Do you want to learn more about this family catechesis model? VIEW THE INTRODUCTION TO FAMILY FORMATION WEBINAR. See samples of a variety of materials in the Parish Intro Kit.
Family Formation FOUNDATIONS—for Parishes
NEW this year! This one-year option responds to Pope Francis’ call for the kerygma to become the center of all evangelizing activity. Families are introduced to a living encounter with Christ through these home and classroom lessons which proclaim the Good News of the Gospel in simple terms and relatable, family-centered methods.
Family Formation’s catechesis model combines monthly Classroom Lessons with weekly Home Lessons.
This model enables parents to be “the primary educators in the Faith.”
[General Directory for Catechesis (GDC) 255]
How Classroom Lessons Work:
Once a month, parents and children gather at church to learn about the same topic of Faith. Down-to-earth, engaging and easy-to-use, the classroom curriculum spans October through May. See what a typical month of Family Formation looks like (PDF) »
Through this time together as a parish, families are encouraged not only by parish staff, but by other families who are also undertaking the same task of raising their children in the Faith.
Classroom Lessons are available in a Ready-to-Use format.
MONTHLY FOUNDATIONS CLASSROOM LESSONS:
- Students in Grades K-6 meet in classes, divided by grade level, where trained catechists present the lessons. The Ready-to-Use lessons include eight monthly lessons and supplies for one catechist and 10 students. See a Grades K-6 Classroom Lesson excerpt here.
- Parents gather as a separate group where they are evangelized, catechized, encouraged, and equipped. This adult component is key to the transmission of Faith in the home.
- A portion of the monthly gathering also includes a time for parents and children to come together for a shared prayer experience or activity.
How Home Lessons Work:
During the monthly gathering at the parish, families are given a packet of weekly lessons to use at home throughout the rest of the month. These Home Lessons are easy to use and have been developed and used by parents amidst typical busy family life. The lessons bring the whole family together to study and then apply the teachings to their day-to-day life.
Home Lessons can be purchased in a Ready-to-Use format.
WEEKLY HOME LESSONS:
- Have been developed for two age groups: Preschoolers and children in Grades K-6. These age-appropriate lessons cover the same weekly topic. See a sample Preschool Home Lesson (PDF) » See a sample K-6 Home Lesson (PDF) » .
- Grades K-6 Home Lessons are currently available in English. (Spanish K-6 Home Lessons will be available in 2024-2025.)
- Lessons for Grades K-6 take approximately one hour per week to complete. Preschool lessons take approximately 1/2 hour.
- Learning is made fun through the use of games, activities, stories, memory verses, quizzes, and audios/music.
- Lessons introduce families to a living encounter with Christ as they explore the basics of the Catholic faith. The Good News of the Gospel is a central element of each month's content.
Both FOUNDATIONS and the Family Formation Three-Year Flagship Series follow the same model, which contains two core components, Classroom Lessons and Home Lessons.
Learn more about the Three-Year Flagship Series here.
Which is the best fit for your parish? See our FAQ page for considerations as you discern.
Catechist Training and Preparation
In preparation for the monthly parish gathering, volunteer classroom catechists meet one or two weeks before the monthly gathering to hear the upcoming month’s adult formation talk and to walk through the Classroom Lesson packet from which they will be teaching.
This training should be presented by the ministry leader. Resources are available on your dashboard and updated throughout the year to assist in preparing for this each month.
Sacramental Preparation from Family Formation
In addition to Classroom and Home Lessons, Family Formation offers curriculum to prepare the children in your parish to receive the sacraments of Reconciliation and Communion for the first time. This curriculum may be used separately from the larger Family Formation program, but ideally they are designed to be used together.
HOW IT WORKS:
Children in sacramental prep meet in classrooms once per month at the same time as the Family Formation classes gather. These children are taught from Sacramental Prep Lessons instead of the regular Family Formation Classroom Lessons.
At home, parents use separate sacramental prep Home Lesson booklets to teach their child in addition to including them in the regular weekly Family Formation Home Lessons. These sacramental prep Home Lessons take approximately 15 additional minutes per week. See a sample lesson from the First Reconciliation Home Lesson Booklet in English or Spanish. See a sample lesson from the First Communion Home Lesson Booklet in English or Spanish.