Hello all and welcome to our new readers!  It’s been a busy summer in the Family Formation office and we are excited for all the blessings God has in store for the upcoming year!

The most notable change is that Matt Brounstein, our Director of Children’s Religious Education for the past seven years, has felt called to get back into teaching and has accepted a position at a local high school’s theology department. The school’s gain is definitely our loss, but we’re also very happy for Matt and his family as they move into this new chapter in their lives. 

For the most part, I will be taking his place (although in all fairness, what he did is really being divided between several people).  It has been great to see God’s timing in all this and I hope you will all stop by the office and say hi sometime!

catWe’re planning a new family focus for learning more about the role of Catholic Authority and Tradition in our faith lives – look for instruction on C.A.T. Stats for families coming this fall. This is also the year for our Mass Challenge and, if you’re in the Church of Saint Paul program, don’t pack your Hawaiian shirts away after the State Fair because we have a great tropical theme planned for our Kick-Off Extravaganza in September!

On the Family Formation distance front, we are thrilled with all the new parishes and families who have registered and there are many, many more who have ordered Parish Intro Kits to help with their discernment process.  We are praying for all of you as you work to lead the families under your care closer to Jesus! 

And last, but not least, this is the year when we can finally roll out our Home Lessons in Spanish! Again, this is something that has been in the works for years, but in God’s good timing (and the generous work of all sorts of qualified people) it is ready to go just in time for lots of interest from the diocese of San Antonio. 

Every day when we come to work, we are just overwhelmed with all the huge and minute ways we see the Holy Spirit working through Family Formation and we feel so privileged to be part of it!  Thank you for sharing your blessings and challenges and questions and answers with us and we look forward to working with you in the 2014-15 school year!

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