13 DHLC in 2017-18 - Ninette Maria Lobo

posted Jun 6, 2018, 10:02 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Jun 6, 2018, 10:02 AM ]
In a tweet, Pope Francis said, "We are called to defend and safeguard human life, especially in the mother's womb, in infancy, old age and physical or mental disability."

The DHLC has been working tirelessly in the Pro-Life ministry. Programmes for school children as well as for couples, and marriage and family issues are dealt with. The members of the DHLC create awareness through their newsletter Jeevutsav, as well as articles in the Diocesan Weekly, The Examiner. The DHLC members collaborate with the Bio-Medical Ethics programmes as Resource persons.

I feel delighted to introduce the many works, activities and programmes organised by the DHLC in 2017-18:

1. Adult Education Programmes

April 10, 12, 19 / July 14, 19, 26, 27 / August 9, 12, 14, 23 of 2017

These were conducted at St Xavier's School, Ryan's School and St Lawrence School. The Resource person was Dr Jeanette Pinto.

2. Projects in Collaboration with the Diocesan Catechetical Centre

Numerous sessions on the 'Theology of the Body' were conducted for catechists by the DHLC. These sessions were attended by catechists of various parishes in large numbers. This year, the Diocesan Human Life Committee collaborated with the Catechetical Centre, and recommended the theme of 'Theology of the Body' for the year. Given the current trend of moral relativism, the floundering sanctity of marriage and the deteriorating perception of the value of human life, the urgent need was felt to foster in the children a sense of wonder of Creation and God's plan for each one in the state of life they would choose. This year, the Diocesan Human Life Committee undertook two projects for the Catechetical Centre, namely:

2a. Faith Celebration Projects for Grade 7 and 8 – May 2017

Each year, the students of Sunday school grades 7 and 8 are provided with lesson plans on existential catechesis. This year, the Diocesan Human Life Committee provided the concept and content for the Theology of the Body (TOB) based theme, 'Human Love in the Divine Plan'. The lesson plans were adapted from the book, 'Life is Beautiful', a handbook for remote marriage preparation published by the CCBI Family Commission. The projects endeavoured to prepare the children for their vocation in life. The DHLC team and some volunteers from the Catechetical Centre were trained by Allwyn Dantis. This culminated in the Faith Celebration Day on January 14, 2018, when the children gathered in their respective deaneries and presented their learning from the projects. DHLC appointed some moderators to be present at some of the deanery events.