CCD registration for 2015-16
CCD registration for 2015-16 is open from July 19 - August 9.
Please submit form with fees to Bindhu John.
Fees: $80 each with family cap of $220
First day of CCD is August 9th
New Holy Qurbana schedule from August 16
09:00 AM EST: Holy Mass in Malayalam
10:30 AM EST: CCD
11:45 AM EST: Holy Mass in English
Role of parents in Imparting the Catholic Faith to Their Children
The summer travels and vacation have come to an end. We are beginning a new school year with new goals and visions for the coming year. We are thankful to God for the last academic year’s success. We are grateful to God even for our failures for the lessons we learned from them. Parents and students are greatly interested in getting a good education in career oriented courses. They are willing to make any sacrifice for achieving their career goal. . It is also important to think how much effort and time we apply to learning about our faith. Do we give God the first priority in our life? Parents need to seriously consider the best means to pass on to their children the riches of our Catholic faith, the most precious treasure we have to give them. "Hear O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord Alone! Therefore, you shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength. Take to heart these words which I enjoin on you today. Drill them into your children. Speak of them at home and aboard, whether you are busy or at rest. Bind them at your wrist as a sign and let them be as a pendant on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates"( Dt 6:4-9) These words clearly teach us that parents are primary responsible to impart the faith to their children.
The duties of parents given in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC)
Parents have the first responsibility for the education of their children. They bear witness to this responsibility first by creating a home where tenderness, forgiveness, respect, fidelity, and disinterested service are the rule. The home is well suited for education in the virtues. This requires an apprenticeship in self-denial, sound judgment, and self-mastery - the preconditions of all true freedom. Parents should teach their children to subordinate the "material and instinctual dimensions to interior and spiritual ones." Parents have a grave responsibility to give good example to their children. By knowing how to acknowledge their own failings to their children, parents will be better able to guide and correct them: He who loves his son will not spare the rod.... He who disciplines his son will profit by him. Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. (ccc 2223)
The home is the natural environment for initiating a human being into solidarity and communal responsibilities. Parents should teach children to avoid the compromising and degrading influences which threaten human societies. (CCC 2224)
Education in the faith by the parents should begin in the child's earliest years. This already happens when family members help one another to grow in faith by the witness of a Christian life in keeping with the Gospel. Family catechesis precedes, accompanies, and enriches other forms of instruction in the faith. Parents have the mission of teaching their children to pray and to discover their vocation as children of God. The parish is the Eucharistic community and the heart of the liturgical life of Christian families; it is a privileged place for the catechesis of children and parents.(CCC226)
We are going to begin our CCD classes in the month of August. So I earnestly request parents to understand what the church teaches on their duties of the in the formation of faith in their children. I welcome all children and teachers to the CCD classes. Let these classes be a time to know Jesus and love him and our neighbors with all our heart, soul and strength. Thus we will be able to form a community of love by accepting others with all their shortcomings and work for the Lord and His Church.
Yours in Christ,
Fr. Mathew Elayadathamadam,msfs, Forane Vicar
St. Alphonsa Syro-Malabar Catholic Church.
Mar George Alencherry was born on 19th April 1945 in the parish of Thuruthy in the archdiocese of Changancherry as the sixth child of the ten children of Mr. Philipose and Mary Alencherry of whom two others are priests (Fr. Jose Alencherry and Fr. Francis Alencherry, SDB) and one, a religious sister (Sr. Cherupushpam, S.A.B.S.). Geevarghese is his baptismal name. Mar George Alencherry had his primary schooling at St Mary’s School, Thuruthy and secondary education at St Berchman’s High School, Changanacherry read more...