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Praise to the Parents!

IMG_0388IMG_0388I was at a city-wide meeting of catechists and religious educators earlier this month when one of the directors approached me and commented on the participation of parents in the Faith Formation process at Nativity.  She asked how Nativity does it?  How do we keep the parents involved in their child’s faith formation?  She wondered how this cooperation of parish and parent could work in raising a faith filled child?   

No other Catholic parish I know of in the surrounding area has a Parent Partnership process like we do! At Nativity both parish and parents work together in passing on the faith.   We are so proud of our parents who take seriously their role in being their child’s first teacher of the faith.  As banner I love puts it, “If you are a Catholic, it’s because someone loved you into it!” 

Parents pray.  All parents gather with their children in the worship space of Nativity each Wednesday night before Faith Formation classes begin.  Together we pray, sing and hear the gospel scripture proclaimed.  This 7 minute service sets the tone for an evening of faith sharing. 

Parents teach.  Parents take on a “team effort” in teaching children in the faith.  Each elementary grade level has a group of parents (or grandparents) who share the Good News of the gospel each week.  Our parents are our catechists. They explore with their classroom of children what the church believes and teaches as well as “breaking open” the gospel message.    

Parents and children become “learners” together

Parents are serious about developing a firm foundation to get started in a lifelong process of developing a well-built faith.  During this coming year we have scheduled parent seminar sessions on the book entitled, A Well-Built Faith by Joe Paprocki.  This book makes it easy and fun for parents to know what they believe and to feel confident in sharing those beliefs.  In addition, a monthly newsletter, “At Home with our Faith”, gives some practical wisdom for busy parents.  We reinforce what the Catholic Church teaches when referring to the home as “the domestic church”. 

Parents participate in teaching at home the preparation phase for their child’s Sacraments of Reconciliation, Confirmation and First Eucharist.   They uncover the question of “What Does Growing Up Catholic Really Mean?”  Parents, along with their child, participate in parish scheduled retreats explaining why we do what we do in the sacraments.

Parents don’t give up.  Parents realize that even though they may have had “no idea of what they were undertaking” when they had their child baptized, they still know that day by day parents have an opportunity to lead their child a little deeper into a relationship with Christ.   Parents make the effort and Christ will take care of the rest!

Entrusted to Your Care

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Sound familiar? These are the words spoken when your child was baptized.  Your child has been “entrusted to your care”.  You promised to raise your child up in the ways of the faith. 

Now, your help is needed. 

Faith Formation sessions for your child begins on Wednesday, September 10, 2014. Parents and children gather together to meet and greet their team catechists (teachers) for the year.  

Before we begin we have to secure enough help to have sufficient Faith Formation classroom sessions for our children.  Help is needed in Grades 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.

If you have children in these grades we need to explore the options of who might help teach these children.  We always have two adults working together in the classroom.  It is only one hour, so why not stay with us and help by sharing your faith with our little ones.  It really can be very rewarding and you will find yourself learning right along with your child.  The most important part is becoming involved with your child as he/she learns what it means to grow up Catholic.     

Yes, your child has been entrusted to your care.  Faith Formation would like to support your important role as your child’s first and most important teacher in the faith.  

If you would like to contact me about anything, here is my e-mail and phone number:  Kathy Bourdon at kathyb@nativitycatholicchurch.net  or 232-2414.