Express news service
KOCHI: In a proactive move to keep the youth of its flock together during the time of Covid, parishes of the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church and the Latin Catholic Church have launched online catechism classes. Sunday school being interrupted by the virus, the two Churches seem to adapt to the changing times. St George’s Basilica Church in Angamaly, which has about 2,000 Sunday school students, has appointed family unit coordinators to collect homework from its Sunday school students. Completion of homework and homework would be considered attendance. The assignments would also be posted on the church’s website and online channels.
To instill Christian values in young hearts without any problem, all parishes in the Archdiocese of Ernakulam-Angamaly of the Syro-Malabar Church have switched to online catechism classes. “It has been three weeks since we started the online courses and the response is very good from the children as well as the parents. Before starting the classes, a video tutorial was uploaded and a meeting of catechism teachers was called. Classes are mainly done via YouTube videos and WhatsApp groups have been created by each parish to communicate with students and give homework, ”said Father Cherian Nereveettil, Vicar of St Gianna Church, Maradu.
“The courses will take place in two phases. The courses in the first phase will focus on common topics, which all students and even parents can attend, and the other phase will be based on the program of each class, ”said Fr Jimmy Puchakkatt, vicar of the Church of St George’s Basilica, Angamaly.
After Mass, the Latin Catholic Church also switched to online catechism classes, where students can dispel doubts with teachers and interact with them in live sessions. “There are over 40,000 children in the Archdiocese and the organization of individual sessions for a particular class will take a long time, so we arranged for live interaction with the students through phone calls during the session. . Classes take place on Saturdays and Sundays for one hour, ”said Father Antony Karipatt, director of the Catechism Commission, Archdiocese of Verapoly.
Father Cherian also said that with the Covid-19 situation continuing for some time, the quarterly reviews will need to be carried out soon. “Children in the lower grades are very excited about the new digital setup. Although there has been no confirmation, if the situation continues for another two weeks, there is a plan for homework assessment to be taken into account for exams, ”he said.