Helping Parents with Faith Formation at Home

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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:

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!

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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


  1. Thanks Loyola and Joe. Your presentation was informative and respectful of the parent. As always Joe you are on target with your way of communicating. I have followed you for many years. Never disappointed in your presentations, Catechist Journey, books! You have a great gift!

  2. Thank you, Joe, for your gentle and encouraging way of inviting and reassuring parents in their role as primary “teacher” of faith – inspiring families to form a deeper relationship with Jesus.

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