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October 2009-The Church Observes as Family Welfare Month

KOTTAYAM: On the backdrop of the alarming rate of family problems, divorces and remarriages, His Holiness Baselios Didymus I declared October, 2009 as “Family Welfare Month”. The aim of this observance is to equip people to counter the disintegration of the institution of marriage and family, an inevitable byproduct of the western culture. His Holiness have exhorted all parishes to organize awareness programmes so as to strengthen and foster good family relations.

The slogan will be “Excellent family – Exemplary Society” and the theme will be “Building a family in God’s way”. His Holiness exhorted the members of the Youth Movement and Martha Mariam Samajam to organize Retreats, Seminars, Debates and Discussions, Counseling Sessions, Family get – together and the like on the parish level under the leadership of the Vicar and Managing Committee. A website by name www.marry2love.com will also be launched very shortly under the Department of Human Resource Management of the Church to give guidance and orientation for family welfare.

As the employment opportunities outside India are seemingly bleak on account of the global recession, we need to explore the opportunities available in Kerala. The Department of Human Resource Management has been planning certain programs to help the job seekers. To train and equip our youngsters for various Public Service Commission Exams (PSC), with the support of experts in the field, Orientation and Training programs shall be conducted at various centers as per the following schedule:

Orthodox Students Center, Thiruvananthapuram – 8th August 2009
Catholicate College Auditorium, Pathanamthitta – 22nd August 2009
St.George Orthodox Church Auditorium Palarivattam, Ernakulam – 12th September 2009
Parumala Seminary Auditorium – 19th September 2009

“All parishes should see that the job seekers take full advantage of this great opportunity” in an encyclical sent to all parishes, His Holiness reminded the faithful.

For more details contact: The Director, Human Resource Management, Catholicate Palace,Devalokam, Kottayam – 38, Phone: 0481-2578500, 2578499

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