Research consistently shows that there is simply no replacement for the influence of parents in the development of their children’s faith. Through their words, actions, and faith practices parents demonstrate how important faith is in their life–and that, more than anything helps their children know how important faith should be in their lives. Given this, we offer a home-based family faith formation program.
- Each month, from September-May families are given theme-based learning and sharing activities to do together at home. The materials include simple directions for parents to lead a variety of short learning activities with their family. Each activity takes about 15-20 minutes to complete and might include reading and discussing some material, watching a video, or playing a game. All supplies are provided or can be found in the home. Families can choose to do the activities all at once or spread them out through the month.
- In order to connect with other families in the program, participants are asked to share their family’s experience of the activities by posting photos or comments to our closed faith formation Facebook group or to send them to the program coordinator to be posted.
- Each month a parent gathering is held on Zoom at which parents are guided through the materials for the next month so they’re comfortable using them. These gatherings also give parents a chance to learn more about the monthly topic and discuss it with other parents. Click here for the schedule of parent gatherings.
2020-2021 Monthly Themes
|September||Living as Missionary Disciples||The mission of the Church is to share the Gospel message and, as living witnesses, we do so in all of our encounters.|
|October||The Rosary||By exploring the mysteries of the Rosary we come to a deeper knowledge of God’s love for us.|
|October (bonus)||Empowering God’s Children||This is the required diocesan safe environment program we’re required to offer each year.|
|November||Liturgical Year||Celebrating the feasts and seasons of the Church year engages us in the saving grace and power of Christ.|
|December||Morality||The Fourth Commandment calls us to strengthen our family and build the domestic church.|
|January||Life and Dignity of the Human Person||We are all created in God’s image and are called to recognize Christ in others.|
|February||Prayer, Fasting, Almsgiving||Our traditional Lenten disciplines prepare our hearts, minds, and bodies to enter more fully into the mystery of Christ.|
|March||The Paschal Mystery||God’s saving plan is accomplished through the Paschal Mystery of Christ–his life, death, resurrection and -ascension.|
|April||Sacraments of Initiation||The sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation join us to the family of God and strengthen us on our Christian journey.|
|May||Holy Spirit||By the grace of the Holy Spirit we are strengthened in faith and empowered to live our life for Christ.|