Frequently Asked Questions
The New Family Faith Formation Process
Q: What is the New Family Faith Formation Process?
A: The New Family Faith Formation process is whole family centered approach to learning about the Catholic Faith. Students who are enrolled in public school will now take their religious classes online using My Catholic Faith Delivered. In addition, those students will meet in the classroom once every 8 weeks. We will have classroom options on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings. In addition, families will be required to attend the 4 scheduled family faith day events. In summary The New Family Faith Formation Process will consist of:
A: Today, more than ever we have become aware that new technologies are changing our culture and creating a place where people are living. As the leaders of the church, we want to be where you are to assist you to form your children in the gift of our faith. We believe that faith is formed when there is a substantial investment of thought, time, and intimacy by parents. We believe that God dwells in every family and that family life is sacred, and we believe that parents are the most important religious influence on their children. It is our responsibility as a church to support, collaborate and to encourage you to share the “Good News” as an expression and focus of the Church’s mission and evangelization. For evangelization to be effective and fruitful, it must be ever “new”.
Q: Will the children lose face-to-face contact?
A: Not at all – in fact for those families that embrace The New Family Faith Formation Process, they will see their children grow in faith and will increase their attendance at mass, which will result in building a spiritual family. Since parents have given children their life, they are bound by the most serious obligation to educate their offspring and therefore must be recognized as the primary and principal educators. This role in education is so important that only with difficulty can it be supplied where it is lacking. Parents are the ones who must create a family atmosphere animated by love and respect for God and man, in which the well-rounded personal and social education of children is fostered. Hence the family is the first school of the social virtues that every society needs. It is particularly in the Christian family, enriched by the grace and office of the sacrament of matrimony, that children should be taught from their early years to have knowledge of God according to the faith received in Baptism, to worship Him, and to love their neighbor. Here, too, they find their first experience of a wholesome human society and of the Church. Finally, it is through the family that they are gradually led to a companionship with their fellowmen and with the people of God. Let parents, then, recognize the inestimable importance a truly Christian family has for the life and progress of God’s own people (#3 Declaration on Christian Education).