Family Units
Guidelines
GUIDELINES OF STSMCC FAMILY UNITS

Family unit mode of operation:
  • Each group consists of 10-15 families living in the neighbourhood. Those who change address will become members of the new geographical area.
  • Each FU meets once a month and the group decides the rota (to have meetings in every unit member’s residence).
  • A registered member of STSMCC is democratically elected as the Co-ordinator and Assistant Co-ordinator of the FU by the unit members. Election takes place at the end of November /early December and is conducted by the existing co-ordinator. The Co-ordinator must be present at the Annual General Body Meeting of the church held in January and becomes part of the church committee (parish council). The Assistant Co-ordinator will coordinate the activities of the FU in the absence of co-ordinator.
  • Term of the Co-ordinator & Assistant Co-ordinator is 1 year.
  • Priest-in-charge/ STSMCC secretary have the right to involve in activities of the family units and resolve any issues.

Group activities (suggested)

  1. Prayer Meeting
    • song & opening Prayer
    • Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary/Sacred Heart (Karuna Kontha)
    • Bible reading
    • reflections
    • Prayer: thanksgiving, special intentions
    • concluding song
  2. Pray & wish members whose birthdays/anniversaries fall during the month.
  3. Facilitate activities for children: teach songs, prayers, encourage special talents.
  4. Discuss progress and plan future activities of your units.
  5. Collectively brainstorm and put forward relevant agendas / positive ideas to consider in Church committee meetings for the growth of STSMCC.
  6. Encouraged to record attendance and minutes (electronic or hardcopy) and report to Priest-in-charge/ STSMCC Secretary. This is to make sure every unit member’s contribution to STSMCC is recognised.
  7. Each unit shall organise Holy Qurbana  on the Sunday that is closest to their Saint’s feast days (except on special celebrations such as Christmas, Easter, Holy week, St Thomas Feast day, youth Sundays).  FU members’ responsibilities include bible reading, offertory collection, book distribution, Coffee evening etc.

All Holy Qurbana activities should be discussed and co-ordinated with Sacristan: Mathew Thomas (Please see feast days below). The Committee is responsible for the rest of the Sunday Qurbana’s.

Saints Feast days Month Keynote
St Sebastian 20/01/2010 Jan  
St Patrick 17/03/2010 March * * 1st  & 3rd Sunday of March respectively
St Joseph 19/03/2010 March *
St George 23/04/2010 Apr  
St Augustine 28/05/2010 May  
Sacred Heart 11/06/2010* June ** ** 1st & 3rd Sunday of June respectively
*Changes every year
St Anthony 13/06/2010 June **
St Alphonsa 28/07/2010 July  
St Mary 15/08/2010 Aug  
St Michael 01/09/2010 Sept *** *** 1st, 3rd and 4th Sunday of September respectively
St Vincent 27/09/2010 Sept ***
St Jude 29/09/2010 Sept ***
St Teresa 01/10/2010 Oct  
St Stephen 26/12/2010 Dec  

Group etiquette

  • Family unit members are encouraged to attend their own area gatherings only. (Outside Bristol relatives & friends may attend.)
  • No separate funds at family unit level.
  • No alcoholic beverages should be served. Only light snacks at monthly meetings.
  • Avoid clashing Family unit meetings with Church activities, if possible avoid during other related communities activities. No mixing other events such as family parties.

The intention of STSMCC concept of family units is to bring together people in neighbouring areas. Brotherhood should be the norm where people are able to have open and friendly communication. Therefore all members are expected to resolve any internal conflicts in a mature, true Christian spirit and ethical manner. Where issues are irreconcilable such members should contact the Priest-in-charge/ STSMCC secretary who will take decisions over the matters.

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Implemented: Nov 2009

Review date: Jan 2010 (after general body meeting)