Parents “need support and formation to fulfill this important vocation”

A recent post on the Facebook page of Bishop Frank Caggiano from the Diocese of Bridgeport:

bishop-caggianoYesterday morning I had the wonderful experience of leading a catechetical session for parents whose children attend the faith formation program at Saint Michael’s Church in Greenwich. Earlier this month I had the same opportunity to engage parents at Saint Marguerite Parish in Brookfield. My topic was the Eucharist. The time that I spent with the parents allowed me to present the tenets of our Catholic faith and engage in a wonderful sharing of faith, answering some questions that many parents are facing regarding how best to explain our faith to their children. I enjoyed my time with all the parents that I met yesterday and earlier this month and promise to pray for them as they strive to be the best of teachers in this very challenging world.

These parent formation sessions form part of an innovative catechetical formation program led by Mrs. Mary Ellen Tiernan who serves as the director of faith formation in both parishes. It is based on the premise that the parent, as the first and best teacher of the Catholic faith to his or her child, needs support and formation to fulfill this important vocation. Once a month the parents come to the group session, at the same time that their children attend their monthly group class, and receive materials for the remainder of the month to engage their children in catechetical formation. Overall, it is mutually beneficial for parents and children alike, enriching their faith and strengthening both their families and the larger community that these families form in their parish. I wish to commend Mary Ellen and her staff for their wonderful ministry.

While we are all aware of the many challenges we face as a church, innovative programs such as the one I experienced yesterday give me great hope. For every challenge in life is also an opportunity to grow in our personal lives and to trust that the Lord will lead us to renewal and new life.

Thank you to Mary Ellen for being such an enthusiastic ambassador for Family Formation and to Bishop Caggiano for his kind words about the program!

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