Final Installment of Families Living Faith at St. Jude, New Lenox

mother reading Bible with daughter

Last month, I posted on two occasions about a unique approach to faith formation at St. Jude Parish in New Lenox, IL, which honors the role of parents as their children’s primary catechists. In short, the parents and kids gather once per month at the parish at which time the kids are taught a lesson by catechists while parents engage in a session of adult faith formation and are equipped with resources to go home and to continue their child’s faith formation using the next three chapters in their textbook.

I’ve enjoyed the reaction and comments and questions about these posts over the past couple of weeks, and I encourage you to explore how your parish faith formation program can honor parents as the primary catechists of their children.

Out of respect to the good folks at St. Jude who generously shared so much time and information with me about their program, I believe it is only fair to disclose that the textbook they use is from a publisher other than Loyola Press. I invite you to contact the faith formation staff at St. Jude Parish to talk to them about which program they’ve chosen and why.

Having said that, I am confident that our Finding God program here at Loyola Press would work supremely well in such a format. If you would like to talk to someone at Loyola Press about using Finding God in a format that gathers parents monthly and empowers them to teach lessons at home, please contact your Loyola Press Educational Consultant.

About Joe Paprocki 2741 Articles
Joe Paprocki, DMin, is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press, where, in addition to his traveling/speaking responsibilities, he works on the development team for faith formation curriculum resources including Finding God: Our Response to God’s Gifts and God’s Gift: Reconciliation and Eucharist. Joe has more than 35 years of experience in ministry and has presented keynotes, presentations, and workshops in more than 100 dioceses in North America. Joe is a frequent presenter at national conferences including the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, the Mid-Atlantic Congress, and the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership. He is the author of numerous books, including the best seller The Catechist’s Toolbox, A Church on the Move, Under the Influence of Jesus, and Called to Be Catholic—a bilingual, foundational supplemental program that helps young people know their faith and grow in their relationship with God. Joe is also the series editor for the Effective Catechetical Leader and blogs about his experiences in faith formation at

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