Faith formation PROGRAMs

CCD / Faith Formation Class Mission

To teach the Syro Malabar Catholic faith in partnership with parents, the primary educators of their children. The journey of faith begins at Baptism and calls for children to actively participate with their parents in the full life of our Catholic Church. In order for this journey to enrich the lives of everyone involved, each catechist, parent and student must understand and embrace his/her role.

St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Diocese of Chicago : Echo Catechetical Directory

Message from our Pastor

Health/Safety team @ ff-health-support@stthomassyronj.org

Renny Polo - CCD/Faith Formation Principal | Nisha Alex - CCD/Faith Formation Vice-Principal

CCD ONLINE FORMS


  • Form for any Technical Issues: https://forms.gle/kgNpeiTdGwFt6Pjy5

Announcements/CCD Message Center - CURRENT Update

Updated Date: 10/20/2021

We are in our 6th Sunday of Faith Formation classes and approaching the first quarter of our faith formation program for this academic year. Hope and pray that all our families are being showered with God’s mercy and love during these difficult times.

It was our desire and our Bishop’s guideline that we must provide in-person faith formation program classes to all our children on every Sunday. But, taking into consideration various scenarios, we decided in September to start our program in a hybrid mode and then to revisit our program schedule after 2 months depending on the prevailing situations.

Even though our current pandemic situations do not show much improvement; because of the feedback and experiences shared from our families by participating in a Sunday Holy Qurbana & Faith formation program together in-person, made us decide to switch over to Plan B schedule from October 31st. Just like we decided to start with our September schedule of the faith formation program, this Plan B will also be on a trial mode, and we will revisit the plan depending on our situations.

Plan for Faith Formation Program classes starting October 31st will be as follows: -

  • Current Group 1 and Group 2 composition of families will remain the same.

  • No more virtual Sessions offered from October 31st. onward.

  • The group scheduled for an in-person session for any week will not have any impact. Holy Mass and Class time will remain the same. Holy Mass at 9:30 AM and Faith Formation classes after the Holy Mass.

  • The group scheduled for the virtual session will be attending in-person class at 9:30 AM. After the Faith Formation classes, they will be attending the 11:30 AM Holy Mass with their families.

Example Schedule:

October 31st as per our schedule, Group 1 has in-person sessions and Group 2 has Virtual Classes. This will be changed to the following schedule.

*Group 1: Rosary/Sapra/Holy Mass 09:10 AM; CCD Assembly & CCD Time: 11:00 AM -12:30 PM.

*Group 2: Rosary/Sapra/Holy Mass: 11:10 AM; CCD Assembly & CCD Time: 09:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Please notice this change is effective from October 31st and plan your calendar accordingly. Also, please note that there will be a back to school schedule on Oct 31st after the 11:30 AM Holy Mass as announced in the CCD News at our Faith formation website (ccd.stthomassyronj.org). More details will be followed. If you have any questions, please reach us @STSMCC Faith Formation Admin.

Thanks & Prayers,

Faith Formation Program Admins.


Updated Date: 10/16/2021

  • Adoration Calendar is published. Please see in the below section - Faith Formation Schedule 2021-22

  • Back to School is scheduled on Oct 31st after in-person classes.

  • World Mission Sunday is on Oct 24th. CML Inauguration will be held after 9:30 am

  • Faith Connections - Newsletter Student ministry is inviting new members. Please click the link to see the details

  • Register for 2022 Parish Level Dei Verbum Bible Quiz. Please click to register

Announcements/CCD Message Center - PAST UPDATES 2021-22

Updated Date: 09/26/2021

  • First Friday Adoration on Oct 3rd will be lead by Grade 9 Students


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Updated Date: 09/21/2021

CONGRATULATIONS

TO OUR 2019-2020 DEI-VERBUM BIBLE QUIZ WINNERS

  • On Sept 26th, Group1 and Group2 students will be attending in-person faith formation classes after 9:30 am Holy Mass.

  • We will be honoring Dei Verbum winners on Sunday 9/26th during the 9:30 am Holy Mass. Special congratulations to the finalists: Jacob George and Theresa aunty!! Once again Congratulations to all the participants and winners

  • For any technical support, please submit a request through the form published on the website. https://forms.gle/kgNpeiTdGwFt6Pjy5

  • Big Thanks to all those who signed up to help the children in India. CML Team is collecting a minimum of 10$ for the talent and all these proceeds will be donated to a charitable organization to help the Children in India. If you haven't paid the 10$ fee, please pay using the breeze link below. If you have not yet signed up for the talent show but would still want to help out, please feel free to use the breeze link below. CML Team will be starting the talent show soon.


Talent show sign up form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1dWvwdNxWdcMSGke074qRGQHIg8DfKCuHiWLGGZY-6LI/edit?usp=drivesdk

Breeze link for payment: https://stsmcc.breezechms.com/give/online?fund_id=669482&amount=0

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Updated Date: 09/18/2021

Dear Families,


Welcome to our 2nd Day of Faith formation program Classes for the academic Year 2021-22.


Any health related communication must be email to Health/Safety team @ ff-health-support@stthomassyronj.org before 8 AM on Sundays.


Welcome to our first day of IN-PERSON FOR GROUP 1 Faith Formation Program Classes!


September 19 will be an IN-PERSON SESSION for Group 1 Families.

All the children are required to attend the Children's Holy Mass @9:30 AM and is followed by an IN-PERSON class until 12:15 PM.


Please see the link for our calendar: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Mkj2NvxbMXZzuxFKrks0wTYM9D5eC9AF/view?usp=sharing


All the families are required to submit a one-time Health Check Form by clicking the link

https://forms.gle/Sq1zoN8uu5ukGdJd6



Welcome to our first Day of Virtual Faith Formation Program for GROUP 2 !!


