Having felt the importance of faith formation and our responsibility to impart our Syro Malabar Catholic Church traditions and values to our future generation, the catechism classes were introduced at the East Ham Mass Centre. It was officially inaugurated by Mar Joseph Powathil, Arch Bishop of Changanacherry on 12/06/2006 in presence of Rev.Fr.Biju John Cheruparambil , Rev.Fr. George Cheeramkuzhy and church members. It started off with 10 students and 3 teachers, Mr.Alex Luke, Mrs. Dency Antony and Mrs. Rani Mathew. Ever since, the department has grown significantly in terms of the number of students and teachers. In 2008 Mr. Mathew Antony became the head teacher and helped shaping up the structure .Currently there are more than 100 students studying Catechism at the centre from Reception class up to year 12.
Our Catechism programme runs on Sundays, from September to June every year. It consists of an hour of faith formation followed by the Syro-Malabar Holy Mass. The programme starts at 14.30 and ends at 15.45. The classes commence with an assembly where important instructions and information are given to the children, followed by a catechetical pledge. All students are expected to attend their Catechism Class and the Holy Mass in order to gain a complete understanding of their Catholic faith. The programme follows the approved text books of the Syro Malabar Catholic Church, and are made available to every child. Examinations are conducted twice a year. Moreover, in order to identify and nurture the talents of our children, competitions are held every year which is known as “Bible Arts Fest”.
Admissions to the classes are being managed through a registration form. The registration forms are available with the Head Teacher. The registration process includes the completion of the registration form and submitting along with a copy of the child’s baptism certificate. No registrations will be taken without the copy of the child’s Baptism Certificate.
|Mrs. Neena Josi||Head Teacher|
|Mr.Saji Maliekal||Deputy Head Teacher|
|Sr.Hancy Joseph||Year 12|
|Mr.Shaju Thomas||Year 11|
|Mrs. Dency Antony||Year 10|
|Mr.Saji Maliekal||Year 9|
|Mrs Jojin Paul||Year 8|
|Mr.Benny Joseph||Year 7|
|Mrs Lija Sabu||Year 6|
|Mrs. Lenu Tomy||Year 5|
|Mrs.Lovely Benny||Year 4|
|Mr. Biju Joseph||Year 3|
|Mrs. Graisamma Manuel||Year 2|
|Mrs Bessy Saji||Year 1|
|Mrs Tency Jain||Reception|
|Mrs, Annies Mathew||Holy Comminion|