Family Faith Formation

These days we are hearing a lot about ‘Renewal in the Church.’   Our Mother Church is calling us for ‘New Evangelization.’  Canadian Bishops have introduced to us the ‘Renewed Roman Missal.’  The gospel of abundant life is the content of the New Evangelization to which Pope Benedict has called the whole church. This is not a judgement on the past, or a repeat of the past. .… This is a call to see the world differently, to change our minds and it is an appeal to the heart. It requires “… the courage to forge new paths in responsibility to the changing circumstances and conditions facing the church in her call to proclaim and live the Gospel today.” (Lineamenta #5)

 

As Archbishop Mancini stated in his Pentecost Pastoral Letter, “The mission of Jesus Christ is now in our hands and its proclamation is now dependent on us and what we do with it. We are the Church and our world awaits the gospel which we will bring.” 

For the last one year, through meetings with the parents, Catechetical Committee, Pastoral Council & Parish Impact Team, and other related Committees, we have been exploring the possibilities of renewing our Religious Education with a Family Oriented Faith Formation Program.  After a lot of studies, prayer and discernment we are planning to implement a “Family Faith Formation Program” in our parish.  It is an adaptation of FIRE program for our parish.

 

We ask you to be patient and cooperative as this beautiful family faith formation unfolds in our parish.  No need of panicking.  It is rather an easy fun filled interactive and intergenerational faith formation program.  We have to give our young families the best possible formation we can give.  Let us trust that this will produce abundant faith-filled families in our parish.  As this program is in the unfolding stage now, and the leaders have to be trained as well, we may not be able to start the program for a couple of months.  Meantime, we are asking the parents to participate in the Sunday liturgies with their children, teach them the basic Catholic prayers, participate in the parish mission and stay connected with the church activities.  Remember, ‘faith is not taught, it is caught.’   

The following are the steps that we are going to follow in implementing the Family Faith Formation;

 

Step One – Come and See:

We had a good turnout at the Parents meeting last Wednesday to discuss the ‘Family Faith Formation’ initiatives in our parish. At this meeting we have started exploring deeply what Family Faith Formation is about. Since parental attendance and engagement are of utmost importance in this program, for those parents who missed this first meeting, we are offering another meeting at 7 pm Wednesday, October 26 in the parish hall. Registration for Family Faith Formation will be held for the next two weeks by calling; Cathy Patriquin at 465-6640, or Elaine at the parish office 461-1987. Registration forms are also available in the church porch and from ushers and hospitality ministers.

 

Step Two – Individual Meeting With the Pastor

 

This meeting is for the pastor and the families to get to know each other. This also is an opportunity to discuss further the children’s and parents engagement in the program by celebrating Sunday, participating in the parish mission and attending at least one adult faith formation a year. This friendly meeting will be scheduled for November in consultation with the parents for their suitable time. Family Faith Group formation continues.

 

 

 

 

Step Three – Covenanting for Faith Formation:

 

At the start of the Family Faith Formation Program, we will celebrate a ‘COVENENTING SUNDAY.’ At this celebration, the leaders of the Family Faith Formation groups, parents, children and the faith community pledge for faith formation in the parish. The date for the ‘Covenanting Sunday’ will be announced.

 

Step Four – Family Faith Formation:

 

Following the ‘Covenanting,’ the groups meetings begin. Every time, the Group begins the weekly session with readings and reflection from the previous Sunday’s Mass readings. Thus this program is centered on the Sunday Liturgy. The formal starting date of the Program will be announced later.

 

Group Meetings:

 

Following the ‘Covenanting,’ the groups meetings begin. Every time, the Group begins the weekly session with readings and reflection from the previous Sunday’s Mass readings. Thus this program is centered on the Sunday Liturgy. The formal starting date of the Program will be announced later.

 

Sunday Liturgy:

 

The five modules of St. Andrew’s Family Faith Formation consist of;

  • Becoming Community,
  • Celebrating Community,
  • The Responding Community,
  • The Believing Community and
  • The Living Community.

The living Community is an actively practicing community. Our religious formation is to make us a practicing community.

 

For More Information:

 

If you have a question or need more information, please contact Fr. Johni (pastor), Carl York (Pastoral Council Chair), Cathy Patriquin (Director of Faith Formation) or Deacon Gordon MacKinnon (Office Manager).

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