Coming Sunday, September 19 will be a VIRTUAL SESSION for Group 2 Families. This will start at 2PM.

Please see the link for our calendar: https://drive.google.com/drive/u/0/folders/1R21KFjPFBMlIJJo5ynBpzqyPjU42ytYX


Families and Children are welcomed to come for the Children's Holy Mass @9:30 AM.


Google Classroom/Google Meet/Church Email Account Details

There will be a church email account for every child from Grade 1 to 12.

Group 2 - KG students will be getting a google meet link for attending their virtual session.


Returning students from last year will be using their same email address for logging into their google classroom. Passwords will remain the same.

If you have any issues with your password and need to reset, please email to tech-support@stthomassyronj.org

or submit your issues in the form https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1kaGUR4um2EYRAWmkc2UOos3LJUSvfFE9WDEdHqsmU5Y/edit


For new families joined this year and for Grade 1 children, your email account will be in the format as follows:-


The email address will be in the format: <firstname >.<lastname>@stthomassyronj.org

Example if your child's name is Mathew Jacob, his email address is mathew.jacob@stthomassyronj.org


Temporary Password for this account (if you are a new student registering this year): NewStudent1

The system will ask you to change the password upon login. Please follow the prompts.


Please login to the google class room for your child by browsing the link below:

https://classroom.google.com/


username: Church email address assigned for your child

password: Temporary password provided above. (for returning students password will be your old password)


If you have not yet registered, please register and email tech team get the credentials.

If you have any questions, please reach out to us @faithformationadmin@stthomassyronj.org



Thanks,

Admin Team.

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Updated Date: 09/06/2021


Welcome to our new Academic year 2021-22!! Our Faith Formation program classes officially starting on September 12th. We expect all our children enrolled for our faith formation program (both Group 1 and Group2) in the Church/Fellowship Hall.


Gathering of each individual grade and group after the Holy Qurbana will be outside the church in specific allocated open area (on Sept 12th) and it communicated.


First day schedule will be as follows: -


9:20 AM – Sapra (Morning Prayer)

9:30 AM – Holy Qurbana

10:40 AM – Prayers and Blessing by Achan for our New Academic Year/Guidelines and Announcements

11:00 AM – Commissioning of Teachers by Grade Level

11:30 AM – Dismissal for Picnic


Note: Family Group allocation is shared in our Faith Formation Program Website and link is below:-Click here to see your child's group in faith formation program classes


Updated Date: 08/22/2021

  • 2021-22 Faith Formation program classes for KG to Grade 12 for the new academic year will be starting on September 12th. Detailed emails will be sent out to all the returning students.

The registration Forms are available for both new and existing students in the below links"

CCD FAQ

  1. Should I make registration for each student?
    Yes. Registration should be made for each student (both new and returning students)

  2. How about CCD/Faith Formation Registration Fees
    For 2021-22 CCD/Faith Formation academic year registration fees is $125/Family.

  3. Are there going to be an in-person class, this year?
    Due to current COVID-19 situation limited numbers of classes will be made in-person. More details will be provided by class teachers.

  4. Can I use my personal email address to access Google classroom?
    Each student need to use their church email address (@stthomassyronj.org) to access google classroom.

  5. How to enable audio for a video that is shared on Google classroom

For windows :

* Click on Start button

* Open Settings

* Click on System - Display, notifications, apps, power

* Sound

* Recording

You will find the list of devices, and at the bottom there is Stereo Mix

Enable it

Now, as you are in Google Meet and want to let your students to listen your files:

click on the three dots,

* Settings,

* Audio > MIC

* Select STEREO MIX

For Mac OS
* Install iShawU audio capture, which will create a virtual audio input

Faith formation Schedule 2021-22

2021-22 Faith Formation Calendar-Schedule - Sheet1.pdf

adoration calender 2021-22

Class logistics 2021-22

In order to provide a healthy environment for in-person sessions at the church facility, we have divided our faith formation families into 2 groups.

  • Each group will be attending an in-person session after 9:30 AM Holy Mass every 2 weeks.

  • Virtual Sessions will be from 2 to 3PM for that group which have not been scheduled for the in-person session on that Sunday.

This cycle will be repeated every Sunday, until we are safe to have a full fledged in-person session. All our Faith Formation program participating Children are encouraged to join 9:30 AM Children's Holy Mass,

In-person session will be restricted only for the assigned group families for that day. If you would like to know, which group your child is included, please click the link below:-

Click here to see your child's group in faith formation program classes

CATHOLIC CHURCH EVENTS

CCD/Faith Formation Leadership Team - Admin Staff (2020-21)

Renny Polo - CCD/Faith Formation Principal

Nisha Alex - CCD/Faith Formation Vice-Principal

Thomas Vengathadam | Mariella Payyappilly

Safe Environment :Theresa Tomy | Jason Alex | Benny Thomas | Sophia Rijo Mathew

Shine Stephen | Roy Thadikkaran | Jishi Benny | James Kokkad

Email: FaithFormationAdmin@stthomassyronj.org

For more details, visit Teachers / Resources Page

Health/Safety Leads: Lisha Kallacheril/Jojimol Justin

Email: ff-health-support@stthomassyronj.org

Resources

Download Breeze Check-in App - Android | iOS Device

Google Classroom access

All the students will have access to the church email account to use for google classroom. If any of the student do not have access, please contact your student's class teachers.

Visit https://classroom.google.com to access your classroom. Click here for help with Google Classroom

Instructions to login to the google classroom available click here

CONgRAtS TO OUR 2021 GRADUATES!!!!!