Family Faith Formation

 


Parents don’t need more, they need meaningful

Family Faith Formation is St. Brendan the Navigator’s faith formation program for students in grades K-8 who do not currently attend St. Brendan school.

It is one program for the whole family to do together that gives intentionality, structure, and routine to the conversations about faith you already have at home, anchored by a monthly family session here at the parish.

Moving to our family-based processes for faith formation and sacrament preparation is based on the most current directives from the Church and the most up-to-date sociological research. As a teacher, we were always encouraged to use research-based methods for instruction, classroom management, assessment, community-building, etc. This is a mindset that you can also find in our Department of Ministry and Evangelization.

For us, this means that faith formation and sacrament preparation must support families in their journey of faith–fostering growth and maturity of faith through relationship instead of providing requirements to meet. Faith is not transactional, where we put in the money or registration form and thus the sacraments and spirituality are dispensed.  Our method must instead be relational, where your family is accompanied by the community of the Church as you move forward in grace towards greater faith. This must include the staff and clergy. Our priority is to provide whatever you need as you share your faith with others.

At Saint Brendan, our goal is to encourage and support conversations in the home with parents about faith. These are the key movements–in the family’s context, and with parents. We are not offering just resources to support this, but a whole method for engaging in and raising conversations about faith in the home. We want to help you have meaningful conversations about faith with you and your children.

Schedule

Families attend an at-church family session once a month. During these, there is a session for parents and children in kindergarten through eighth grade. These are usually on the second Sunday and Monday of each month. The family sessions times are:

2nd Sundays from 9:45-11:15am for kindergarten  – grade 5 families

2nd Sundays from 6:30-8:30pm for grades 6 through 8 families

2nd Mondays from 6:30-8pm for kindergarten – grade 8 families

Middle school students also attend two small group sessions each month. These are on the first and third Sunday or Monday each month.

Families will have some kind of at-home family meeting with a teaching and activity to complete once or twice each month. The at-church family session will help parents to understand how to conduct the family meeting and provide a time to support and follow up with others.

The family meeting is an at-home faith experience with the entire family. The structure is a gathering ritual, opening prayer, check-in, experiential activity, teaching, and closing prayer. Each family meeting should take 20-40 minutes.

A family session is an at-church experience that follows the structure of a family meeting. A leader or leaders facilitate the session and model family-based faith formation. We believe families need an at-church component, even if most of the teaching is happening at home. Community is essential in the life of the Church and we want families to gather often to support one another. The premier weekly gathering is Sunday Mass. We pray that as families fall in love with Jesus and their community that they would hunger to live in a weekly communion available to them at the Mass.

For the fall semester, we will use Seek, which provides four high quality at-church sessions for the whole family. In these sessions, you will learn about the Gospel message and how to share it with your kids.

During the spring semester, we will use the Root box, which will teach you and your family about the statements of the Nicene Creed that we say at Mass each Sunday. This box includes six at-home family meetings. During this semester, we will have four at-church family sessions to help break open what you and your children have been learning at home in the parent series and family meetings.

Family Faith Formation is for any family desiring to pass on the Catholic faith to their children. It is not limited to students in certain schools or parishioners.

 

Statistics show that for faith to “stick” it must be talked about and lived out with the people children love the most, their parents. We may only have them in faith formation for one or two years, but you will be in a relationship with them for a lifetime.

We determined you are our best investment for the faith development of your children. We sought a program that puts family at the center of the teaching. Parents are already overwhelmed, especially in this current reality, so we did not want to just send home one more thing to “do.” We wanted to give you a tool to create meaningful moments together that will help you develop Christian leaders. We all want to raise children that embody the values of Jesus. Children who are courageous, kind, humble, compassionate, and have strong character.

We are choosing programs to bring to that you conduct in your own homes with you as the leader. We provide everything you need as a box. It is interactive and very easy to implement. You present the material through short family meetings and you get to choose the best day and time for these to happen.

Parents, you have everything needed to share faith with your children! Your own life and the ways you have encountered God are your best teaching tool. Faith is a gift, a lens to see your life through, not a series of classes to “check off.” It applies to your everyday life. We hope you will experience this program in this way. We look forward to your feedback, and will use it to guide us in this new process.

Your family remains in our prayers as an essential part of our community!

Faith Formation certainly doesn’t end with Confirmation!

We are so proud of our high school youth ministry program, The Vine, which provides high school students the opportunity to encounter God and grow in their faith alongside their peers. We encourage your children to attend, especially on 2nd Sundays with the whole family!

We also have a variety of videos, books, links, & more available on our Parent Resources page and our High School Resources page to help you continue sharing the faith with your older teens!

School families who want to utilize our regular resources are absolutely welcome to register here! Saint Brendan School uses the same sacramental preparation family materials as Family Faith Formation.

 


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