What is Family Formation?
Family Formation supports parents in their role as the primary educators of their children in the Catholic Faith. Parents are provided with the tools to share the Good News and the beauty of the Catholic Faith with their children and to form them into true disciples of Christ.
"The family is, so to speak, the domestic church. In it, parents should, by their word and example, be the first preachers of the faith to their children." -Lumen Gentium §11: Second Vatican Council
Why Family Formation?
The faith is best taught and lived out in the family, and the Church calls parents to be their children's first and foremost educators in the faith.
The Family Formation curriculum:
- is grounded in Sacred Scripture
- is faithful to the teaching of the Magisterium
- includes references to the Catechism of the Catholic Church
- is approved by the USCCB
- is available in English and Spanish
Additional resources will be provided for children preparing for First Communion.
Students in 7th and 8th grade will also participate in our Confirmation Prep program.
How Does It Work?
►Option A: Family Discipleship Groups◄
Weekly lessons are completed with a group of families who rotate the responsibility of leading lessons and activities over three weeks per month. This is the preferred option, as it allows families to build a community of prayer and accountability. Family Formation sessions can be held in individual homes or in a reserved room at All Saints Church or School.
►Option B: Individual Family Learning◄
Each weekly lesson is done with your family, in your home, at your own pace.
Throughout the year, we will have opportunities for all families to gather for fellowship, service, and prayer.
"The Joy of Love experienced by families is also the joy of the Church." -Pope Francis, Amoris Laetitia
Deadline: September 11, 2022
Open House: Sept. 11
Frequently Asked Questions
Why are we changing to a family formation program?
When their children are baptized, parents make the promise to be their children's faith's primary educator and role models. The structure of past religious education offerings allowed All Saints to have less than 24 hours in an entire year to help in the formation of students. This also did not allow us to work more collaboratively with the parents. We want to be here as a support system and resource for parents in the faith formation of their children.
What if I already registered for GIFFT?
If you already registered for GIFFT over the last few months, then your registration will carry over to this. You will likely receive an email if we are missing any details and/or need to refund any money. If you registered for Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, you'll still need to register for Family Formation.
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When does the program begin?
The program will begin at the start of October. Once you've registered, keep an eye on your emails for more details.
What are the challenges of this program?
There will obviously be a challenge for our community to adjust to this new model of religious education. Another challenge will be families finding the right time in their schedule to work on the lessons provided. The good news is that families can participate in a discipleship group or work through the tasks independently. There is no definite meeting date or time.
How often do we need to meet?
Families will complete lessons three weeks out of every month. The fourth week will be a family activity related to the faith. You decide when to meet as a family discipleship group or as an individual family. Each family in a discipleship group will rotate who leads that week's session.
What is the role of the Parish Staff and Clergy?
Our Priests fully encourage the Family Formation model and program. They are uniquely qualified through the Priestly vocation to help parents by supporting them in their Sacramental vows to raise their children according to the faith. The staff is here to be your first contact and true support system for all of the Family Formation needs you have.
Are we offering traditional Religious Education classes?
We will no longer be offering the old religious education model. The reality of the current state of the church universally is that this is not an effective way to pass the faith on to our Children.
What if I don't feel confident in my knowledge of the Faith to lead these lessons?
Parents do not have to be experts in the faith to use Family Formation. By simply spending a little time each week with the materials, families will become familiar with the topics for lessons. Each lesson has references to Scripture and the Catechism of the Catholic Church. This preparation will also help parents who never learned some of the Truths of the faith.
What if I can't host sessions in my home?
We understand that every family has different living arrangements, and because of this, we are offering to open the church and school buildings for discipleship groups with a reservation.
Do we have to be part of a Family Discipleship group?
No, but our preference is for you to try it out first and see if it works. The discipleship group model will allow families to get to know other families in the community and for children to share in the formation process with their friends. It will also enable new friendships for parents who understand the struggles of raising their children in the faith.
How do we include younger children in Family Formation? What about older kids?
The program is highly flexible. In contacting parishes around the country that use Family Formation, we have found that it can be used for children as young as two. For your older students, we encourage that you get them involved by helping lead lessons and activities. We also have an incredible ministry program for Junior High and High School students at All Saints.
Does Family Formation include Sacrament prep?
There will be a supplemental program for students receiving First Communion and Reconciliation. For families with children receiving the Sacraments, these materials will be included. We will still be hosting Church Tour and Symbol Fair. For Confirmation students, there will be an additional program offered by our Confirmation Coordinator.
What if I am a single parent or my spouse is not Catholic?
All parents are given the graces necessary to lead their children to our Heavenly Father. The effectiveness of family-based catechesis is a beautiful blessing to all families. Lessons are presented clearly; it is an excellent way for non-Catholics to learn about the faith. For single parents, we recommend discipleship groups. This way, you will never feel alone in raising your family in the faith. To put it simply, Family Formation is a program for every family.
What about Catholic School families?
All Saints is one community with two campuses. Our church families and school families are All Saints families. This program is for all families to participate in. Faith being shared and taught at home is critical. This will also help parents learn about the faith and the way the students learn the faith in school.
How can I help if I don't have children in the Family Formation program?
First of all, pray for us. We always need volunteers. The people are the church, and we need everyone in the church to support us in making this program successful for all families. If you are interested in volunteering, don't hesitate to get in touch with us at .
What is the cost?
The cost for the program is $75 per child. There will be a cap of $150 for all families. If you have a 7th or 8th-grade student preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation, there will be an additional fee of $75. This will allow us to cover the cost of supplies and materials throughout the year. Scholarships are available to anyone who has a need.