeo

    Jimmy.J.J

    9447900708

    Regina Fransis

    9961393040

    Kochutresia Alex

    8129987128

    30

    St.Jude

    A. Xavier

    9447388619

    Marylaly

    8089288175

    Susamma

    9446750185

    31

    St.Mother Theresa

    Jerome Bruce

    8547402992

    Mini Dynecious

    9447784587

    Jibi Joseph

    9846344455

    32

    Kunnukuzhy East

    St.Monica

    Jose .V

    9895884491

    Nirmala

    8089314084

    Thenmozhi

    9947766926

    33

    St.Patrick

    Agustin

    9526494103

    Sutha  Xaiour

    8606392117

    Fransis Assisi

    9447657876

    34

    St.George

    Arogyam john

    9037401770

    Rena Antony

    8129644596

    Loveja

    9495521132

    35

    St.Gabriel

    Shaji Felix

    8547305138

    Regis Mary

    8943301536

    Irin

    9567196030

    36

    St.Dominic

    Elias Varghese

    8089740056

    Ajitha Dileep

    9745022655

    Sherin Varghese

    8891667703

    37

    St.Sebastian

    Jerome .E

    9895952311

    Preetha George

    8606722004

    Jacklin Vijayan

    8714328539

    38

    St. Pius

    Antony P

    9847904774

    Christina Peter

    9094918183

    Sebastian.R.G

    8606835103

    39

    St. Agnes

    Ajikumar.P

    9497008732

    Kunjumol Varghese

    9447446300

    Mini Rajan

    8129296920

    40

    Pattom

    St. Philip

    Sunny Nettar

    0471-2728144

    Sheela

    9961057022

    Danny Nettar

    9995266653

    41

    St. Peter

    Thomas .J.R

    9447223267

    Linda Pereira

    9447495226

    Geetha Anil

    9449964818

    42

    St. Robert

    Subash .R

    9745448678

    Stella

    9895555231

    Jolly.V

    9995094487

    43

    St.Antony

    Sajan Henry

    9847109555

    Marykutty Thangachan

    9562611308

    Leena Noronha

    9446980926

    44

    St. Martin

    Joseph Fernandez

    9447149686

    Jeeji Joseph

    8943980408

    M Basil

    9400211000

    45

    St. Paul

    Liyons

    9947024512

    S.Mary Margret

    0471-2313528

    Jeslet Dhanaraj

    9947974344

    46

    John the Baptist

    Austin.A.Morris

    9447427376

    Shirly Ansalam

    9349490607

    Pettilda John

    9995739770

    47

    St.Ignatius Loyola

    Shajan Martin A.G

    9447387563

    Shiny Mathew

    9633794853

    Sibi Anto

    9995740999