4. FAITH FORMATION
“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.
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.
(Prepared by Mr Martin Joseph Thirunilathil, Head Master, St Alphonsa Syro-Malabar Community, Canberra)