Bangalore, December 11, 2019 - The newly erected Archdiocesan pastoral council formed with the members drawn from the different significant bodies of the vast archdiocese of Bangalore was inaugurated on Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at Paalanaa Bhavana, the Archdiocesan Pastoral Center.
The Archbishop of Bangalore conducted the examination of the members and received their commitment to serve for the pastoral interests of the archdiocese.
The inauguration of the APC began with the Eucharistic celebration presided over by the Bengaluru Archbishop Most Rev. Dr. Peter Machado who explained that how the members will contribute to the pastoral ministry of the Church at the diocesan level especially keeping in mind the burdens of our people. “You are the family, you are the hosts and not the guests, so all the members should be part of all the archdiocesan programs’, he added.
After the mass, there was a formal program organized to introduce the members to the each other. The archbishop explained in detail the importance and role of APC and the responsibilities of its members. He stressed on the image of the Staff used by a shepherd comparing to how the bishop gathers the sheep and the APC will be very much helpful in achieving this purpose. This comes after the model of Jesus the Good Shepherd who is the true pastor, to whom we need to look up to in our efforts to make sure that all the pastoral initiatives are infused with love and compassion of God.
Rev. Fr. Anthony Prasad, the secretary of the proclamation and evangelization commission presented the Report and the Action Plans of the Extraordinary Missionary Month October-2019 to the APC, while Rev. Fr. Arokiaswamy Sebastian spoke on How to revitalize and to make the PPC and the PFC function effectively in the Parishes.
The APC meets twice a year and besides these if there is a necessity the APC meetings would be convened from time to time. At the meeting Professor C.R. Francis and Mrs. Stella Veigas were chosen as the secretary and joint secretary of APC.
Fr Cyril Victor Joseph
Archdiocesan Communication Center