The Sisters of St. Charles Borromeo
Western province - Bangalore

Villa Borromeo, 44/1, Hennur Road, St. Thomas Town - (P.O) Bangalore – 560084

 

Lay Collaboration

                                     

LAUNCHING OF S.C.B ASSOCIATES' CONSTITUTION - 14TH October 2020

VILLA BORROMEO, BANGALORE

 

PRAYER CEREMONY FOR THE LAUNCHING OF THE BOOKLET:

THE S.C.B.ASSOCIATES CONSTITUTIONS ( Contributed by - Sr.Sheila Corda & Sr.Shanthi Crasta)

INTRODUCTION:

The Congregation of the Sisters of St. Charles Borromeo are hosting today, the launch of the S.C.B. Associates Constitutions, an important book launch which has been long over-due. The S.C.B. Associates make an important contribution to the Congregation and the Church, they are the “Signs of the times”. The vocation of the lay people is oriented to the sanctification of the family, the profession, the public life and so on.

Moved by the spirit of Vatican II, the General Chapter of 1999/2000 chaired by the Superior General, Mother Benedicta Lobo welcomed the proposal of establishing Lay Collaboration with the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Charles Borromeo. Now after 15 years of its initiation in 2004, and as requested by the Bishops, particularly of the Overseas Mission to have a written Constitution for our Collaborators, this service was undertaken by the Congregation at the General Chapter of 2018.

October 2020 is an apt month to launch the S.C.B. Associates Constitutions, the Pope’s intention for this month is as follows: The Laity’s Mission in the Church; We pray that by virtue of Baptism, the laity, especially women, may participate more in areas of responsibility in the Church.

As disciples of the Lord, the lay faithful are the ones who have the duty to serve the Gospel and evangelize the mission of the Church. With such great responsibilities put upon them, Pope Francis believes that the laity must be filled with faith in order for them to perform their duties well, and with much love and devotion.

“Baptism makes each one of the lay faithful a missionary disciple of the Lord, salt of the earth, light of the world, and leaven that transforms reality from within,” the Pope said in 2016. “We need lay people who take risks, who get their hands dirty, who are not afraid of making mistakes, who go forward… not confined to the little things of life.”

For this month, let us join Pope Francis in prayer for the laity’s mission in the church. May the lay faithful, by virtue of baptism, participate more in areas of responsibility in the Church.

HYMN:

WORD OF GOD:

INTERCESSORY PRAYERS: Our journey, is a journey with and for others. The people we live with, the people we pass on the street, the people we call friends. Our words, our actions, even our thoughts – begin a ripple of faith, that we can pass on to help bring about the Kingdom of God.

Leader: Let us pray for Cardinal Oswald Gracias, who was kind enough to give his approval  of the Constitutions  and for Auxilary Bishop Dominic Savio Fernandes, who went through the text meticulously giving direction, corrections, and suggestions in making the Constitutions more relevant and practical.

All: Lord, graciously hear our prayer

Leader: Let us be thankful for all the love and service we received from Sr. Alena Fernandez, Superior General in submitting the written text to his excellency and Sr. Virgy, General Councillor for supporting Sr. Sheila Corda and Company for going ahead with this maiden task.

All: Lord, graciously hear our prayer

Leader: Let us pray for our Associates who are our companions on the journey to proclaim the Good News by Word and Deeds, especially by doing the Corporal and Spiritual works of Mercy.

All: Lord, graciously hear our prayer.

Leader: S.C.B. Associates are companions with the Sisters of St. Charles Borromeo to imbibe the spirit of the Congregation, that is to Incarnate the compassionate love of God to all people.

All: Lord, graciously hear our prayer

Leader: Let us pray for Sr. Joyce Fernandes who designed the cover page very beautifully and for Sr. Joyce Mathew and Community who supported the maiden venture financially.

All: Lord, graciously hear our prayer

Leader: Let us pray for Mother Benedicta, late Sr. Damian, Sr. Wilma, Sr. Sheila, Sr. Lizzie, Sr. Shalini, Sr. Smitha, Sr. Rita Shanthi, Sr. Kesary, Sr. Shanthi Crasta and all the Co-ordinators and Animators who have taken this movement forward at Villa Borromeo and other sisters who have shared this mission in India and abroad.

All: Lord, graciously hear our prayer.

CONCLUDING PRAYER: O Lord, our God, You called Your people to be Your Church. As we gather together in Your Name, may we love, honour, and follow Your Son to eternal life in the Kingdom He promised. Let our worship always be sincere, and help us to find Your saving Love in the Church and its Sacraments.

Fill with the Spirit of Christ, You call the S.C.B. Associates to live in the midst of the world and its concern. Help them by their work on earth to build up Your eternal Kingdom. May they be effective witnesses to the Truth of the Gospel and make Your Church a living presence in the midst of the world.

Increase the gifts You have given Your Church that Your faithful people may continue to grow in holiness and in imitation of Your Beloved Son. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

 

In today’s globalised world, the Holy Spirit is calling for a spirituality of communion between the religious persons and laity in building up the Kingdom, and not work in isolation.

Reading the signs of the times we realize that this is the age of the laity. It is the call of the Church to give to the laity its rightful place in the Church and in the world. We see around us how the lay faithful are coming forward, getting more and more involved, putting their time, talents and potentialities at the service of the Church. It is one of the signs of the times and it urges us to build upon this strong force in the Church.

S.C.B. Associates are men and women who wish to associate themselves with our Religious Congregation and share our charism, spirituality and mission. The vocation of the lay faithful and the vocation of the religious enrich, strengthen and complement each other mutually, while each one maintains its proper identity.

The S.C.B. Associates make an important contribution; their vocation is orientated to the sanctification of the family, the profession, the public life and so on. We cannot overstate the importance and centrality of the laity, according to Lumen Gentium… “they are called by God that, being led by the spirit of the Gospel, they may contribute to the sanctification of the world, as from within like leaven, by fulfilling their own particular duties…It pertains to them in a special way so to illuminate and order all temporal affairs with which they are so closely associated that these may be effected and grow according to Christ and may be the glory of the Creator and Redeemer.”

                

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Western Province
Villa Borromeo,
44/1, Hennur Road,
St. Thomas Town - (P.O)
P.O- Bangalore – 560084

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