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Orientation for Catechism teachers - Pune

posted Jul 17, 2018, 11:15 PM by Department of Catechesis   [ updated Oct 29, 2018, 9:19 AM ]


Suvisesha Sangham Formation Programme at Pune

posted Mar 21, 2017, 9:37 PM by Department of Catechesis   [ updated Mar 21, 2017, 9:38 PM ]


Suvisesha Sangham Formation of Pune District was held on 13 March 2017 at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Khadki. The Session, led by Rev. Fr. Antony Kakkanatt, started at 9.30 am with a song followed by a reading from the Holy Scripture Ephesians 4:7-11 which was reflected upon. 

Fr. Antony taught that Suvisesha Sangham is a holiness movement; the life of a Suvisesha Sangham member is a journey towards the holiness of Jesus Christ.  At any cost, a member has to carry his/her cross daily, along with the cross of Christ.  A member must have a personal relationship with Jesus. He is our Lord, Father, Saviour, Bride-Groom and Friend.  Christian fellowship leads to worship; which again leads us to communion with Christ.

St. Paul’s letter to the Hebrews 11: 1-39 was read out and a detailed interpretation was given by him.  He informed the members that in our race towards the holiness, we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses to strengthen and encourage us. Then he elaborated on the life and qualities of each of these Fore-fathers (Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, etc.) and explained how to follow them.  Lastly, he said that the Servant of God, Mar Ivanios is our role model for the holiness.

Post lunch. Fr. Antony taught about ‘Lectio Divina’ (divine reading) of the Holy Bible. Reading of the Holy Book has mainly 5 steps: (1) Reading (2) Reflection (3) Prayer (4) Contemplation (5) Application in life. 

Later, the Scripture Luke 5: 1-11 was read out and reflected upon.  Half of the members shared the specific portion which attracted them.  The other half prayed on the basis of this portion. The thoughts reflected upon were to keep away from the shore (to keep away from worldly attractions), put out the net into the deep water (keep deep faith in crises), put out the net as per Jesus’s saying (all for His Will), etc.

Though this class was a gist of the earlier sessions, it brought a provocative thought in the minds of the members, to set out for spreading the Good News.  It inculcated the feeling that it is our duty to spread the Good News according to the Scripture and also as per the great longing of our Servant of God Mar Ivanios.

The session concluded with prayer and blessing by Fr. Antony. 

Suvisesha Sangham Formation Programme at Chennai

posted Mar 21, 2017, 9:33 PM by Department of Catechesis


Suvisesha Sangham Formation Class of Chennai District was held for 2 days on 11 and 12 March 2017 at St. Thomas Malankara Syrian Catholic church, Padi, Chennai. Class started with prayer and welcome address by G. Thomas.  It was held from 9.30 am to 4 pm.

Rev. Sr. Mary Prasad DM. took class on the topic, ‘St. Paul - His mission work and his letters. She highlighted his qualities as a missionary. He was a fervent apostle,
a very bold person, an intellectual and a great theologian. Indeed it was inspiring and we learnt a lot from this class.

Rev. Sr. Paulsy DM took class about Malankara Sabhayude Aradhana Krama Geethangal. It was also very informative.  About 45 persons attended the session and the Session concluded with prayer. 

Suvisesha Sangham Formation Programme at Bangalore

posted Mar 21, 2017, 9:31 PM by Department of Catechesis


Bangalore District level Suvisesha Sangham formation classes in Bangalore though started in 2013, from October 2015 onwards the Classes are conducted more frequently and on an average 25 members from all the four Parishes are regularly attending the classes.  Rev. Fr. Antony Kakkanatt, Rev. Fr. Varghese Valikkodath, Rev. Sisters Francina DM, Mary Prasad DM, Namitha SIC, and Sophia Paul SIC have so far conducted the Classes detailing and sharing their in-depth knowledge of the Bible  to lead a Jesus-centered Christian life. 

The participant members are getting enriched spiritually and growing tremendously with the Classes to firm up their faith and belief in God, experiencing our Jesus Christ, living ‘Suvisesham’ by following the guidelines drawn for the ‘Suvisesha Sangham’ in their daily life,

The last class was conducted by Rev. Fr. Antony Kakkanatt on 11 March 2017 at St. Mary’s Church, Hennur wherein he taught the responsibility of each one of us being in Suvisesha Sangham.   As every human being has a relationship with God, especially we being Christians are called to maintain that relationship through fellowship, worship and communion, fixing our eyes on Jesus Christ, so that we can get control over all the obstacles and evil temptations, thereby to get rid of all evil thoughts and acts in our life, to become a real Christian.

While the ‘Kaiveppu’ is planned for 11 June 2017, one more session will be arranged, mostly by April end.  

Suvisesha Sangham-Bangalore is thankful to all Rev. Fathers and Sisters who are training us, our vicar Rev. Fr. Varghese Kadakketh and the Hennur Parish Committee for making all the required arrangements to conduct the Formation Classes smoothly.

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posted Mar 21, 2017, 9:28 PM by Department of Catechesis   [ updated Oct 29, 2018, 9:10 AM ]



MCYM Resource Team Formation in Bangalore

posted Mar 21, 2017, 9:20 PM by Department of Catechesis   [ updated Mar 21, 2017, 9:29 PM ]


The Seventh Resource Team Training Session for Bangalore District was held on 18 March at St. Mary's Malankara Catholic Church, Hennur. The session on 'St. Paul, the Example to Christians' was led by Mrs. Thangam George and Mr. Shiju John. Around 20 members participated from the four units in Bangalore District including the Animators - Mr. TM Johnson and Mrs. Hema Joseph and Mathikere unit Promoter Mr. Jacob Daniel.

