Pastors, ministry leaders, and parish educators

Please join us for an informational and experiential workshop on Saturday, April 14, 2012, from 8:15 am – 3:00 pm.

Family Formation:

  • is a family catechesis program for K-6 graders and their parents
  • is based on the principle that “Parents are the primary educators of their children in the Faith.” (GDC 255)
  • Revolves around weekly family gatherings and home lessons providing shared learning experiences that spill over into the family’s everyday life
  • Has a 25+ year history of producing great spiritual fruit within families
  • Is spreading across the US and beyond as the answer to the current catechetical crisis
  • Has an adult education and formation component at its core
  • Is faithful to the mageristerium and has received an imprimatur
  • Is driven by Sacred Scripture and the Catechism of the Catholic Church
  • Follows the 3-year liturgical cycle

Family Formation will equip parents in your parish to pass on the Catholic Faith to their children, enabling all to grow in their faith together as a family.  Family Formation produces a unique, challenging, and creative curriculum that is family-based, includes adult catechesis and training for parents, is solidly grounded in the Truth and teachings of the Catholic Church, and is designed to encourage all family members to embrace living and learning the Faith as a life-long adventure.

Family Formation for parishes includes:

  • Adult formation and grade-specific classroom curriculum for monthly parish gatherings
  • Weekly family home lessons which equip parents, enabling them to be the primary educators of their children in the Faith
  • Monthly training for volunteer classroom catechists

The event is free of charge, but we do ask you to reserve your spot by April 9, 2012.  If you need more information, or would like to RSVP, please call the Family Formation office at the Church of Saint Paul (763-757-1148) or email


Welcome and overview of the day

The history of Family Formation

Participation in our regular monthly family gathering

Words of wisdom from Fr. Jon VanderPloeg, from his perspective as the pastor in a Family Formation parish

An overview of the Church documents that lay the foundation for this “new” method of catechesis which acknowledges parents as the primary educators of ththeir children in the Faith

Firsthand accounts from parents and teens as to the effectiveness of Family Formation



A birds-eye view of how all the pieces fit together

A walk-through of an actual Home Lesson

An overview of the sacramental prep curriculum – a gateway to implementing family catechesis

An explanation of the curriculum and programming for preschoolers

Discussion on the important role of the pastor

Ideas for how to move forward with what you’ve learned

Tips for getting started

Wrap up at 3:00 pm

Explore posts in the same categories: DRE & Faith Formation Coordinators

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