REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN FOR FAMILY FORMATION 2020/2021
We are so excited to have you as a part of our ministry.
Registration will be open from April 15th until July 1st, 2020!
While faith formation classes or ‘RE’ style programs have been in place for a long time, they lack some essential elements that are vital to helping parents pass on the Catholic Faith to their children.
“As a Church, we realize our ineffectiveness to catechize children if their parents are not involved in the process. By evangelizing parents to realize what the Church is asking of them, and giving them support and encouragement in their mission, we are answering the Church’s call. In a nutshell, this is what Family Formation accomplishes. Adult catechesis teaches and encourages parents and provides them with the Catholic know-how to share the Good News and the beauty of the Catholic Faith with their children.
Family Formation is a tried and true Catholic teaching resource developed by regular parents with normal family lives. The materials are engaging, down-to-earth, and easy to understand. Family Formation is meant to bring the family together once a week to learn their Faith in joy and with excitement, rather than making learning about God and the Church a boring or dreaded weekly task.”
-From the Family Formation website
In short, Wednesday night classes…
- Are not effective in the long term retention of young active Catholics
- Exclude parents from the education of their children’s’ faith
- Promote a separation between public, Catholic, and home schooled children
Why a family based program?
Here are some Church Documents that tell us the importance of parent involvement in their child’s faith.
“The right and duty of parents to give education is essential, original and primary, and it is irreplaceable and incapable of being entirely delegated to others.” -Familiaris Consortio, 36.
“The family is a domestic church.” -Lumen Gentium, 11.
“Parents are the primary educators in the Faith… Indeed in the same way as the Church, the family ‘is a place in which the Gospel is transmitted and from which it extends’.” -General Directory for Catechesis, Article 255.
What Does Family Formation Look Like?
Family Formation combines a monthly church gathering with at-home faith activities. Families will gather once a month, where children meet in grade-specific class settings while parents gather for adult catechesis and formation. Weekly family home lessons are provided. Parents are equipped with materials and given an overview of the lessons to help teach their children the Faith. The program coincides with the school year from September through May. Monthly gatherings will generally be on the first Sunday of each month from 8:30-10:15am, and families will end each session with 10:30 Mass! There are 3 home lessons each month. Families have the flexibility to complete them according to their schedule. First Eucharist and First Reconciliation preparation are built into this program. Second grade students will prepare for the Sacraments in the Family Formation classrooms and have additional preparation materials to do at home.
You do not have to be skilled in teaching, well versed in Theology, or have all the answers to be able to lead your children. You simply need the desire to learn more!
“Family Formation has helped our families become more informed and engaged with their Catholic faith. It encourages them to be more active participants in their faith and our parish. Our families are loving that we provide resources and activities to do at home as a family and that we come together once a month to learn together. I have loved watching the different families from public and Catholic schools come together to learn as an integrated community.”
~Casey Bilodeau, Director of Faith Formation at All Saints, Cedar Rapids
“Family Formation strengthens and supports Faith-filled sharing. We gather families together on the first Sunday of each month to celebrate fellowship, gain knowledge from an educated speaker, and have their children receive grade specific instruction. Families with children in grades K-5, in Catholic school, public school or home school, are welcome; Family Formation offers spiritual growth opportunities for every family! Each month, families receive a take-home packet of lessons, crafts, and projects to complete on their own schedule within their own home. We empower parents, the most essential teachers of their children, with the tools necessary to be in charge of their family’s faith life. Family Formation is the perfect program to remind parents they have what it takes to make Faith the most important part of their family life.”
~Julie Testin, Coordinator of Faith Formation
Check out the Family Formation website to find out more about this program.
If you have questions or want to know more about this ministry, contact Julie Testin at the Parish office.