A ten-minute announcement after the Sunday mass was the only way Namrata D’Souza, 21, kept herself updated about the upcoming activities and events planned in her parish.
However, soon, D’Souza, a Borivli resident, will be able to log on to the website of her parish, watch live videos and receive notifications of the events on her facebook page. To commemorate the 125th year celebrations of the Archdiocese of Bombay, Cardinal Oswald Gracias, the Archbishop of Bombay, will inaugurate the Catholic Communication Centre in the Eucharistic Congress Building in Colaba on Saturday.
The Centre will create websites and design logos for the 122 parishes in the city, and will also offer services to help churches and church-related institutes develop web designs.
“By posting updates on social networking websites and digitising all the Church material, the youth can become more aware and active,” said Father Anthony Charanghat, director of the Centre. “In India, the centre will be the first of its kind.”
The Centre will film and screen documentaries promoting the works of the Archdiocese, create teaser campaigns of parish activities and conduct workshops for schools and parish groups on media awareness.
“We recently completed work on an animated film tracing the 125 years of the Archdiocese of Bombay. Since we could not source sufficient material, we used animation,” said Father Nigel Barrett, who along with Father Melroy Fernandes is managing the Centre.