Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) For Families
Q: I'd like to use Family Formation with my family, but my Director of Religious Education is wondering why I'm not enrolled in my parish's program. What would you recommend?
A: We recommend that you stay in a good relationship with your parish through friendly communication with your pastor and Director of Religious Education (DRE). With a positive attitude, you can visit with them, letting them know that you are using Family Formation with your children. Show them samples of lessons, direct them to our website, or have them call us for further information. Remember, you always have the option of doing both CCD and Family Formation.
Q: I am a single parent / my spouse is not Catholic. Will this work for me?
A: Absolutely! All parents are given the graces necessary to lead their children to our Heavenly Father. The additional effectiveness of family-based catechesis is a wonderful blessing to families in these more difficult situations. The clear, simple explanations of the Faith as presented in Family Formation lessons are a great way for a non-Catholic parent to learn about Catholicism and to have their questions answered. Simply use Family Formation in the same way as other families.
Q: How do you include younger and older children in the Home Lessons?
A: Each Home Lesson offers parents a great deal of flexibility and a variety of activities. This allows parents, who are the best judges of their children's skills and attention spans, to tailor lessons to their own family's needs.
We encourage parents to challenge, but not overwhelm their children. With younger children, it is best to approach topics at the most basic level knowing that they will be covered again the next time through the three-year cycle.
You can also purchase our companion Little Lambs program for your preschool-age children.
Q: I'd like to encourage my Director of Religious Education to use this for our parish program. How should I go about that?
A: A good way to begin this is to become familiar with Family Formation yourself. By using it with your family, you will become a good witness to the effectiveness of the program. Your Director of Religious Education (DRE) or priest can get more information by visiting our website and then by contacting us at 763-757-1148 or firstname.lastname@example.org.