Family Units are the basic foundation of St Thomas Syro Malabar Church, where all families get together as a larger family for growing together in faith and fellowship. The primary intention of Family Units is to bring together the Syro Malabar Catholic families that are increasingly being isolated and alienated by the living situations and life styles. The Family Unit members support each other with mutual understanding and trust. It also helps people to get to know others.
We have 28 Family Units at present, which are led by family unit leaders and guided by our priests Fr. Mathew Madathukunnel, Parish priest and Fr. Jaison Perumaden, Asst. Parish priest and a service team which is coordinated by Mr. Davis Edassery. Family Units comprise of families and bachelors. The gatherings conducted once in a month comprise of 30 to 40 families. The Family Unit leaders organizes the meetings and monitors all the activities. The parish priest is the animator of Family Unit gatherings. The members discuss the activities of the church and ways to reach out to the needy.
The monthly gatherings help members to develop love, peace, harmony and faith. Also these gatherings facilitate and encourage the younger generations to develop their creativity, talents and skills. There were different programs and activities coordinated and led by Family Units at different occasions such as Food Fiesta, Bachelor’s gatherings, Bible Quiz competitions, Cultural Competitions ,Picnics and so on.
The Family Units have been functioning for the past 12 years, actively involving in all parish activities and providing the basic support system for the church. We acknowledge the effort of Fr. Kuriakose Kannamkara OFM Cap in initiating the present Family Units system in Qatar. The success of the Family Units is due to the whole hearted support from all the committed and dedicated Family Unit leaders and its members.