We ended the last catechetical year with many parishes asking parents to work with their children at home on faith formation because of the pandemic. Our hopes were, of course, that we would soon see a return to normalcy and that, come fall, young people and catechists could once again resume in-person sessions of faith formation at the parish. Alas, those hopes have been dashed in many parts of the country where the pandemic lingers or has even worsened. As a result, many parishes are once again planning on asking parents to take responsibility for much of their children’s faith formation at home in lieu of in-person sessions at the parish.
With that in mind, I have put together the following 12-minute video to assist parents with doing faith formation at home with their children. The goal of this video is to simplify things and not overwhelm parents with “another lesson” they have to teach to their children. Rather, we want to empower them to have some special family time with our Lord. You may want to send this out to families in your parish to help and support parents in their efforts to bring their children closer to Jesus Christ.
Here are links to a number of resources mentioned in the video to assist parents:
- 3-Minute Retreats
- Sunday Connection
- Finding God curriculum and resources
- Parent Quick-Guide for Families with Multiple Children in Different Grades (Finding God)
- Christ Our Life curriculum and resources
- Parent Quick-Guide for Families with Multiple Children in Different Grades (Christ Our Life)
- Pop-Up Catechesis
- Wanderlight: A Pilgrim’s Adventure
In a few weeks, I will be offering some tips for catechists who are being asked to lead online remote lessons—one more option in place of in-person sessions. Stay tuned!