Parents are the first and foremost educators who plant the seeds of faith in their children long before participation in any formal catechetical program. And once in a formal religion program in a Catholic school or parish program, parents reinforce and support what is being taught.
In order to assist parents in this responsibility we've assembled a few resources:
First click HERE to view a parent letter from the Department of Lifelong Faith Formation which includes a very nice summary of the key points each child is expected to learn in grades 1 - 8.
Also be sure to check out our PARENT LOUNGE. Our parent lounge is open in the community room of the school building EVERY time you drop your child off for formation classes. In the lounge, we will have a variety of print resources available to support and strengthen Catholic families. One of my favorites is a series called Catholic Spirituality for Adults. Study guides can be found on the website HERE, and the corresponding books can be checked out from our library.
For interesting articles and tips on how your family can grow in their faith, check out our Partners in Faith monthly newsletters:
Emmaus Moments from Be My Disciples is a series of short weekly meditations for parents.
Family Bonds from Be My Disciples contains more articles for parents on how faith and culture can flourish and enrich Catholic families.
About Your Child from Be My Disciples - Learn more about your child's physical, cognitive and emotional development.
Doctor's Advice - Dr. Tim Hogan is a writer, psychologist and certified Imago Relationship Therapist who directs a counseling center in the city of Detroit. He has consulted and taught workshops for the Archdiocese of Detroit and contributed to the RCL Benziger Family Life series.
Vibrant Faith @ Home by Leif Kehrwald is a free website that offers great resources for: Adults, Young Families, Young Adults, Kids, etc. to use at home!
The Sadlier Family Center is an online resource with engaging activities, tips, and articles to support families in their spiritual faith journeys as Catholics.
The Family section of the Loyola Press website also contains many great articles for Catholic families including pages for Catholic Kids; Catholic Teens; Family, Faith, and Fun; Holidays and Special Occasions; and Praying as a Family.
Also, catholicmom.com is a great BLOG for Catholic families. There are a lot of resources on this popular site.