Leadership Training

 

I can do all things in Christ who strengthens me

 

COMMUNION-MAKING PROCESSES AND SKILLS (COMPAS)

Communion-making Processes and Skills (COMPAS) training program helps to form a core group of committed couples with knowledge and basic skills required for assisting couples and families in their process of becoming true communities of mature love and enabling care. It is between couples and among members of the family that we look for the most authentic expression of the ideal and miracle of true community. With this in mind, we train a core-group of couples who has both the time on hand and a sense of mission to be of assistance to couples and families in their growth process.

The workshops have generated a high amount of positive energy among the participants and between the participant-couples. The evaluation was overwhelmingly positive and reiterated the need for creating a core-group that is adequately trained and committed. Continued training of the selected couples will be held in the coming months.

Lay Collaborators

The changes in lifestyle and values have given rise to crisis-situations in families. They stand in need of people who are trained to help them deal with such situations. Parish clergy are often helpless due to other demands of their ministry. It is in this context that lay collaborators have become important players in the parish life. The expertise and experience of the laity who are often better-poised to help hurt families are not sufficiently utilized. Some of the important aspects that often get neglected are the marital relationship, family life and parenting.

The troubled marriages and families face two types of difficulties in receiving assistance. Firstly, many families and couples do not recognize the early signs of strains in the relationships or ignore them. An early intervention in these families can transform the difficult moments in the relationship into opportunities for strengthening the relationship. This can drastically reduce the chance of breakdown of many families. However, at the moment such early warning-intervention strategies are virtually non-existent. This results in marital/family breakdowns that could have been avoided if appropriate intervention was available at the early stages. Secondly, those already in hurting marriages and broken families most often long for someone to listen to them and understand them. Due to social pressure and cultural practices, many opt not to approach a trained therapist to seek help. It is imperative, therefore, to make assistance available at close quarters so that those who need it may avail of it without hesitation. The idea is to take help to the doorsteps of troubled families instead of waiting for them to seek assistance.

In dealing with tension in families and marital problems in a parish, the role of lay collaborators is unique. The task of the lay collaborators is to be in constant touch with the families of the neighbourhood. He/She will be someone of good standing in the society and therefore command some respect in the neighborhood. They will make periodic visits to the families primarily to listen to them, to let everyone know that they are available for any assistance. As has been noted earlier, they will be trained to be good LISTENERS, and equipped to offer appropriate guidelines and suggestions as necessary. In case any particular person in the neighborhood requires professional guidance, the lay collaborators will help him/her to get in touch with a professional.