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Book on Small Christian Communities in India launched

The book “United Families Source of Small Christian Communities” is presented at the three-day regional meeting of Christian Communities at Raniganj Pastoral center in North Bengal. (Photo supplied)

A book on Small Christian Communities (SCC) was launched in India during a three-day regional meeting at Raniganj Pastoral center in North Bengal last week. 

Bishop Clement Tirkey of Jalpaiguri diocese presented the Bengali language translation of the book titled “United Families Source of Small Christian Communities.”

Bishop Salvadore Lobo, chairman of Bengal Regional Bishops’ Council, said it is the first Bengali book published on SCCs and family.

The book is a translation of the English edition of “SCCs Evangelize Families” published by the National Service Team (NST) of SCCs in India. 

It contains lessons for SCC animators and pastoral workers for use in catechism, said Holy Cross Sister Christin Joseph, a member of the National Service team who has worked with the movement for several years in Bengal and Bihar.

The book contains lessons on family unity, care of children, witnessing life, responsibilities of the couple, family proclaiming the Gospel values and indissolubility of marriage. 

“It is an ideal book for families,” said Father Paulus Hembrum, vicar general of Raiganj diocese.

The Nepali translation of the book was published a year ago in Darjeeling, said Bishop Stephen Lepcha of Darjeeling, who promotes SCCs throughout  his diocese. 

The book was translated by Akhil Naskar of Basanti town in Sunderbans in south Bengal. 

He said reading and translating the book “helped me to understand the importance of Small Christian Communities.

“I am sure that  pastoral animators will use this book  to proclaim the Gospel in the parishes,” he said. - Frank Krishner / RVA News

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