Resources for Putting Parents First During the Catechetical Year

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Whenever we fly somewhere and listen to the instructions from the flight attendants, we are reminded that, if there is a sudden drop in pressure and the oxygen masks come down, adults should put their own masks on first and then assist their children in doing so. The logic is simple: adults will be needed to assist young people throughout the crisis and beyond.

We need to take the same approach to our faith formation. While we may think of our program as “children’s faith formation,” we need to equip the parents and other significant adults with what they need to assist the children throughout the experience and beyond.

With that in mind, I am happy to provide links to a number of resources from Loyola Press that can help parishes put parents first as we venture into this new catechetical year.

Resources to Give Parents

These resources are either free or low-cost.

Faith Formation Experiences for Parents

Invite parents to their own faith formation experiences while their children are in sessions.

Also invite parents to bookmark these online resources for the family.

About Joe Paprocki 2742 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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