The family that prays together stays together. Pope Saint John Paul II, Apostolic Letter - Rosarium Virginis Mariae, paragraph 41
A Family of Faith was created to help develop strong Catholic families in which children learn the joys of following Jesus Christ and the truths of our Faith through the witness of Christian life given by their parents. Studies indicate that parental involvement in the faith-life of their child is by far the most important element in ensuring that a child develops into a practicing Christian. A Family of Faith provides both the parish catechist and the parent with an easy-to-use, turnkey solution to catechizing the whole family and helping parents lead their children to Heaven.
Saint Scholastica Parish will begin the program in fall 2020 for families with children ages birth through the 2nd grade. The program begins with Volume 1 which is based on the first pillar of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the Creeds. Then over the course of the subsequent three years families will journey together through the other pillars: the Sacraments, the Life of Christ, and prayer. Parents will meet with a catechist on the 2nd Sunday of each month on Sunday mornings from 9:45am – 11:15am to learn how to teach two lessons a month in their homes. Each 30 to 40 minute at-home lessons will feature stories, car talks, videos, crafts, and activities that incorporate family members of all ages. Families will meet as a group on the 3rd Sunday of the month from 10am – 10:30am in the Church for Solemn Exposition for Children, and on the 4th Sunday of the month, families will gather at the church for a community activity or event. A list of those events can be found here.
For families with a child in the second grade, you will help them prepare for their first reconciliation following the Archdiocese of Denver’s Saints Among curriculum. The catechist will also assist you in this process. In the spring, they will meet with a priest and discuss their preparation and when they are ready will receive this sacrament for their first time. Click here to access St. Scholastica’s First Reconciliation Notebook. Click here to access the Saints Among Us Reconciliation Curriculum.
Families that participate in A Family of Faith will benefit in several ways as they journey towards eternity together including: being able to experience the joy of seeing the ones you love learn to treasure and grow in their faith, being able to share the most important journey of your lives together, and being able to meet other families that are forming themselves in the Catholic faith.
To learn more about the program:
Click here to learn more about the A Family of Faith curriculum.
Click here to access A Family of Faith supplements including videos, articles, books, and talk outlines.
To review other programs and resources for families:
Click here to learn about the Apostolate for Family Consecration includes consecration, retreats, family catechism and more