Faith Formation Program – Overview

Classes start promptly at 9:00AM. Please check the Catechism Calendar for important dates and events.


Our Children’s Faith Formation Program aims to complement and supplement a Catholic parent’s responsibility to lead, teach, and raise their children in the faith. Parents are the primary educators of children. By examples of Sunday Mass attendance, prayer, receiving and living the Sacraments, reading scripture and other spiritual works, attending Catholic faith presentations/joining a parish ministry, striving for a more personal relationship with the Lord, and performing works of mercy, our children will come to know and love the faith.

As a parish with volunteer catechists, we provide support and encouragement as you as a parent seek to fulfill this responsibility through Children’s Faith Formation classes (September – June).

St.Jude Syro Malabar Catholic Church offers Faith Formation classes from Pre-K to 12th Grade.

Our parish follows the curriculum and guidelines established by the Department of Catechesis, St. Thomas Syro Malabar Catholic Diocese of Chicago. Please reference St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Diocese of Chicago Echo Directory for additional details: Catechetical Directory 

Faith Formation Contacts for 2023/24

Parish Vicar and Director: Fr. Nicholas Talakkottoor
Director of Religious Education(DRE) /Principal: Blessy Sebastian
Assistant DREs /Vice Principals: Antony John Zacharias & Smitha Ann Raju
Contact Email for Enquires or Questions:
Safe environment: Smitha Ann Raju & Antony John Zacharias


St. Jude Syro Malabar church abides by the rules and guidelines provided by the St.Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Diocese of Chicago, office for the Protection of Children and Youth towards maintaining the onsite and the Social Media policies to honor the privacy of others, taking responsibility, keeping boundaries, protecting privacy of children, and hence achieve the goal of effective Faith Formation.

For more details, visit guidelines page.

Academic Calendar 2023/24

The calendar lists class schedules and other major events of our Parish for the upcoming Faith Formation / CCD year. 

The calendar lists class schedules and other major events of our Parish for the upcoming Faith Formation year. 

Please check the calendar frequently as schedule adjustments will be made as needed.

Class cancellations will be confirmed  by 9am on Sunday if there are weather related closures or other events that cause classes to be canceled. Registered families will receive an email or text message to the email and phone numbers used during registration for Faith Formation classes.

Come and listen to me, my children, for I will teach you to walk in the fear of our Lord


Jesus says, “Do not stop the little ones from coming to me for to them belongs all the riches and the kingdom of heaven.”

Matthew 19:14