“The Christian family is grafted into the mystery of the Church to such a degree as to become a sharer,
in its own way, in the saving mission proper to the Church . . . Christian married couples and parents . . .
not only receive the love of Christ and become a saved community, but they are also called upon to communicate
Christ’s love to their brethren, thus becoming a saving community.” (St. John Paul II, Familiaris Consortio, 49)
Family Catechesis and the Parish Family
Here at St. Clare, we provided faith formation through the Family Catechesis model, which brings parents and children together to learn about their faith. Small groups are composed of 4-5 families who meet as a group twice a month. During the weeks that they do not meet, families complete formation activities together at home. If your child is in Grades 1- 10, this is the program that you need to register for.
The premise of faith formation is for a child to know that he/she is loved by God and is part of the family. This central premise is based on the act of the will from parents and guardians who seek to care for the soul of their child. Any child should have the opportunity to explore God and be open to His grace. The home reflects what St. John Paul II called the “church of the home.” This means that a child intimately experiences his faith at home by witness of a parent’s Trinitarian love.
For the process to bear fruit the parent/guardian must first and foremost actively live as a disciple in Christ by daily and weekly reception of the sacraments and affirm the teachings of the Catholic Church. Parents/guardians serve as the primary motive of credibility and the first example of authentic love a child will see and experience. This first instance of instruction reflects a two-fold process of proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ and second provide sound instruction on how to live Christ’s message faithfully.
Through Family Catechesis, we seek to equip parents/guardians and children for success by looking at the process of learning our faith as a school for the Lord’s service rather than a typical classroom environment. As in much the same way that parishioners of all ages are able to take something away from assisting at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, we also believe that catechesis – this echoing of what Christ has taught – is best suited to a community environment.