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Religious Education in the form of Catechism for children

At Immaculate Heart of Mary Church we offer Religious Education in the form of Catechism for children from ages 4-18 using the Catechism of the Catholic Church, CCC, USCCB method.  We encourage children of age 6-9 yrs. to learn at their own pace in a specially prepared environment with action songs, storytelling and drama. While 4-5 yrs. old children are introduced to the Christian faith through visual aids. No matter if the child is preparing for or has received Sacraments, we encourage all children to attend religious education every year from 4 years of age through young adulthood. We prepare children for the Sacraments of Reconciliation, First Communion and Confirmation. Therefore preparing them for the future Sacraments and Vocations.

Based on our past experience and the support and involvement of parents and children we plan to group the Catechism in 3 Tracks and 6 Levels. 
The Sacrament of First Holy Communion is given every year in the month of November. The Children who have regularly attended Mass and Catechism in the past years and are ready with their prayers and knowledge of the story of Jesus are eligible. The children should have completed 10 years before the July 31st. The Sacrament of First Reconciliation is administered after a day retreat with Parents. The attendance of Parents and Children for the retreat is Compulsory for the child to prepare & receive the First Holy Communion.

The Children are then moved to the interim classes where they will have introductory sessions on preparing for Confirmation. This will involve them understanding the Mass, Sacrament of Baptism, Reconciliation and Holy Communion. They move onto learning the works of Mercy, the gifts of the Holy Spirit and they will have to compulsory join the youth ministry and work in the church in various activities.

The intense course for Confirmation will be given based on the fulfillment of the various requirements; age above 14yrs as on July 31st , received the sacraments of Baptism, Reconciliation and Holy Communion, ability to recite all basic prayers, recite the holy rosary and know all the various mysteries, attend mass every Sunday, participate actively in the Church activities.

We request that all children participate in religious education for a minimum of 1 year prior to preparing for any sacraments.  This is to ensure proper time for growth in the relationship with our Lord and have appropriate time for discernment of the Sacraments.  If for some reason the child has had no instruction to date they will be delayed. For children coming from another Parish, a test will determine their class / Level

For instance, if a child is 15yrs old and has never had any religious education; they would participate in regular preparation for a year, then Reconciliation and Confirmation after a year. If a child is 10 yrs. old and has never had any religious education; they would participate in regular classes for a year and will attend the preparation class the next year for Reconciliation and First Communion.

Our age-wise class design allows us to offer this unique opportunity for the children to grow at their own pace.

Our registrations are open for this year since the Sunday following Easter

We begin year 2018-19 with the Parent’s Orientation on June 3rd at 8.15 am at Mount St.Joseph, where we have a talk on the role of parents in making catechism interesting by Fr. Freddie Dsilva

Classes commence on June 17 at Nirmal Jyothi Institute and go on till February, i.e. the Sunday before Lent.  

Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Communion are celebrated in November. Confirmation is alternate year, based on the number of eligible and ready children, and is celebrated as per the availability of the Arch Bishop.


Gentle Reminder:      

Catechism children must attend the Sunday morning, 7 am mass.

Please encourage your child to serve the altar and participate in the animation of the mass by joining the choir and reading the readings.

Every month, 4th Sunday, 7 am mass is animated by the catechism children, unless announced otherwise.

The children are expected to arrive 5 minutes before the mass begins and be seated in the allotted place. The first 4 benches of the center aisle and the first 2 benches of the entire columns will be reserved for children. Please encourage your children to come forward and participate in the Eucharistic Celebrations.

Children must carry to the classes every Sunday; Note Book, Pen/Pencil, color pencils, prescribed Bible, prescribed Prayer Book.

Altar Servers and Choir practice will be held every Sunday right after the Catechism Class for 15 minutes. Please register.


Catechism Classes in the year 2018-19.  Schedule is subject to change based on requirements.

Track 1 – Introduction to Christian Faith

Level 1  -  Age 4-5

Level 2 - Age 6-7

Sunday - 8.15am-9.15am

Sunday - 8.15am-9.15am

Teachers for Age 4-7

1.     Priya Dsouza

2.     Cassie Dsouza

3.     Lovanxa Gomes

Track 2 – Foundation of Sacraments and Youth Development

Level 3 - Age 8-10 - first timers or not eligible for FHC this year

Sunday - 8.15am-9.15am

Teachers - Age 8-10

1.     Verushka Dsouza

2.     Vivette Rego

3.     Rochel Rodrigues

Level 4 - Age 11-14 - first timers or not eligible for Confirmation this year

(Received Communion)

Sunday - 8.15am-9.15am

Age 11-13

4.     Deepa Almeida

5.     Nishmita D’Almeida

6.     Sr. Anisha Ssps


Level 5 - Age 15 & above

(Received Communion and Confirmation)

Sunday - 8.15am-9.15am

Age 15 & above

7.      Markham Bathew

8.      Ravikumar Pasala

9.      Pradeep Kantharaj

Track 3 – Intense Preparation for receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation, First Holy Communion & Confirmation

Level 6 - Age 10 & above - FHC Preparation

Age 14 & above - Confirmation Preparation.

Sunday - 8.15am-9.15am

Age 10 & above for Communion, Age 14 & above for Confirmation

10.                         Reena Pinto

11.                         Sr. Vanitha Ssps

12.                         Br. Jeevan, Holy Trinity

13.                         Br. Johny, Holy Trinity

14.                         Sr. Terisita, Alverna

15.                         Sanjeev Joseph

Questions? WhatsApp – Reena Pinto – 98456 68026

Or contact the Parish Priest, Fr. Arun – 99721 37656.