My dear children, sisters and brothers,
Welcome to the New Year of Faith Formation. Hope you all are excited to come in person to attend the catechism classes even though we are going through these unprecedented times of Covid19 pandemic..
In the Prologue of Catechism of the Catholic Church we read, “God, infinitely perfect and blessed in himself, in a plan of sheer goodness, freely created man to make him share in his own blessed life. For this reason, at every time and in every place, God draws close to man. He calls man to seek him, to know him, to love him with all his strength….” (CCC #1). The family is the first place where the lessons of faith are practiced, nurtured and developed; and the parents are the first teachers of Faith Formation. The Catholic faith and the Catholic identity become rooted in children’s lives through the ways and practices the parents express their faith. The parents only need the assistance and support of the parish community in the faith formation of their children.
Our Faith Formation program is very essential to the growing generation. Our children are well-versed in their academics and extracurricular activities, but many are ignorant of their faith in Jesus Christ, the Savior. When they face challenges and difficulties it is hard to find answers, unable to stand up with their beliefs. Although we struggle in our faith, I request you all to do the best to understand the meaning of what we believe, and live the faith; encourage others to know the Salvation granted to us as a free gift.
Fr. Ligory Kattiakaran