How Family Formation Works For Parishes
Family Formation combines a monthly church gathering (where children meet in grade-specific class settings while parents gather for adult catechesis and formation) and weekly family Home Lessons where parents, equipped with materials and an understanding of the lessons, teach their children the Faith.
The program is based on the school year from September through May. See what a typical month of Family Formation looks like.
Monthly Church Gatherings
- Families gather at church one time per month (October through May) for 1 hour and 40 minutes.
- Students in Grades K-6 meet in classes, divided by grade level.
- Parents have a separate gathering where they are catechized, encouraged, and equipped. This adult catechesis component is key to the transmission of Faith in the home.
- Parents and students are learning about the same topic of Faith.
- Classroom catechists are provided complete curriculum, which is easy to use and engaging for the students. See a sample Classroom Lesson.
- Families are given a packet of weekly Home Lessons to use for the rest of the month, at home with their children. (The year begins with one Home Lesson in September.)
Weekly Family Home Lessons
- Enable parents to be the primary educators of their children in the Catholic Faith.
- Are easy-to-use.
- Take approximately one hour per week to complete.
- Include games, activities, booklets, and audios to keep learning fun.
- Are designed for kids in Grades K-6. For information on curriculum for preschoolers (3-4 year olds), see Additional Curriculum.
- Bring the whole family together as they study each lesson and then apply it to their day-to-day family life. See a sample Home Lesson. Also available in Spanish - see sample here.
- Reinforce Sunday Mass - Family Formation lessons reflect the liturgical year and immerse families into the life and seasons of the Church.
Catechist Training and Preparation
- Classroom catechists meet one time per month for 1.5 hours in preparation for the monthly parish gathering.
- Using the Family Formation Adult Formation and Catechist Training videos or a trained leader from your parish, catechists are presented the adult formation topic for the next monthly parish gathering.
- Catechists are trained to present the classroom curriculum materials.
Learn about Additional Curriculum