Catholic Diocese of Kurunegala
Catholic Diocese of Kurunegala is a religious organization, which has been in existence since 1987 when it was split from Chilaw diocese. The mission of the diocese, as a religious institution, is to propagate Catholic faith. As a Faith-based agency for development, the diocese endeavors to compassionately alleviate human suffering and pain by addressing underlying causes of poverty through the provision of humanitarian and developmental services to the entire society.
The Catholic community of the Diocese of Kurunegala, through the guidance of the Holy Spirit and in unity with the universal Church, boldly proclaims the Gospel of Jesus, prayerfully worships in word and sacrament, and compassionately serves those in need, in order to advance God’s Kingdom of justice and love.
Year theme 2021
Basic groups enable the community to take responsibility for sharing the mission of Christian hope with their neighbours.
Small Christian Communities are very instrumental in bringing the Gospel down to the lives of the people. They are effective way of making people feel that they are fully part of the church’s evangelizing work. The lay faithful through the Small Christian Communities have a very effective role in the whole process of evangelization. They can very well build up the believers into a community of faith and love. Thus, the Small Christian Communities are means and occasion to proclaim the Gospel in a concrete manner and share God’s love in an effective way.
In his encyclical ‘Redemptoris Missio’ (1990), John Paul II said, "These communities are a sign of vitality within the Church, an instrument of formation and evangelization, and a solid starting point for a new society based on a 'civilization of love'.
The Church has to be "outward looking and participatory", a "sharing Church, a serving Church and a vibrant Church." The church is exhorted to be salt and light in the world (cf. Matthew 5:13-16), in other words, an agent for fostering God’s goodness. The Small Christian Communities are the most effective agents for bringing about this in concrete ways. Small Christian Communities take more root in the less privileged and rural areas and become a leaven of Christian life, of care for the poor and the neglected and of commitment to the transformation of the society.
Thus, the Small Christian Communities are a significant new way of being church today and serve as a vehicle of parish and spiritual renewal. The Small Christian Community model of church is a way to build up the parish community from within. Through it, more lay faithful participate in the work of evangelization, since they are now familiar with the scriptures by weekly sharing and this brings a spirit of hopefulness. As St. Jerome wrote, “ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Jesus Christ”. “Equally, to know and love the Scripture is to know and love Christ in a new way”. Hence, our aim is to renew the Christian life of the faithful in the diocese through small Christian Communities. This is a much felt strong need in the diocese.
"The spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me; He has sent me to bring good news to the afflicted, to bind up the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, release to the prisoners."
Broadcasting Coordinator : Mr. Anthony Fernando
Secretary to the Bishop,
Catholic Diocese of Kurunegala,