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Syro Malabar Community

Sunday Catechism

Tivoligasse 20

A-1120 Vienna, Austria

Tel: 43 1 817 42 06

Website: www.iccvienna.org

Email: catechism@iccvienna.org

P. Dr. Thomas Thandappilly

SMC Chaplain, Tel: 0699 11966771




SMC Catechism classes are conducted to give formation in the Catholic faith to the children of our Parish.  It's a divine opportunity for our children to have religious education in our Malayalee tradition and culture.


Classes start around the beginning of September in each year and end with  two months summer break in July and August.  The exact date of enrolment will be announced short time before September in every year.


The classes are available in 8 levels suitable for children up to 8th grade (below 14 years old) and meet every Sunday throughout the year at following places.


Meidling: 10:45 hrs (Pfarre Maria Lourdes, Tivoligasse 20, 1120 Vienna)

Saikogasse: 16:15 hrs (Pfarre Auferstehung Christi, Saikogasse 8, 1220 Vienna)


Our Catechism classes Established in the year 2001 with 15 children in Stadlau SMZ Chappell. Year to year the number of children were increasing enormously. Due to space allocation problem for dividing the children in different classes, we had to find out other facilities. In 2003 we moved to the Satadlau church and we were allowed to use the entire basement area for catechism classes. We started Catechism classes at the same time in Meidling church also.


Since 2005 September we follow the Catechism lessons based on the text published by The Synodal Commission for Catechesis, Syro-Malabar Catechetical Centre, Cochin.  Now we have 243 catechism students in both units together and 16 teachers and 2 reserve teachers. We have   set up an orientation program for the grown up children of our Community in the academic year 2007 - 2008. Every year we plan study tours for grown up children.


We started the 8th Level class in 2010 including the chapters for class 8.9 and 10.  The winners of Final level will be awarded the PRIMARY CATECHETICAL EDUCATION CERTIFICATE from the Diocese.


The catechism classes begin with a common prayer of children in the church and move to their own classes. We have introduced semester examinations in January and in June 2007. The mark list of each examination will be published in both centers. As a motivation to the children they will be awarded First and Second Prizes for highest mark and maximum attendance as Certificates on the first day of the new academic year.  One day Teachers seminar has introduced in March 2010 and planned to continue every year.


We are very thankful to Fr. Dr.Thomas Thandapally CST, ICC Chaplain, and our Assistant Chaplain Fr. Joy Plathottathil SVD for their great leadership and advises to this institution. I am very proud to express my gratitude to all our teachers for their sincere dedication and sacrifice to our young generation for their spiritual awareness and growth. Since 2010-11 Academic year, we gave chances to Youth Teachers to teach catechism in both centers.












  1. Please bring your child regularly on time.

  2. The Catechism students will be awarded Ist and IInd prizes on a merit basis and full attendance at the end of each accademic year.

  3. Attendance will take immediately after the Assembly, when the children are in the class.  The late comers will not be given attendance.

  4. Oral examinations will be conducted for Level 3,4,5,6,7 and 8. In case of absence the children will be given one more chance to attend the examination in the first week of September.

  5. Confession for Children will be arranged before Easter. During Christmas time the children have to find a suitable place for their confession.

  6. On successful completion of 8 levels, ICC conducts an examination and a Certificate of Merit will be issued.


For more details and registration please contact Mr. Boban Kalapurackal, SMC Catechism Committee representative,

Tel. 069917287100, email: shajiboban@hotmail.com


Chaplain: Rev. Fr. Dr. Thomas Thandappilly CST,  Asst. Chaplain: Rev. Fr. Wilson Mecheril MCBS

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