Jesus Christ has gathered all men and women into "a certain supernatural solidarity." As a consequence, all people, especially those who enjoy prosperity, must support works of charity and works of social assistance. The Church denounces the scandal occurring in a society in which some have a superfluity of goods while others are "being crucified by hunger, disease, and every kind of wretchedness" (GS 88). This "option for the poor" cannot remain on the abstract level but "must be translated at all levels into concrete actions until it decisively attains a series of reforms" (GS 88).
The Dalit Christians are freely enjoying thier right to profess, pratice and propagate their faith.
Restore the rightful dignity of Dalit Christians
Avail equal opportunities to Dalit Christians with others.
Accessibilitiy to the constitutional safeguards enjoyed by the other Dalits.
Access to dalit rights.
DIRECTOR AND MEMBERS
Rev. Fr. David Dellario
: St. Paul the Hermit Church
Thandagunda, Thogarsi Post
Shimoga District - 577 427
ST/ SC/ BC CHRISTIANS MINISTRY
The dignity of the human being demands social justice which receives impetus from the teaching of Christ and in the reflection of the Church as communio. "In seeking to promote human dignity, the Church shows a preferential love for the poor and the voiceless" (EA 34). This love for the poor and the decisions which it inspires in us, cannot but embrace the immense multitudes of the hungry, the needy, the homeless, those without medical care and, above all, those without hope of a better future. It is impossible not to take account of the existence of these realities. In this context, the Church emphasizes mutual interdependence and cooperation among all the faithful.
The poor need support and care in order to preserve their human dignity. "The Catholic community needs to intensify pastoral work among
these people, attending to their concerns and to the questions of justice which affect their lives so that they can work to improve their situation and become the evangelisers of their own culture and society"(EA 34). All God's people must give not only from their surplus but also from their substance. This provides a necessary corrective to an overly individualistic understanding of one's rights, a tendency which often prevails in society (GS 88). Solidarity with the poor becomes more credible if Christians themselves live a simple life with unfeigned love for all. The Church needs to adopt a lifestyle consonant with the teachings of the Gospel, so that they may better serve the Church's mission and so that the Church herself may become a Church of the poor and for the poor.
"Through inculturation the Church becomes a more intelligible sign of what she is, and a more effective instrument of mission" (RM 52). The mission of inculturation is carried on through service or the transformation of the secular world into a world permeated with Christ. It can mean inviting a fellow employee to a session or maintaining moral principles in the workplace. In carrying out their mission,
laypersons may work as individuals or as members of teams or organisations. Complete immersion of the laity in their faith through their wide-ranging occupation in the secular world could be expressed thus: The one who cleans the streets is under the same obligation to witness to the faith as the one who heals the sick.
Commission Action Plan
A survey shall be conducted in each parish to provide information about the needs of the economically backward which are to be addressed in the Parish Pastoral Plan.
Steps must be taken to eliminate all discrimination against the economically backward in all the consultative and participatory structures at the parish, deanery and the diocesan level.
The Parish Pastoral Councils should form sub-committees to assist the economically backward in interacting with the concerned government agencies and to make them aware of the benefits of the government schemes and other non-governmental organisations.
Lavish expenditure on the occasion of feasts, weddings, Baptisms, First Holy Communion, religious profession, Priestly ordination and other celebrations should be curtailed so as not to give counter witness to our preferential option for the poor.
Every family in the parish must be encouraged towards small savings. Self-help groups aiming at self-reliance must be started in every parish.
Every parish should have some fund established for the economically backward. The economically well to do parishioners should be encouraged to contribute generously towards this fund from their own resources.
Providing basic necessities like water, shelter and sanitation for the economically backward could be done through the Shimoga Multipurpose Social Service Society.
Every parish must aim at building a house for a poor family or providing employment for an unemployed person or education for one person every year.
Provision of adequate structures and special courses for the economically backward to equip them with skills to make them self-sufficient is the need of the hour. Income generation activities like cottage industries, commercial crops and small-scale agriculture are to be encouraged and promoted. Encouragement is to be given to the small and marginal farmers towards improved methods of agriculture and commercial crops.
Efforts must be made to set up orphanages and welfare centres, shelter for street children, home for the aged and the destitutes. All these activities need to be coordinated with the Shimoga Multipurpose Social Service Society.
The Photo Gallery of Commission's Activities
Sacred Heart Cathedral, Shimoga Image copyrights - Diocese of Shimogadbclc_gallery/large1.jpg
Bishop's House, Diocese of Shimoga Image copyrights - Diocese of Shimogadbclc_gallery/large2.jpg
Mahila Sangha, SMSSS, Shimoga Image copyrights - Diocese of Shimogadbclc_gallery/large3.jpg
Our Lady of Health, Hariha - The Diocesan Shrine Image copyrights - Diocese of Shimogadbclc_gallery/large4.jpg
St. Thomas Church, Davanagere Image copyrights - Diocese of Shimogadbclc_gallery/large5.jpg
SMSSS, Shimoga Multipurpose Social Servie Society Image copyrights - Diocese of Shimogadbclc_gallery/large6.jpg
Don Bosco Church, Chitradurga Image copyrights - Diocese of Shimogadbclc_gallery/large7.jpg
St. Anthony's Church, Shanthinagar, Shimoga Image copyrights - Diocese of Shimogadbclc_gallery/large8.jpg
World Famous Falls, Jog Falls, Shimoga District Image copyrights - Diocese of Shimogadbclc_gallery/large9.jpg
Christ the King Church, Jog Falls Image copyrights - Diocese of Shimogadbclc_gallery/large10.jpg
Declaration of Hariha Shrine as the Shrine of the Diocese Image copyrights - Diocese of Shimogadbclc_gallery/large11.jpg
Faithful Praying at Harihar Shrine Image copyrights - Diocese of Shimogadbclc_gallery/large12.jpg