Jesus, Mary & Joseph Small Christian Community
Chaplain: Rev. Fr. Simon Ng’ang’a
Jesus, Mary and Joseph Small Christian Community (SCC) was started in January 2007. The SCC was started by about 20 ladies and 5 men during the time of Rev. Fr. Immanuel Ngugi. Most of the people who started it worked in the Central Business District and because of the traffic jam in the city centre it was not possible to join SCC in their respective estates. The group approached Fr. Ngugi who accepted their proposal to form the SCC and allowed them to be meeting in the Church compound (under Parochial School). The SCC was initially named Holy Family Basilica but was later changed to Jesus, Mary and Joseph in the year 2010.
JMJ SCC animates in the days allocated according to the Liturgy programme as well as during the Feast of the Holy Family. The Feast of the Holy Family is a liturgical celebration in the Catholic Church. Holy Family is the name given to the family unit of Jesus the Son of God, His mother the Virgin Mary, and His foster-father Joseph. The primary purpose of this Feast is to present the Holy Family as a model for Christian families and is celebrated on the first Sunday after Christmas.
The group targets all Christians, men and women, young and old. For any faithful who may wish to join the SCC, we meet on the first Sunday of every month in St. Bakhita Hall at 10.00a.m. and all one needs to do is appear in the meeting and register as a member.
Registered members – 76
Benefits of joining the Group
- Have an opportunity to witness to what the Holy Spirit has done in your life;
- Come to a better understanding on your baptismal call;
- Deepening of relationships with God and other Christians;
- Faith development – through the use of prepared materials, and reflection on Scripture and Church teachings, members gain a fuller knowledge of the richness of our Faith and how Church teachings and the Scriptures relate to their lives;
- Support in living as disciples of Jesus Christ and working to transform the society;
- Challenged to grow spiritually as an individual;
- Deepening one’s commitment to family, work, community;
- Mutual support – as community, members support one another in and through the events of life.
- Animating mass
- Participate in Acts of Mercy e.g. visit charitable homes, talk and pray with the inmates, etc.;
- Organizing Recollections and Retreats;
- Organize Spiritual talks given by our Priests and other invited guests as well as talks on various topics tackling problems faced by our members;
- Organize members social functions i.e. get-together parties, buying gifts and cards at various occasions like visiting members in their homes during confinement, sickness or death in the family.
God’s Word reminds us that we are put in relationships in order to encourage one another in our pursuit of God and His Kingdom. Small Christian Communities are powerful vehicles for adult faith formation, providing opportunities for learning, prayer, mutual support and the shared experience of Christian living and service to church and society.