Family Formation FOUNDATIONS is a new set of lessons designed as an entry point to family catechesis, which focus on introducing families to a living encounter with Christ and responds to Pope Francis’ call for the kerygma to become the center of all evangelizing activity.
"When we adopt a pastoral goal and a missionary style which would actually reach everyone without exception or exclusion, the message has to concentrate on the essentials, on what is most beautiful, most grand, most appealing and at the same time most necessary. The message is simplified, while losing none of its depth and truth, and thus becomes all the more forceful and convincing." (Evangelii Gaudium, 35)
This critical first proclamation is a central element of each month’s content, while using simple, relatable methods to teach the basics of the Faith, such as, what is the mission of our family, who is Jesus, and why the Church and how does that impact my family?
This one year cycle of Classroom and Home Lessons was created in conjunction with the USCCB’s Subcommittee on the Catechism and follow Family Formation’s time-tested and effective framework of meeting once a month at church where parents and children learn about the same topic, each at their own level, followed by three Home Lessons to reinforce and expand on the topics together at home.
Whether your parish is new to family catechesis, or you are a veteran to the model and would like to take an opportunity to refocus on the fundamental kerygma message, FOUNDATIONS could be a great option for your parish.
After a parish completes a year of FOUNDATIONS lessons, they would then start, or return to, the Family Formation 3-Year Flagship Series.