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Catechism Commission

Catechism

EtymologyHistoryMedieval periodModern period
The term Catechism derives from the Greek word Katecheo (κατηχέω) which means to teach orally. In the early Church, Christian doctrines and precepts were instructed to the newly converted persons and it was considered a catechesis.
The mystery of Trinity, mystery of life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, mystery of the Church, the second coming of Christ, Sacraments etc were the primary doctrines of the Church. Bishops and priests would instruct the newly converted (or new candidates) on sacraments and mysteries. It was considered mystagogical catechesis (learning about mysteries).
Later, no much attention was given to catechesis; faithful including clerics were ignorant of Christian doctrines. Medieval period was notorious for the ignorance. There was a form of catechism which consisted of memorisation of apostle’s Creed and Lord’s Prayer. During the time of Protestant revolution there was catechism in a question-answer form. In 1566, according to the decision of the Council of Trent, a Roman Catechism was published. It was called Catechism of Pius V also.
Bishops and priests were asked to instruct Doctrines and the faithful are asked to be trained in them. There were many attempts to do proper catechism in the Catholic Dioceses. It was in1908 that St. Pope Pius X published a Catechism text. In 1992, Pope John Paul II officially promulgated the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

Catechism in Kerala Church

Mar Mathew Makil while he was apostolic vicar of Changanacherry published a catechism text for the vicariate. He was a visionary and was convinced of the importance of catechism. He issued pastoral letters inculcating the necessity of studying catechism. Priests and parents are asked to instil Catholic doctrine among the pupils. Catholic formation from the very beginning of the life of a child was important, according to Mar Makil. (Pastoral letter of Mar Makil no. 22/1906).

Catechism in the Archeparchy of Kottayam

There is a commission for Catechism (Faith formation) in the Archeparchy with a priest as its chairman and erudite and committed religious and lay leaders as its members. Sensing the importance of the commission and the geographical distance of the parishes, a regional arrangement is provided in Malabar with a Malabar regional director and commission members.

Catechism Commission

The Catechetical Commission of the Archeparchy of Kottayam is reconstituted with the following members with effect from 1st September 2015.

  1. Rev. Fr. Mathew Kochadampallil (Chairman)
  2. Sr. Ayona SVM
  3. Sr. Alexy SVM
  4. Sr. Prakash SJC
  5. Sr. Thejas SJC
  6. Mr. Tom Mathew Karikulam
  7.  Mr. U.K Stephen, Urumbil
  8.  Mr. James Joseph Karimpanachalil
  9.  Mr. Mathews Jerry, Mulloor
  10.  Mr. A. C Lukose, Andoor
  11.  Mr. Benny Vattamthottiyil
  12.  Mr. Thomas Mathew Koyithara
  13.  Mr. Mathew Philip, Palakan
  14.  Mr. Chandy Jacob, Poozhikunnel
  15.  Mr. Vincent Randakattil
  16.  Mr. M.A. Thomas, Mundackal
  17.  Mr. James Philip, Thottathil
  18.  Mr. Shely Joseph
  19.  Mrs. Beena Joseph, Thekkuperumalil
  20.  Mrs. Jaimol Mathew, Vellamattom
  21.  Mrs. Pennamma Moolakkatt
  22.  Miss. Loucy Philip CSI