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“Faith Formation is a lifelong for each of us. Catechesis is an education of children, young people and adults in the faith, which includes especially the teaching of Christian doctrine imparted, generally speaking, in an organic and systematic way, with a view to initiating hearers into the fullness of Christian life" St Alphonsa Faith Formation is an important ministry of St Alphonsa Syro-Malabar Catholic Community, Canberra. It was inaugurated  on Sunday 07th October, 2007 by Fr. Francis Kolenchery and Fr. Varghese Vavolil . Currently we have 29 catechist and 264 children, with Mrs. Selin Sebastian as catechetical secretary and Martin Joseph Thirunilathil as the Head Master.

Mission Statement:

At St Alphonsa Faith Formation Classes, we strive to:

•Nurture a personal spirituality that is relevant to children and foster a sense of belonging to the Syro-Malabar Rite through the teaching of Catholic traditions and Christian values.

•Encourage and celebrate a love of religious learning through which children are challenged to achieve their personal best by developing the skills and attributes of the lifelong learner through a broad-based curriculum distributing by the Catechetical Textbook Series of The Syro- Malabar Church.

•Recognise value and access all available Syro-Malabar Catholic resources for the continued development of the learning environment.

•Empower children to be loving, self-confident and understanding individuals who learn from their experiences in preparation for their future challenges.

Curriculum & text books: The text books published by the Synodal Commission of Catechesis and Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD), Sydney are taught in the classes

Funding: A donation of $20 per student is collected in order to organize text books and events.

Program includes:

  • Holy Mass on Sundays and special occasions
  • Children’s Liturgy
  • Sunday Catechesis
  • Intensive Catechism
  • Cherupushpa Mission League
  • Thirubalasakhyam (Holy Childhood)
  • Altar Service
  • Bible Fest
  • Choir Service
  • Seminars and retreats for children and parents
  • Refresher courses and workshops for Teachers
  • Annual Magazine


Important information


  • Catechesis will be on every Sunday from 4:15 to 5:20 pm.  
  • After the catechism class, all students are expected to attend the Holy Mass at 5:30 pm.
  • Cherupushpa Mission League (CML) and Holy childhood meetings will be conducted on all fourth Sundays from 4:45 pm to 5:20 pm.
  • The text books published by the Synodal Commission of Catechesis and Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD), Sydney shall be taught in the classes. The books are issued from the Library. Books must be kept clean, wrapped and labelled. No drawings or scribbling will be accepted any part of the textbook.
  • Parents meeting will be conducted each term.
  • English Syro-Malabar Holy Mass will be celebrated on First Sunday of the month.
  • Examinations and assessments will be conducted in each term. Every student must attend the annual examination to be promoted to the the higher class.
  • Annual Bible Fest will be conducted with competitions based on Biblical themes.
  • Catechetical Directory is given to each child. Parents can communicate to the respective class teacher via the Directory.
  • Children are expected to maintain this diary with the required information. They can use the prayers given at the end of the directory for the family and personal prayer.
  • Children are expected to actively participate in Eucharistic celebrations, Mission Sunday, Cherupushpa Mission league,  Holy childhood, extracurricular activities and Bible Fest.

(Prepared by Mr Martin Joseph Thirunilathil, Head Master, St Alphonsa Syro-Malabar Community, Canberra)