New! Family Catechesis for 2020-21
This Fall we launched our new Family Catechesis Program for Grades K-7. We have spent the past several years praying for and researching the best way to help you, parents, share your faith with your children and live out your Domestic Church. You might be wondering, “What is a ‘Domestic Church’?” When we talk about the Domestic Church we are referring to your family and to the reality that it is within the context of the family that we first learn who God is and how God loves us. In the Family Catechesis Program, we will walk alongside you as you share the Catholic faith with your children.
Due to COVID restrictions, it has been determined that we will continue with at-home lessons ONLY for the remainder of this school year.
For this year, all lessons are done at home – as a family. In the future, this programming will include a twice a month gathering of families – while continuing a weekly at home lesson. There will also be optional family gatherings throughout. Here is a quick summary of our new Family Catechesis program:
This program will have everything you (the parent) need to lead a brief, once a week, faith-based discussion with your family (with optional activity and/or video).
- First – these “family” lessons – will offer three “levels of understanding” (lower elementary, upper elementary, and middle school). You choose just one level appropriate for your family as a whole. The lessons will be available on a Google classroom online – and the only accountability (or work “due”) would be to upload to Google classroom a picture of your family or kids going over the lesson or completing an activity together. That’s it.
- All of the lessons will be based on the Sunday Gospel readings. Each week’s lesson – which is comprised of the Gospel reading, a reflection (short reading with something to think about), a few discussion questions, and an activity (varies/optional). Usually, there will be no need to “learn” the material ahead of time – you may simply go over it together. You might glance at the lesson ahead of time – there may be something to prepare for the activity (like ingredients for a recipe – or picking up a couple simple supplies you may already have on hand).
- This will not be a complicated lesson. The idea is to encourage family understanding of the Sunday Gospel readings and a closer connection to the Mass each week. Whether you are attending Mass at the church – or watching online – you could go over the lesson right afterwards – or right before – or whenever is good for your family during the week before. It is flexible and “simple” – yet profound – as it will allow for learning and growing together as a family. Thereby building your “domestic church” – which is within your household.