Religious Education

Administration

H.E. Mar Jacob Angadiath  |  Bishop - Patron 
Fr. Augustine Palackaparambil  |  Vicar | +1 (708) 544-7250
Fr. Nicholas Thalakkottur  |  Assistant Vicar | +1‭(630) ‭‭‭822-1905
Fr. Kevin Mundackal | Assistant Vicar | +1 (914) 648-8369
Sr. Sheena Pauline CMC |  Director of Religious Education  |  +1 (708) 971-5862
Dr. Manoj Neriamparampil  |  Assistant Director of Religious Education | ‭+1 (708) 546-6646


Religious Education Program 

The Religious Education Program serves children in pre-school through 12th grade.  It fosters the spiritual growth of the children, and prepares them for the reception of sacraments.  The classroom instruction includes traditional teaching from our textbook series, approved by the SyroMalabar Diocese of Chicago, as well as service projects, the opportunity to receive the sacraments throughout the year and various activities to make their religion something special for each of them.  We look forward to joining in a partnership with you, parents to build your child’s relationship with God.

Our Mission

The Syro Malabar Catechetical Ministry seeks to foster a young person's growth in holiness through the teaching of Catholic Doctrine, tradition, and the experience of Christian celebration while also bringing to light their identity as a Syro Malabar Catholic and the traditions and practices specific to our Rite.  Religious education programs create opportunities for the young to receive systematic catechesis to learn and experience the faith through classes, liturgies, discussions, projects and community activities.  All facets of these programs are designed to help young people see themselves as unique children of a loving God.  As a result, our young people will receive from and contribute to the parish family during their journey to mature in their role as Catholic witnesses of faith.  The relevance of Sacraments and the importance of the presence of Jesus Christ in our daily lives are taught in a challenging and inspiring environment.

News and Updates

CCD registration is online now:

Please visit the following link to complete the registration online:
https://stthomas.parishon.net/cathedral
 
Please note the changes in CCD sessions (Sundays):
Cathedral: 9:30am - 10:30 am
Northbrook:  4 pm - 4:55 pm
 

School Prayer

God Our Creator and our protector, we thank you for this day. We thank you for giving us life and for giving us this chance to learn more about You. Blessed Jesus, our Brother, help us to take what we learn and put it into practice in our daily lives so that we can live our lives of faith as You did. Help us to be firm in the faith in times of adversity, to be trustworthy in all that we do, to live as children of the light, even in the surrounding darkness, to place our trust in You, to not be afraid to do the right thing, to be strong when we feel weak, to love our neighbors as we love ourselves, and, if necessary, to lay down our lives as You did. Transform our hearts Lord and make us a new creation that carries this light of faith with us wherever we go. In your sweet name we pray. Amen.

Mother Mary, hope for sinners, Pray for us
St. Thomas, our Patron Saint, Pray for us
St. Alphonsa, faithful servant, Pray for us

Parents Prayer

O Father of mankind, who hast given unto me these my children, and committed them to my charge to bring them up for you, and to prepare them for everlasting life: assist me with your heavenly grace, that I may be able to fulfill this most sacred duty and stewardship. Teach me both what to give and what to withhold; when to reprove and when to forbear; make me gentle, yet firm; considerate and watchful; and deliver me equally from the weakness of indulgence, and the excess of severity; and grant that, both by word and example, I may be careful to lead them in the ways of wisdom and true pity, so that at last I may, with them, be admitted to the unspeakable joys of our true home in heaven, in the company of the blessed Angels and Saints. Amen

History

SRE was started  by Fr. Mathew Panthalanical, former Mission Director.  Chicago was the first mission to start regular CCD in USA.  Former DRE's were Josekutty Nadakapadam, James Valiaveetil, Thomas Moolayil and Sr. Jeslin, CMC.

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Pastors

Vicar Fr. Augustine Palackaparambil
+1 (714) 800-3648
Asst. Vicar Fr. T. A. Nicholas SDB
+1 (630) 822-1905
Asst. Vicar Fr. Kevin Mundackal
+1 (914) 648-8369
 

Trustees

George Ampalathumkal
+1 (312) 912-1762
Joseph Kanikunnel
+1 (773) 603-5660
Luke Chirayil
+1 (630) 808-2125
Paul Vadakara
+1 (708) 307-1122
Siby Parekat
+1 (847) 209-1142
 

Contact

5000 Saint Charles Rd, Bellwood, IL, USA, 60104

Phone: +1 (708) 544-7250
Phone: +1 (708) 544-6419
Fax :    +1 (708) 688-1040

Email: contact@smchicago.org

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