17th Annual Family Formation Workshop: Saturday, April 4, 2020 from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm
A free informational and experiential workshop for pastors, ministry leaders, and parish educators interested in family catechesis
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Are you a Pastor, Director of Religious Education, or volunteer looking for a family catechesis curriculum that helps families grow in faith together? Learn how Family Formation works for parishes.
[General Directory for Catechesis (GDC) 255]
Driven by Sacred Scripture, lessons cover all the major principles of the Catholic Faith. See a complete overview (PDF) »
Once a month, parents and children gather at church for 1 hour and 40 minutes to learn about the same topic of Faith. Down-to-earth, engaging and easy-to-use, the curriculum spans September to 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 can be purchased in two formats:
MONTHLY CLASSROOM LESSONS:
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 regular parents with normal, busy lives. The lessons bring the whole family together to study and then apply the teachings to their day-to-day family life.
Home Lessons can be purchased in two formats:
WEEKLY HOME LESSONS:
In preparation for the monthly parish gathering, volunteer classroom catechists meet one or two weeks before the monthly gathering for approximately 1.5 hours 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 can be done by using the Adult Formation and Catechist Training videos included with the Classroom Lessons, or it can be presented by a trained leader from your parish.
In addition to Classroom and Home Lessons, Family Formation offers curriculum to prepare the children in your parish to receive the sacaments 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 Lessons 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.