Catechism is a text that contains a summary of all the fundamental Christian beliefs of the faith, that is formulated in a way that facilitates their understanding, and it is disseminated using various mediums of communication and teaching. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI (Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger) is regarded as the force behind the formation of Catechism. The ‘Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC)’ was promulgated by John Paul II on October 11, 1992.
The catechetical commission of the Syro-Malabar Church became responsible for the co-ordination and animation of the catechetical ministry of the Syro-Malabar Church from January 1999. The parish priests were asked to teach the people catechism by reciting the prayers and articles of faith. The Catholic Bishops took great interest in the introduction of catechesis for the regular schools during the first half of the 20th century.
Catechism in our Church is realized as a way of life, wherein, all designated faith formators (parents and members of the religious congregation) look to introduce the liturgy, spirituality, discipline, and customs of Christian church through the doctrine of faith. Children are segregated into classes and through the literature shared via., textbooks, discussions with teachers, short films, motivational stories, action songs, documentaries, communion of saints and the Bible; students are given a formation, education in the traditions of the Church. Catechists try their best to give an experience to every child to see, hear, touch, and experience the way of life of our faith community.
Of the 40 listed diocese which serve as the Eparchial centres, our congregation (St. Sebastian's Church -Indiranagar & Halasuru) belongs to the Diocese of Mandya.
"Serving the Church in the world, for the development of each person and the whole person" is advocated by our beloved Pope Francis. There are 73 books in the Canon of the Catholic Bible; 46 -Old Testament and 27 -New Testament; which is a great deal to study but to start, a few verses are listed from the scripture to reflect on: (Luke 11: 1), (1 John 3: 2), (1 John 3: 2), (1 Corinthians 3: 1-23), (John 14: 1-6), (Mathew 18: 18-20), (Romans 8: 14-27), (Romans 12: 5-6a), (1 Corinthians 1:1-17)