Family Formation for Parishes Overview

About Family Formation for Parishes

Family Formation equips the parents in your parish to pass on the Catholic Faith to their children enabling them to grow in their faith together as a family.

Family Formation provides a unique, challenging, and creative curriculum that is family-based, includes adult catechesis and training for parents, is founded on the Truth and teachings of the Catholic Church, and is designed to make living the Faith a way of life and a life-long learning adventure.

Family Formation for Parishes includes:

  • Adult formation and grade specific classroom curriculum for monthly parish gatherings
  • Weekly family home lessons, which enable parents to be the primary educators of their children in the Faith
  • Monthly training of volunteer catechists

Why Family Formation?

A careful reading through the documents of the Catholic Church quickly reveals the Church's great expectations for the family.  "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.  Learn more

Hear from the perspective of the founding pastor, Fr. Tim Nolan, and the former pastor, Fr. Jon Vander Ploeg, of the Church of Saint Paul as to the role that Family Formation has played in aiding families to become what Christ and His Church are calling them to be. 

History of Family Formation

Family Formation was developed by the Catholic Church of Saint Paul in Ham Lake, Minnesota as a fresh approach to the difficulties they were facing with traditional religious education programs.  They realized early on that, without parents involved in their children's catechesis, it isn't successful.   Learn more

News of this exciting approach spread quickly, and now Family Formation is used by parishes across the US and Canada.


From Judy, a Director of Religious Education (DRE) in Illinois
Every time I go through the material ... I say to myself, "Why didn't I do this earlier?"  I love your material.  Our own family is benefiting so much.  I wish my family did this when my kids were younger.   Read more


  Learn how Family Formation works

Family Formation is a great Catholic family faith formation program!


 "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

Family Formation
c/o Church of Saint Paul

1740 Bunker Lake Blvd. NE
Ham Lake, MN 55304


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