St THomas Syro Malabar Catholic Church

History of Catechesis in Scarborough

Faith formation of the young generation, a long felt need of the pioneering community of Keralite Catholics migrated to Canada, carrying the torch of St.Thomas heritage, was fulfilled in the year 2005, with formal classes initiated for children receiving First Holy Communion. The regular Sunday school program was started in September that year with the thoughtful hard work of Fr. Jose Thaiparambil CMI, Pastor serving the St.Thomas the Apostle Mission, Toronto at that time. From a small team of about 20 teachers and about 200 students at the time, the numbers grew each year necessitating a bifurcation in 2007 for children in the western region based in Mississauga, and with the new parish in Oshawa becoming a reality in 2018, our school now connects with nearly 500 students every week for Catechesis. A team of 45 Catechists- a good number of them continue to bring their energy for 10 to 15 years, strive hard to inculcate strong values of faith in the young minds.

We realize that our children are growing up in the Canadian environment sandwiched with an inclusive culture they embrace in the society and their nurturance with Syro Malabar liturgical traditions and family value systems. To help them realize the value of growing up stronger in faith and to support them effectively we have inducted dozens of youth associates who speak the language of today’s children and teenagers.