In the month of December, 2001, we
the parishioners of OLGC, undertook a spiritual journey towards implementation of the
Archdiocesan Synod. There were sessions held at the Social Welfare Center, addressed by
His Lordship Bishop Bosco Penha and Fr. Patrick D'mello which were very enlightening and
During the sessions, members of the Parish Council, various associations and animators
of Small Christian Community contributed their thoughts and ideas. The vision statement
" Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish will be a participatory community enriching the
family, youth and society through formation, fellowship and service." was
formulated during one of these sessions. The meaning and implications of this Statement
was brought out through the definition and interpretation of its key words.
In the penultimate session, the participants gave numerous suggestions in the form of
goals, on a wide range of topics covered by the Synod document. All these suggestions were
carefully collated for formulating Mission Statement. In order to take us further towards
achieving our desires and aspirations expressed through the Vision Statement, we approached
Mr. Conrad Saldanha., Vice - President of APC, a resident of Mahim, who has the reputation
of successfully helping other parishioners including his own with the Synod document.
Fr. Tony personally contacted Mr. Conrad and apprised him of the previous sessions.
He also gave him the handouts received from his Lordship Bishop Bosco Penha and Fr.
Patrick and synopsis of the earlier sessions.
On 30th March, 2003 at 3:30 pm about 100 participants gathered at the Social Welfare
Center, to attend the session conducted by Mr. Conrad. The session began with the celebration of Holy Eucharist
followed by a recap of the previous sessions by Mr. Prosper D'Souza to refresh memory.
Mr. Conrad started the main session by distributing handouts
containing suggestions / goals given by the participants during the
previous sessions and his own concise version of the same. For better
comprehension and simplifying matters, he had already clubbed
suggestions which had recurred in different forms/ wordings but in
essence were similar.
The participants were then divided into 10 smaller groups and given
the task of comparing the exhaustive list of suggestions / goals with
those summarized by Mr. Conrad. Most of the representatives of the
groups reported positively that by and large everything was captured
in the concise list barring a few points which were added /
reinforced. The final picture which emerged is reproduced below under
the distinct headings / mission statements with goals given thereunder: