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KOODARA YOGAM

KoodaraYogam is the area level gathering of parishioners for prayer, discussion, and socialization for the betterment of the parishioners and parish with the participation of parish priest.

PURPOSE OF KOODARA YOGAM

  • KoodaraYogam helps to structure the parish in area level with maximum participation of all the parishioners.
  • It is a community outreach program of the parish where priests can meet with parishioners in small groups for prayer, discussion and mingling.
  • It will give opportunity to clarify any concerns of the parishioners on church in general and parish activities.
  • It will help to discuss current issues and develop new action plans for the parish.


FUNCTIONS

  • Half an hour prayer in Malayalam or in English.
  • Awareness presentations and discussions on topics like Church, Liturgy, Community, Youth, and Social issues.
  • Koodarayogam level support to parish activities like parish day, feast procession arrangement, adoration, collection, entertainments, communication network, Christmas Carol, and Bible Quiz Competition.
  • Selection of representatives to parish council, and to various pious associations and ministries of the parish as area coordinators.


FORMATION

  • With the initiative or approval of the vicar parish, boundaries of KoodaraYogams will be decided considering the residence of parishioners.
  • Parish level coordinators will help the parish priest in organizing KoodaraYogams and coordinating their activities in parish level.
  • Each KoodaraYogam will select a coordinator, secretary, treasurer and children prayer coordinator as office bearers.
  • Representatives shall be selected for parish council, pious associations like St. Vincent de Paul Society, Legion of Mary, and ministries for different ages, and various other bodies of the parish like prayer group, and agape (social service).
  • The term of office bearers will be one year.


ORGANIZATION FORMAT

  • The coordinator will make sure that KoodaraYogams are held on a regular basis like once a month or at least once in two months, or as decided by the vicar.
  • The hosting family will fix a date and time for KoodaraYogam that is convenient for the vicar.
  • The coordinator and the hosting family will invite all the member families of the KoodaraYogams for the upcoming KoodaraYogam.
  • The children coordinator will invite all the children and youth for the KoodaraYogam.
  • The coordinator and hosting family shall make sure that the KoodaraYogam prayer books are brought to the house the upcoming gathering on time.


MEETING FORMAT

  • KoodaraYogam will start with half-hour prayer.
  • Lady of the family will do the first reading during prayer service.
  • After the prayers, a combined meeting of all including children and youth will be held.
  • The head of the hosting family will welcome all to the gathering.
  • Secretary will present report of the previous meeting.
  • Treasurer will present any account updates.
  • Vicar will make any update from the parish.
  • The coordinator will mark the attendance of families present and introduce any topic related to the KoodaraYogam.
  • Presentation of any topic related to church, community, children formation, or social issues will be presented by person assigned for that followed by discussion.
  • Celebration of birthday, wedding anniversary, and achievements of the KoodaraYogam members.
  • Entertainments if any of children present.
  • Thanks by the coordinator of the KoodaraYogam.
  • Food blessing and agape meal.


GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS

  • Only approved prayer books shall be used for KoodaraYogams.
  • KoodaraYogams shall buy enough prayer books for the active participation of all.
  • If food is provided by host family, the food shall be simple and affordable for all member families.
  • Alcohol shall not be provided during KoodaraYogam gathering.
  • Children and youth shall have enough involvement and participation.