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Phase Two, Part Two

July 27, 2010

Hello Everyone,

So, what other things happen in phase-two of getting Family Formation up and running in your parish?  Well, read on.

There are two ways to implement Family Formation in this phase.

Have a pilot group of families be part of Family Formation while you continue to run your current program.  In this situation, these families become your best cheerleaders.  Be sure to get a good cross-section of families including some home school families, Catholic school families, public school families, the families you see at church for everything, and those who show up only occasionally.  It is one thing for you to be on board and father to be on board, but you want people to promote the program who have actually been through it.  Pilot groups are very successful because not only do they work, but people talk to other people about how well the program works!  Some things that you can do for a pilot group are sacramental preparation, Little Lambs with Sunday Celebration, or the normal Family Formation program.

If you feel you have built a strong enough foundation through Phase I, start cold turkey! (Make sure your pastor is supporting you in this.)  Make Family Formation the only option for your families.  See the points listed in Phase Three, in upcoming posts, for help in becoming fully operational.  This has been done by many parishes, including our own, but make sure you have all your ducks in a row before you do this and make sure the Holy Spirit is leading you to this option.  If not, do the pilot group.

Lastly, continue to engage your pastor in your plans and progress.  He does not need to be in on the planning and implementing, but he does need to be the voice that pushes your progress forward.  Father is the captain and every parish needs a captain to give  pep talks and guidance.  You can help father by suggesting to him to come to one or more town hall meetings with key or all members of the parish.  He can help answer some key questions, give the vision, and of course hand off some questions to you (or you could feed him the answers).  :-)

Can you believe it?  You are almost fully functional!  Next up, Phase Three.

Yours in Christ,

Matthew Brounstein

Phase Two, Part 1

July 23, 2010

Hello Again,

Well we are going to start phase two of the three-phase plan to bring Family Formation to your parish.  The start of phase two, also known as Transition Time, involves fine tuning what you were doing in phase one, but this time with a different focus in mind.  By phase two you know that Family Formation will happen.  So, what does phase two look like.  Let’s focus on two things today.

Continue to pray, pray, pray! Again, ask everyone with whom you are in contact to be praying for this to happen in God’s perfect timing.

Gather your Core Team on a more regular basis (monthly is good) for extended praise and worship and prayer as a group.  Take time for individual quiet prayer and share what the Lord says to each one of you.  Have each person fast for one day leading up to your meeting.  Fasting with your prayer gives it extra “oomph.”  This is the time to plan out your details and hand out specific tasks for the implementation of Family Formation.  Reference the Family Formation Coordinator’s Manual to see what jobs need to be done and what long-term things you still might need to do.

Again, these are simple things but quite necessary to getting the job done.  Think of them as dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s.  Good luck!

Yours in Christ,

Matthew Brounstein


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