Pastoral Care comprises of the liturgy, prayer life, sacramental life, and outreach to our Christians, and other faiths. In our Pastoral Care we pay attention to the Liturgy, encourage Christians to join prayer groups like the Catholic Charismatic Renewal, the Legion of Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The Embulbul Catholic Parish is committed to safeguard its members especially the children and vulnerable adults. Series of workshops to leaders, teachers and interested groups take place often. Key priorities include:
- Enhancing a liturgical environment that fosters active liturgical participation for Parishioners
- Establishing a parameter to ensure that the gospel reaches everyone
- Encouraging Christians to actively participate in the activities of Small Christian Communities which is the nuclear church
- Growing in faith through active participation in formation, recollection, retreats and seminars;
Key committees and groups supporting the realisation of pastoral care priorities include:
The Liturgy Committee
“The liturgy is the summit toward which the activity of the Church is directed; at the same time it is the fount from which all the Church’s power flows” ” (Sacrosanctum Concilium, Article 10).
This is true for the Church as a whole, and for our parish too because although there are many ways of doing good things and even of praying, only in the liturgy of the Church do we receive God’s grace through the sacraments; only in the liturgy do we encounter God personally, in a real and efficacious way.
The Liturgy committee helps create a prayerful environment to draw the community into deeper awareness of God the creator. The Liturgy committee exists to enhance the living experience of God’s people as they come together in prayer. It plans liturgical celebrations in accordance with parish norms and parishioner’s needs. Each church within the parish has a liturgy committee. Collectively the parish liturgy committee works on creating and providing a holy and spiritual worship experience by doing the following:
- Meeting on weekly basis to discuss and improve on our Liturgy of the Holy Mass.
- Preparing for Feast Days and special times of the year.
- Reviewing each part of the liturgy from music (choir), ushers, altar servers, lectors, Small Christian Communities and groups participating in liturgical celebrations, Eucharistic ministers, Art and Environment, to the Mass itself.
- Attending different Liturgical Workshops sponsored through the Diocese to update on Liturgy.
The Catechesis Committee
“Catechesis is nothing other than the process of transmitting the Gospel, as the Christian community has received it, understands it, celebrates it, lives it and communicates it in many ways.” (General Directory for Catechesis #105)
Jesus empowered the Church to continue His mission when He said; “Full authority has been given to me both in heaven and on earth; go, therefore and make disciples of all the nations. Baptize them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Teach them to carry out everything I have commanded you. And know that I am with you always, until the end of time. “(Mt. 28:18-20).
The core roles of the catechesis committee at the Embulbul Catholic parish include:
- To proclaim, teach and form Christians- in view of helping people to believe that Jesus is the Son of God…and to educate and instruct them in this life and thus build up the Body of Christ. (Catechesi Tradendae #1)
- Come up all forms of teaching that includes the initiation of adults, youth and children as well as the intentional and systematic effort to enable all to grow in faith and discipleship (Catechism of the Catholic Church #426).