Learn and Proclaim the WORD OF GOD
ONE GOD the almighty, His son JESUS CHRIST born as a man for the salvation of the entire mankind.
Governed and regulated under Syro Malabar Church jurisdiction
Final decision vested on the official nominee to Dublin from Syro Malabar Church.
Catechism is education in the faith of Chi+ldren, youth and adults which includes the teaching of Christian doctrine, imparted in an organic and systematic way, with a view of initiating the hearers into the fullness of Christian life. It is the mission and task entrusted to the Church by the Lord, to safeguard and impart faith. Catechesis is to present the sacred doctrines of faith and morals, and make it acceptable and experiential to the faithful, especially the children.
2. ACADEMIC YEAR
Sunday School academic year shall be from the second Sunday of September to the second Sunday of July every year. The church shall take utmost care not to give unnecessary holidays for Catechism classes.
As far as possible the church shall conduct classes for all the sections from Jr. Infants to Sr. Leaving Cert. catechesis. Lack of enough number of students and teachers may necessitate clubbing two classes together. In such a situation, the church is free to choose which texts shall be followed in the particular section.
4. CATECHETICAL ASSEMBLY
The Church shall conduct an Assembly prior to Sunday classes. The assembly will consist of a prayer song, a Pledge, introducing Saint and announcing Church news.
Duration of each catechism classes should be minimum one hour and thirty minutes. The right of arranging extra classes shall be vested on Church.
6. TEXT BOOK AND CALENDAR
Each student shall have a copy of the text book prescribed for the respective section, a note book and the catechetical calendar prepared every year. Catechetical calendar is a handbook with all necessary information on Sunday School academic year.
There shall be two exams in an academic year, semi-annual and annual. Semi-annual examination is Scheduled for January. Annual examination will be on June. 90% of the questions will be based on text book and 10% will be general.
Text books and the portion to be covered each academic year.
9. CATECHISM PRIZES AND AWARDS
10. LEAVING CERT EXAM AWARD FROM CATECHISM STUDENTS
Those who get ‘points’ 60% and above are eligible for award consideration. The top 1st and 2nd will be awarded in the same year.
11. SUNDAY SCHOOL CERTIFICATES
Sunday school certificates shall be given to all the students who complete Sr. Leaving Cert class of the Sunday School.
12. BIBLE QUIZ
Will be arranged from the ‘Sabhayogum’. All mass centres are expected to participate in it.
13. SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS
The school should have a Head Master (HM), sufficient number of teachers and some auxiliary staff for substitution in the case of absence of a regular teacher.
14. TEACHER’S TRAINING PROGRAM
There will be training programmes for Catechism Teachers at least once in a year.
15. CATECHETICAL DAY
Catechetical Day will be celebrated on the feast of St.Alphonsa, here on second Sunday of October, the patron of our community. Ultimate aim shall be the faith formation through different cultural programmes, talented students shall be awarded, teachers shall be honoured on the day, families are gathered together, share the food, etc.
16. CHILDREN’S ACADEMY
It is advisable to conduct short meetings with small cultural programs during important days like Parish feast day, Independence Day, Mission Sunday, Christmas etc. to highlight the importance of the event and to give opportunity to children to develop their talents.
17. CATECHETICAL LIBRARY
It is good to have a library for reference and use of teachers and students. It helps to develop the reading habits of the children especially of spiritual books.
Students shall be encouraged to receive sacraments of Confession and Holy Communion frequently.
19. ALTAR SERVERS
Altar Servers shall be trained from among the Sunday School students after their first holy communion.
20. CHILDREN’S CHOIR GROUP
They shall form a student choir group and will give them opportunities to sing during Holy Mass and other occasions.
All correspondence to the Catechetical matters shall be addressed to:
Rev.Fr. Jose Bharanikulangara,
St. Martin De Porres Church,
Tallaght, Dublin 24