The Catholic Archdiocese of Onitsha recognizes that community and faith are mutually inclusive and is always looking at ways to strengthen this relationship further; connecting with the community, whatever their age or stage of faith.
In 2011, a pilot program was launched, which specifically aimed to provide support to families by connecting them to the life of their parish, their school community and new or existing networks of families to enable them to participate in the family, faith, social and educational activities of their local community.
The Project Officer aims to engage families into the parish community and liturgical life of the parish and assists families to participate in primary and high school events.
The project also aims to:
With an emphasis on going to where the people are, whether that be a BBQ, school sports event, Surfest or a fundraising morning tea, the Parish-Family Liaison Officer invites the community to connect with the church, find out more about opportunities and initiatives and share common goals, concerns or experiences.
This has already been extremely successful, with sport, liturgies and mini Vinnies the three main areas of engagement promoted by the Parish-Family Liaison Officer. Craft activities and school Masses also develop a strong sense of community outreach and engagement.
As a community member, parent, teacher, student parishioner or priest, take a look at some of the ways you can, or may already, connect with parishes, schools and communities.
It is envisaged that the outcome of this project would be the catechesis of families through ministering to children.