What a wonderful time we had today with representatives from other parishes who came to observe during our annual April Workshop! We’ve found that the best way to explain Family Formation is to see it first-hand, so for the past nine years we’ve hosted this come-and-see style workshop.
Participants started the day by hearing from our pastor and learning a little about the history of Family Formation. From there, they joined our parents in hearing this month’s talk on Eucharistic Adoration, had a chance for some informal discussion with parents during the social time, and then observed Catholic Academy with our Kindergarten, 1st, and 3rd graders. There was a testimony from some parents who use the program and from a 6th graders who’s been involved on the receiving end of things.
And all that before lunch!
From there, we moved into overviews of the basic program, the sacramental prep piece, and the preschool program, in addition to information on other support pieces we have available and practical steps on how to bring it to your parish!
If you wanted to come but couldn’t make it for some reason, we have some suggestions for you:
- First, this is an annual event. I guarantee we’ll host something very similar again next spring. Contact us if you’d like to be on the mailing list.
- If you ever have a question about making Family Formation work in your parish, just contact our office. We’ll be glad to do what we can to help.
- DREs, program directors, or parish leaders are welcome to come and observe during any of our monthly meetings or Core Team meetings. Just contact us ahead of time to make arrangements.
- For those who can’t travel to Minnesota or who want to bring the workshop back to their parish, we recommend purchasing an Intro Kit – basically a workshop-in-a-box. It contains samples of lessons and other materials, and a DVD of most of the workshop presentations.
Again, thank you to the 25 or so who visited, and we look forward to working with many of you in the near future!