Availability: Days, evenings, weekends
Fees: There are no fees for this program.
Partnering with Parents to Bring Home the Faith
All across the country, pastors, along with parish and school leaders are asking for effective ways to engage parents in the life and mission of the Church as well as seeking ways to help them take ownership as the primary leader of faith within their families. To work together toward this desirable goal, we invite you to consider a dynamic grassroots process designed to reach out to parents in a way that empowers and challenges them to form Strong Catholic Families.
Strong Catholic Families is an ongoing parish or school-based process that engages and strengthens parents and families in growing as a domestic church through a close and vital partnership with the parish and school community.
This eye-opening process will give you the opportunity to:
- Learn about the religious beliefs, attitudes and activities of youth today including the critical impact of parents’ faith, beliefs and actions.
- Listen and share with other parents and parish leaders your hopes, needs and concerns about the faith of your children and how the parish/school can support you in your efforts to instill faith.
- Examine and assess your own “family faith inventory” and discern steps for growing in faith as a family in the coming year.
- Discover some practical ideas and tools for family faith growth.
How Does it Work?
The Strong Catholic Families process is made up of four distinct steps that lead to numerous avenues of faith growth within families and the entire faith community…
Step 1 – The process begins with a consultation between a diocesan trained facilitator and the parish/school leadership. During this meeting, the consultant presents an overview of the Strong Catholic Families dynamic and assists the team in assessing its readiness to begin building strong Catholic families and in thinking through the implications this direction will have upon current programming and structures. Once the leadership is prepared to make this initial commitment, it begins to assemble a local team of parents and staff to prepare for the next steps.
Step 2 – seeks to engage parents through an initial two-hour presentation and dialogue with a diocesan-trained presenter who uses contemporary research combined with engaging visuals and pertinent stories to help parents understand the critical role they possess in how faith is lived in their home and especially in their children’s lives. Follow-up gatherings are held to engage parents further in exploring their emerging needs and concerns while exploring practical strategies for how to best grow in faith as a family.
Step 3 – involves additional critical reflection and discernment by all involved: staff, parents and the local Strong Catholic Families Team, concerning next steps in partnering with one another in reaching the goal of empowering and supporting families to grow in faith.
Step 4 – is an ongoing and evolving movement comprised of implementing new strategies, further reflection and evaluation, and continued commitment to supporting the partnership between the institutional church/school and the domestic church. This cycle continues throughout the years ahead as more and more families become empowered to grow in their Catholic faith.
A Variety of Formats
This presentation can be tailored to fit your needs. We can adjust for time and audience, from an hour discussion with parents and/or catechists to a day-long staff or faculty in-service. Some typical formats:
- Parent meetings for sacramental preparation
- Parish staff in-services
- Parent-Teacher Organization meetings
- Faculty in-services
- District meetings