What is Family Faith Formation?
Simply put, it is formation for the whole family, parents and children. Formation involves more than catechetical instruction, however. As Catholics we should strive, yes, to inform ourselves of the teachings of the church. To form something involves molding or shaping. To that end we need to steep ourselves in the Traditions associated with the Liturgical Seasons and come to know the saints whose lives may then inspire our own. We learn over time how to shape our lives within the mold of the Catholic liturgy, creating a Catholic culture in our family life. Our Faith is something to be lived, not merely studied.
At Holy Family Cathedral we desire to share these rich traditions with parishioners and aide you in creating a Catholic culture in your homes. We have taken a fresh approach to what used to called CCD or RE, by offering Faith Formation for the whole family. To support our efforts, we have chosen to use materials produced by the Church of St. Paul in Minnesota, titled FAMILY formation. These materials were created as an apostolate, the goal of which is best conveyed from a quote on their website:
Family Formation is designed to help parents respond to the Church's call to be "the first and foremost educators of their children"* and to help families grow in the transforming love of God by understanding and living the Catholic Faith. *Gravissimum Educationis
Nationally there is a movement in this direction. The Diocese of Fargo, the Diocese of Denver and St. Paul are a few examples of diocese that have already implemented or are moving in the direction of whole family catechesis. Within our own diocese, Bishop Konderla recently released his first pastoral letter, God Builds A House, in which he calls on parishes to help “strengthen the family and the Domestic Church,” in part, by offering family-based catechesis. Thus, we are confident of our direction and relying on the Holy Spirit to guide and bless our efforts.
Family Faith Formation for parents and their children in Pre-K through 8th grade will generally meet the first Sunday of the month following the 10 am Mass. Breakfast will be served prior to the start of class. Sacramental Preparation for First Communion will meet a second time on the 3rd Sunday of the month, also following the 10 am Mass. The third Sunday of the month, the Knights of Columbus prepare a pancake breakfast for a small fee. Specific dates will be provided at the first formation class.
Our clergy, volunteer catechists and I look forward to the coming year. We pray it will enrich your family life and aide you in sharing the Faith with your children.
Director of Family Evangilization