St. Mary's Soonoro

Patriarchal Cathedral

church soonora
Supreme Pontiff of the Universal Syrian Orthodox Church
Patriarch of Antioch & all the East H.H Moran Mor Ignatius Zaka I Iwas

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Sunday School

St.Mary's Chapel Sunday School, which originally commenced with 13 students, had only two teachers in its initial days - Pathrose Pangapally and C.K. Kuriakose ; Kunnath K.M. Abraham was chosen as the first headmaster. Over the years, several others served the role of the headmaster, namely, K.V. Korath , C. Zachariah, K.U. Varkey , D.A. Joseph, D.A. Varghese and Advocate Sajan Varghese. Since 1998, M. Johny has been serving as the headmaster while Chev. Pathrose Pangapally, Chev. Adv. Benjamin Paul, Gracie Jacob, P.E. Kuriakose, Koshy John, Santhamma Mathew, Chinnamma Koshy, Bindu Varghese, Sheeba Mathew, Beena Benny, Brigadier Joseph Mathew, Annie Thomas, Beena Mary John, Ciji Joshy, Reji Rony, Jiji Benny and Nisha Paul have donned the mantle of teachers.

 

St. Mary's Soonoro, Sunday School

The Sunday School Teachers

Senior Sunday School teacher Chev. Pathrose Pangapilly currently serves as the director of the Vacation Bible School. He is also the unit convenor of the Mar Baselios Paulose II Catholicos Charitable Fund (part of the Sunday School Association's humanitarian activities) and the chief editor of  'Ente Sahyathrikan', the mouthpiece of the Mar Osthathious Mission.

Another noteworthy fact is that Chev. Adv. Benjamin Paul, one of our Sunday School teachers, apart from being the secretary of the M.J.S.S.A., serves as the registrar of the Puthenkurishu Patriarch Centre's Biblical and Liturgical Academy, and a member of the church's managing and working committees.

With the grace of God, St.Mary's Soonora Sunday School, which functions under the auspices of the St. Mary's  Soonoro Patriarch Cathedral, is among the exemplary Sunday Schools within the Malankara Church. Our Sunday School was chosen as the best Sunday School within the Malankara Church in 2003, a feat it achieved again in 2009. On both occasions, I was privileged to receive the 'Best Sunday School Award' on behalf of the congregation.
 

The Sunday School Students

Over 140 students from grades one to twelve currently attend Sunday School. Each year, our students have been performing well in the J.S.L.C  and +2 exams. Since 1998, our Sunday School has been the overall champion among the eight Sunday Schools participating in the Ernakulam district cultural fest. Our Sunday School was also the overall champion in the Cochin Diocese cultural fest in 2000, 2002 - 2008, and 2010. In the Akhila Malankara competitions, we were the overall champions in 2006 and the runners-up in 2010. Moreover, our Sunday School was able to secure the overall runner-up shield in the Sunday School competitions organized by the YMCA between the various churches.

 

It is also a matter of immense pride to us that Joel Salim Jacob, an eight grader from our Sunday School, was among the recipients of the National Bravery Awards in 2006. Ebson Varghese, a +1 student from our congregation, was part of the Indian team which participated in the World Rollerskating Championships held in Colombo in 2007. Former Sunday School teacher C.I. Job, who passed away recently, was recognized for his 50 years in service as a teacher with the Akhila Malankara award in 2007.

 

Our church also played host to the Akhila Malankara Student Leadership camp in 2007 and the Diocese of Cochin Student Leadership camp in 2009. Since 2006, we have introduced  English medium sections in classes five to eight, which have undoubtedly been a boon to those children struggling to write and talk in Malayalam. Moreover, our VBS classes, which have been in full swing since 2003, include counselling sessions and educational/recreational tours.

 

Our library, which holds over 500 books, is resourcefully utilised not only  by the students and teachers of the Sunday School but other congregation members as well.

 

We believe Sunday School is essential to inculcate values of reverence and piety in children. It is the instrument by which we can  infuse the teachings of Christ and the message of the Holy Bible in children. By introducing Christian concepts early on in the child's life, we ensure that the child does not fall prey to the false temptations  he encounters in the course of his life. ' Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from' (Proverbs 22:6), is the foundation of the Sunday School institution. Therefore, parents should ensure that their children attend Sunday School regularly and participate in examinations and other activities wholeheartedly.