We believe that Faith begins in the home.
Family Formation is a unique Faith Formation option which focuses on providing parents with the tools they need to step into their God-given role as the primary educators of their children in the Faith. This tremendously helps their children to put into practice the Faith as they see it lived day-to-day at home. This program was created by the Church of St. Paul in Ham Lake, MN and is currently used by parishes all over the United States and Canada! Its popularity testifies to its effectiveness as a truly revolutionary way of bringing faith into the home. Family Formation is for students grades 1-6 and consists of 1 large-group Family Night and 3 home lessons per month which the family can do all together. All are welcome for the monthly Family Nights which feature local speakers on fundamental topics of our rich Catholic Faith!
Through engaging, down-to-earth, easy to understand lessons and activities, Family Formation brings parishes and families together to learn their Faith with excitement and joy! The Good News of Jesus Christ should change everything- from the way we approach our jobs to the way we love our children and wash the dishes. This shared learning about the Faith spills over into families’ everyday lives—incorporating the Catholic Faith becomes a way of life!
Each family can choose a day and time of the week for the home lessons that works best for their schedule, which makes this program incredibly flexible! The home lessons are meant for 1st-6th grade students and their parents, but we encourage the whole family to do them together. Visit familyformation.net for more information on the program itself!
I am a single parent / my spouse is not Catholic. Will this work for me?
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, and invite the non-Catholic spouse to sit down with the family during Family Formation as well. Even if they do not say anything, their presence is a powerful witness to the children of the importance of what is happening.
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 children’s skills and attention spans, to tailor lessons to their own family’s needs. We encourage parents to challenge, but not overwhelm their children. With younger children, it is best to approach topics at the most basic level knowing that they will be covered again the next time through the three-year cycle.
My children go to Catholic School. Is there any need to have them in Family Formation?
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 throughout life. Children receive significant lessons in the importance of continuous education in the Faith as they see their parents giving priority to their own faith life. At every age, growth in our faith is important!
I don’t feel like I know enough to teach my child the Faith at home.
That’s completely normal! God has chosen you to be the parent of your child, and you do not have to be an expert in the Faith to use Family Formation. Think of it as learning alongside your child rather than ‘teaching’ them. Each lesson is easily understandable, and by simply spending a small amount of time in preparation each week, you can become very familiar with the topic in the upcoming lesson. Additional references from Scripture and the Catechism of the Catholic Church are given for those interested in further study of the topic. One of the richest blessings of Family Formation comes as families learn about the beauty and truth of the Catholic Faith together. Many parents have testified to the fact that, through Family Formation, they have come to learn and understand the Catholic Faith for the first time!