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FF FAQs – What about children who go to Catholic schools?

October 2, 2012

Faith formation at home is critical, regardless of a child’s school environment.  By using Family Formation, a family can grow together in their faith, and the shared faith experiences offered make for many teachable moments in the normal events of family life.  Children receive significant lessons in the importance of continual education in the Faith as they see their parents giving priority to their own progress.  At every age, growth in our faith is important!

FF FAQs – What do you offer for sacramental preparation?

September 30, 2012

There is a separate Family Formation program for those preparing for the sacraments of first Reconciliation and first Holy Communion. Students in our program (typically second graders), meet at the same classroom time as regular Family Formation students. Instead of learning about the topic of the month, they are on a separate track, concentrating on their preparation for one of these sacraments.  Each sacramental prep student purchases a Family Formation workbook containing Home Lessons to do with their parents the other three weeks each month. They prepare for their first Reconciliation during the fall semester and, after receiving that sacrament, they prepare for first Holy Communion in the spring.

FF FAQs – I am a single parent / my spouse is not Catholic. Will Family Formation work for me?

September 28, 2012

Absolutely! All parents are given the graces necessary to lead their children to our Heavenly Father. The additional effectiveness of family-based catechesis is a wonderful blessing to families in these more difficult situations. The clear, simple explanations of the faith as presented in Family Formation lessons are a great way for a non-Catholic parent to learn about Catholicism and to have their questions answered. Simply use Family Formation in the same way as other families.

FF FAQs – A DRE asks about transitioning to Family Formation

September 26, 2012

Would you recommend offering both a traditional CCD program and Family Formation to the families in our parish?

Normally, we recommend offering only one program so as to use the available resources in your parish most effectively. In making the transition, some parishes have found it effective to choose a small number of committed families to use Family Formation on a pilot-program basis for a year. The following year, these families are able to work with the priest/DRE as advocates of Family Formation, giving testimony to its effectiveness to the other parents in their parish.

It may also be helpful to re-read Matt’s posts about our recommended Three-Phase Plan.  (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3)

FF FAQs – Getting the whole family involved

September 24, 2012

How do you include younger and older children in the Home Lessons?

Each Home Lesson offers parents a great deal of flexibility and a variety of activities. This allows parents, who are the best judges of their child’s needs, skills, and attention span, to tailor lessons to their family’s needs. We encourage parents to challenge, but not overwhelm their children. With younger children it is recommended you approach topics at the most basic level knowing that they will be covered again the next time through the three-year cycle.

Can you use Family Formation with high school students?

Family Formation is designed primarily for use with kindergarten through sixth grade students, but many families get all their children (including preschoolers and highschoolers) involved in doing the Home Lessons. The games, stories, and activities that reinforce each lesson are fun ways for the entire family to learn, and there are many benefits to having your entire family grow in the faith together.

FF FAQs – Questions from DREs about families resistant to change

September 22, 2012

What do you do with parents who are resistant to the idea of teaching their children at home?

Even the least-committed Catholic parents have an interest in their child’s religious formation.  By making Family Formation the only option in your parish, families are compelled to try it, and most will soon see the effectiveness of the program.  Also, do not underestimate the value of having your parish priest’s support.  His enthusiastic endorsement of family-based catechesis from the pulpit and at your parent training times will convince many families to give it a try.  personal contact by the DRE or another enthusiastic parent could also help to encourage them through difficulties.

What about the really resistant parents in my parish who aren’t likely to get on board with Family Formation, and what about those children who will get left by the wayside if we don’t continue with CCD?

It isn’t very comforting, but despite our best efforts, the effectiveness of any program is very limited if the Faith is not supported at home.  While it seems backwards to give the primary responsibility for religious education to these parents, the fact of the matter is that God already gave it to them when they became parents.  It is our job to help them recognize this fact and to support them every step of the way.  Follow-up phone calls, personal invitations, and education on parental graces can all be helpful.  Obviously, this support will take additional effort on the part of the DRE and parish priest, but it can be very fruitful.  The key to true transformation in a home is to re-evangelize the parents.  Family Formation offers several non-threatening ways to help make this happen:

  1. The Home Lessons are written at an elementary school level.  Even parents who were very poorly catechized can begin learning the facts of the Faith in simple ways along with their children.
  2. No additional research or study preparation is necessary to do the Home Lessons.  At the most basic level, parents can simply read them aloud to their family and do the activities together.
  3. The monthly meetings offer chances to help everyone learn about a topic in more depth.  During these meetings, it can be helpful to arrange for people to give testimonies outlining their struggles and successes in passing on the Faith to their children and offer practical tips to make it work.  Most parents are resistant because they are busy, they feel inadequate for the job, or because they have never imagined a system other than the “drop off” one.  Family Formation has answers to all of these concerns.

FF FAQs (for DREs*) – Questions about priests and Family Formation

September 18, 2012

What is the priest’s role in Family Formation?

A priest holds a singular position of authority in a parish and can effectively set a positive tone by his encouragement and support of family catechesis.  Through his priestly ministry, he is uniquely qualified to remind parents of their sacramental vows to raise their children according to the Faith, and can remind them of the graces they have to make these sacrifices.  In addition, priests are typically please to have the additional monthly opportunities for adult catechesis and will often give a teaching on the monthly topic (or raise up others in the parish to do so).

What if my priest isn’t supportive?

Obeying legitimate authority is an important part of being Catholic.  If your priest is not supportive, we would not recommend using Family Formation as a parish-wide program.  You could, however, still use it with your family through the distance family program.

*Enough acronyms for you?J


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