posted Jun 20, 2018, 9:13 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Jun 20, 2018, 9:13 AM ]
The Office for Lay Collaboration in Ministry (OLCM) was started in the Archdiocese of Bombay in 2004, as a result of the recommendations of the Bombay Archdiocesan Synod of 2001.

Diocesan-level activities

OLCM caters to the needs of the Associations and Cells of the Archdiocese of Bombay. This is done in a variety of ways: from organising and conducting a bi-annual training at parish level for the heads and assistant heads of Associations, Cells and Movements, to the publishing and circulation of a quarterly newsletter 'Cornerstones' that provides useful material for running one's group more effectively.

Since Laity Sunday 2007, a diocesan gathering of the heads and assistant heads of Associations and Cells is organised on that day to remind them of the fact that they are "One in Spirit, All in Service". Laity Sunday 2018 is centred on Pope Francis' Apostolic exhortation Gaudete et Exsultate - A Call to Holiness. The articles in The Examiner and the programme on Laity Sunday will expand on this theme.

On the same day, these heads and assistant heads are "installed" at the parish Mass. It is a way of acknowledging the role of the parish community vis-à-vis the Cells and Associations.

A parish-wise directory of Lay Heads of Associations and Cells is updated annually – a very useful database that gives one all the information across the archdiocese at a glance. It can be accessed on the OLCM website www.olcmbom.org

Guilds and Groups

Another initiative of the OLCM has been the gathering together of lay Catholic professionals from different walks of life – Lawyers, Secretarial & Administrative Professionals, Accounts & Finance Professionals, Human Resource professionals, Media personnel, School teachers, Social workers, etc. These gatherings have generated a lot of interest, and some of the groups meet on a monthly basis to share ideas and network more effectively. If you are interested in being part of one of these groups, write to contact@olcmbom.org for more details.