The session began with a prayer by Rev. Fr. Varghese Kadakketh followed by a group activity. The activity required each individual to select two other individuals - one as a personal ‘fear’ and the other as a ‘protector’ and move around whilst ensuring that ‘fear’ never gets between the individual and the ‘protector’. This activity based on ‘The Theatre of Oppressed’ is meant to depict how chaotic it is to run away from our fears and why we always need a Saviour whom we can lean on.

After the activity, Mrs. Thangam began with a brief history of Saul of Tarsus, his background, his deep-rooted belief and scholarly character. A video clip from the movie 'St. Paul' showed Saul, although being a devout Jew, resisted from stoning Stephen. Through several other clips, she brought out the constant tension that prevailed in the society after the crucifixion of Jesus. The strong Jewish faith of the masses was, for the first time, under threat because of the 'Jesus Movement'. The members went through Saul's journey to Damascus and his transformation to Paul. Paul eventually became a committed missionary who spread the Word of Jesus even though he was never in direct contact with Christ. Paul is an ideal role model for preaching the Gospel even today.

Then Mr. Shiju discussed the unique characteristics of St. Paul that led him to become an ideal instrument for spreading the Word of God. Paul exhibited qualities such as Enthusiasm, Courage, Suffering, Openness, Friendship, Intellectual ability, Standing by the poor and Preaching without remuneration during his tumultuous journey through Asia minor and Rome. Mr. Shiju showed how the Youth today can relate with each of these qualities in our daily life. We all face challenges today just as Paul did but we need to remain resilient in our faith in Christ.

Suvisesha Sangham Formation, Chennai

posted Mar 4, 2017, 8:43 PM by Department of Catechesis   [ updated Mar 4, 2017, 8:45 PM ]


Malankara Catholic Suvisesha Sangham Formation Session was held on 5 and 6 November at St Thomas Malankara Syrian Catholic Church, Padi, Chennai.

On Saturday, the Programme began with prayer by Fr Sabu Maruthoor, the Vicar of Padi Parish. The topic of the morning session was ‘The Virtues’' to be followed by the Suvisesha Sangham members. The class was taken by Sr Francina DM, the member of Sabhathala Suvisesha Sangham Formation Team. She explained very clearly about Divine and Moral Virtues.

After lunch Sr Mary Prasad handled the session. The topic was Bible Reading. It was a detailed class on the Pentateuch and how it is related to the New Testament. It was very interesting and informative. 

On the second day, the session started at 9 am with prayer by Sr. Francina and continued the class on Virtues. After that Sr. Mary Prasad led the class about Psalms.

Both the classes were very useful and everybody enjoyed.  25 members participated in sessions. 

Suvisesha Sangham Formation, Mumbai

posted Dec 28, 2016, 4:31 AM by Department of Catechesis   [ updated Dec 28, 2016, 4:31 AM ]

Suvisesha Sangham Formation Programme was conducted for Mumbai District Suvisesha Sangham on 20 November 2016 at St Mary’s Church, Sakinaka. The programme started with morning prayer at 7 am followed by Holy Mass celebrated by Rev. Fr. (Dr.) Antony Kakkanatt, Executive Secretary of  the Suvisesha Sangham.

Class by Fr. Antony started at 10 am with songs and prayer. Before the beginning of the day’s topics, Kakkanatt Achan had a recap of the topics of the preceding class taken by him on 12 June. The day’s topic was ‘Christianity is a race and fight’ based on Hebrews Chapter 2. The gist of the topic was we have a race because we have a target i.e. heaven, and we have a fight because we have an enemy, satan. Achan exhorted that those who are desirous of going to heaven should practice it in this worldly life itself by ‘being with Jesus’.

Class ended at 1 pm with noon prayer. Mr. Isaac Kuttiyil, the Sabhathala Suvisesha Sangham member delivered the vote of thanks. The class was very productive, informative and useful. The programme ended with an agape. 

Suvisesha Sangham Formation, Bangalore

posted Dec 28, 2016, 4:24 AM by Department of Catechesis   [ updated Dec 28, 2016, 4:24 AM ]


On 19 Nov 2016, the Bangalore District level Formation Programme was conducted at St Mary’s Church, Hennur and the same was attended by 28 members. Rev Fr Antony Kakkanatt, the Executive Secretary of Suvisesha Sangham made a quick wrap up of previous sessions followed by the importance of preparing for kaiveppu and also explained the key responsibilities of Suvisesha Sangham members

Once again all members got an opportunity to share their personal experiences and major changes in attitude after they started attending Suvisesha Sangham classes. The next session is planned for 21 and 22 January 2017 and the resource person will be Sr Dr Mary Prasad DM.

Suvisesha Sangham Formation, Mumbai

posted Dec 28, 2016, 4:19 AM by Department of Catechesis


Suvisesha Sangham Formation Programme was conducted for Mumbai District Suvisesha Sangham on 20 November 2016 at St Mary’s Church, Sakinaka. The programme started with morning prayer at 7 am followed by Holy Mass celebrated by Rev. Fr. (Dr.) Antony Kakkanatt, Executive Secretary of  the Suvisesha Sangham.

Class by Fr. Antony started at 10 am with songs and prayer. Before the beginning of the day’s topics, Kakkanatt Achan had a recap of the topics of the preceding class taken by him on 12 June. The day’s topic was ‘Christianity is a race and fight’ based on Hebrews Chapter 2. The gist of the topic was we have a race because we have a target i.e. heaven, and we have a fight because we have an enemy, satan. Achan exhorted that those who are desirous of going to heaven should practice it in this worldly life itself by ‘being with Jesus’.

Class ended at 1 pm with noon prayer. Mr. Isaac Kuttiyil, the Sabhathala Suvisesha Sangham member delivered the vote of thanks. The class was very productive, informative and useful. The programme ended with an agape. 

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