What is Family Formation?
Family Formation equips the parents in our parish to pass on the Catholic Faith to their children enabling them to grow in their faith together as a family. Classes meet on the first Wednesday of the month where parents and children attend formation and take home three lessons to work on together during the remaining weeks of the month. On 3rd Wednesdays of the month, families gather together in community to do service projects.
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 includes:
- Adult formation and grade specific classroom curriculum for monthly parish gatherings on the 1st Wednesday of the month from 6:30pm-8pm
- Weekly family home lessons for the remaining weeks, which enable parents to be the primary educators of their children in the Faith
- Monthly training of volunteer catechists
- Monthly service projects
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
Parish Monthly Meetings
- Families gather at church twice a month. On first Wednesdays, parents and students learn about the same topic of faith. On third
- Wednesdays, parents and students gather as a community to do service projects togher.
- Students in Grades preschool-6 meet in classes, divided by grade level
- Parents have a separate gathering where they are catechized, encouraged and equipped in the transmission of faith in the home.
- Classroom catechists are provided complete curriculum, which is easy to use and engaging for the students.
- Families are given a packet of weekly Home Lessons to use for the rest of the month, at home with their children.
Weekly Home Lessons
- Enables parents to be the primary educators of their children in the Catholic faith.
- Are easy-to-use and take approximately one hour per week to complete.
- Keeps learning fun by using games, activities, and booklets.
- Are designed for kids Grade preschool-6.
- Brings the family together to study each lesson and them apply it to their day-to-day family life.
- Reinforce Sunday Mass- Family Formation lessons reflect the liturgical year and immerse families into the life and seasons of the Church.
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. News of this exciting approach spread quickly, and now Family Formation is used by parishes across the US and Canada.
Parents have the first responsibility for the education of their children. They bear witness to this responsibility first by creating a home where tenderness, forgiveness, respect, fidelity, and disinterested service are the rule. The home is well suited for education in the virtues. Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2223