Every year OLCM conducts various training sessions across all Deaneries in Mumbai. 2017 midyear topic was ‘BREAKING BARRIERS TO BUILD BRIDGES – A Call to Encounter and Embrace the Poor’.  The topic was carefully planned following the message from His Holiness Pope Francis for the First World Day of the Poor – 19 November 2017, ‘Let us love, not with words but with deeds’. His Holiness appealed to Bishops, and all priests and deacons who by their vocation have the mission of supporting the poor, together with all consecrated persons and all associations, movements and volunteers everywhere, to help make th World Day of the Poor a tradition that concretely contributes to evangelization in today’s world.

St. Joseph Juhu, St. Louis, Dahisar, OLPS Parish Chembur, St. Lawrence Parish Waghle estate, Thane, Our Lady of Dolours Wadala

OLCM members conducted trainings on the topic for heads and assistant heads in respective Deaneries. Many Parish Priests and Assistant Parish Priests too attended the sessions. The topic was highly appreciated and well received with many lay heads and assistant heads displaying the willingness to do the necessary for the ‘World Day for the Poor’ on 19 November 2017. There was great amount of interaction during the sessions. Some sessions were conducted in Konkani considering the preference of those attending who expressed gratitude for the thoughtfulness of the team. In some Parishes, the scheduled sessions were held despite the sudden rains owing to the enthusiasm and presence the respective lay heads and assistant heads making it even more meaningful.

Many stayed back to discuss and plan the proceedings involved in celebrating the ‘World Day for the Poor’ on 19th November 17. Many Priests present sprang into action by forming groups who could plan, organize and implement to make the day more meaningful for everyone in the Parish. They even promised to back up whatever the concerned groups planned. One Parish even considered taking the entire planning as a project by the Family cell for the Parish.