A New Way to Think About Religious Education

We created A Family of Faith to help develop strong Catholic families in which children learn the joys of following Jesus Christ and the truths of our Faith through the witness of Christian life given by their parents. Read more

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How Family Faith Formation can Reignite the Faith in Your Parish

Engage Families in Your Parish

Many parishes are looking for ways to help families practice their faith and participate fully in the parish. With A Family of Faith, families come together regularly 鈥 growing in relationship with one another and learning the truths of the Catholic Faith and how to apply them in their lives. In the parish and at home parents and children have the opportunity to build relationships through discussion and reflection on topics that matter in their lives.

Learn to Follow Jesus Christ

As families continue to come together to learn about the life of Jesus Christ, His teachings, and the Catholic Faith, they desire to know Him better. The home becomes the place of deep learning as families desire to follow Jesus more closely. Families are introduced to the spiritual treasures of the home, the domestic church. Parents can learn and share with their children practices such as grace before meals, reading and praying with Scripture, and learning about the lives of the saints. All these are included in the monthly Our Catholic Home feature.

Rebuild the Domestic Church

As parents and children engage in discussion about what they are learning, spiritual curiosity is awakened and families desire to deepen in their understanding. Each month parents have the opportunity to choose from a variety of activities and discussion that they can do as a family to explore the concepts that are taught in each lesson. Younger children might learn through the experience of coloring one of the beautiful illustrations while older children might meditate on the Scripture.

Families using A Family of Faith attend Mass regularly, learn and practice prayers together, and engage in spiritual conversations at home, helping them to grow in holiness.

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ENDORSEMENTS

鈥淎 Family of Faith is inspiring yet practical. This series has the potential to strengthen and renew the Catholic family as well as every parish that uses it.鈥

Scott Hahn

Catholic Author

鈥淎 Family of Faith is both inspiring and pragmatic, with the potential to strengthen both Catholic families and the parishes that adopt it.鈥

Cooper John

AFOF User

鈥淎 Family of Faith is inspiring yet practical. This series has the potential to strengthen and renew the Catholic family as well as every parish that uses it.鈥

Scott Hahn

Catholic Author

鈥淎 Family of Faith is both inspiring and pragmatic, with the potential to strengthen both Catholic families and the parishes that adopt it.鈥

Cooper John

AFOF User

How it Works

A Family of Faith provides you the flexibility to meet the needs of your parish.

At the PARISH

Parents attend a monthly workshop, where they learn through teaching, discussion, and activities.

At the PARISH

Parents teach their children with clearly designed lessons and activities that involve the whole family.

In COMMUNITY

Families come together for enjoyable events, such as picnics, feast day celebrations, and activities.

Based on the Pillars of the Catechism

A Family of Faith follows a four year cycle: one pillar of the Catechism is covered per year from September through May. Parents are given a detailed picture of authentic and vibrant Catholic family life, the tools to implement this life in their home, and age appropriate readings, games, crafts, and other activities to help them deepen among their children a love for Christ and His Church.

Each year is self contained, and so families may join at any time in the cycle. After four years, families will have been guided through the entirety of the Catechism and will have developed a broad understanding of the Church teachings. Families then cycle through the program again as their child grow, in order to deepen their knowledge and develop the habits needed for life-long spiritual growth.

How to Make It Work in Your Parish

Model 01

Whole Family or Small Group

Ideal for large parishes serving many families.

Leader鈥檚 presentation is recorded and shared to groups.

Small groups of 5-6 whole families (with one a leader/coordinator) meet in small groups at the parish to complete a selected lesson and activities.

Parents select monthly lessons for leading in their home.

Model 02

Parent-led

Our original design for use!

Leader presents teaching one per month, at the parish, to parents who then engage in small-group discussion and activities to deepen their understanding.

Parents assume the role as primary educators for their children using the Parent鈥檚 Guide and Children鈥檚 Activity Book for teaching at home.

An optional second meeting each month helps families grow in relationship with one another and develops community among families. Use suggested agenda i the Leader鈥檚 Guide of other parish activity such as family Mass and hospitality.

Model 03

Parallel-learning

Wishing to continue a suggested approach for parishes transitioning from a classroom model

Leader presents once per month to present who then engage in small-group discussion and activities to deepen their understanding.

Children participate in lessons with catechists using activities from A Family of Faith.

Parents reinforce the learning at home through select, family-based lessons and activities, preparing them for a more independent experience text year.

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Content Overview

The Parent鈥檚 Guide

Background essays covering each moth鈥檚 content.

Notes for conveying this content to children in age-appropriate ways.

Instructions for activities and craft projects.

Stories of the saints and other notable Catholics

Suggestions for living the faith at home, such as

Suggestions for living the faith at home, such as

Guidance for creating and decorating a prayer space.

Prayer for special occasions

Tips for talking tough tough subjects

Ways to bring the liturgical years to life in the home.

The Children鈥檛 Activity Book

The Children鈥檚 Activity Book is designed to help children come to know the Catholic Faith through fun games and activities. The Parent鈥檚 Guide offers talking points for how to use each activity in the children鈥檚 book as a teachable moment, leading the child to a deeper relationship with Christ.

Activities in the Children鈥檚 Activity Book include:

Scripture memorization and copy work

Instructions for activities and craft projects.

Prayer memorization

Saints鈥 biographies

Games and crafts

Drawing and coloring pages

Journal pages

Prompts for original prayers and reflections

Student Family of Faith materials

The Leader鈥檚 Guide

The Leader鈥檚 Guide allows the parish catechetical leader to make the most of each meeting with families.

The leader鈥檚 guide includes:

Start-up guide for organizing and leading the program

Trivia games and other ice breakers for adult meetings

Lecture notes and PowerPoint slides

Detailed plans with games and activities for community meetings

Instructions for integrating A Family Faith into the life of the parish

Suggestions for ensuring accountability.


The Annual Curriculum Timeline


The Creed

Year One

The Sacraments

Year TWO

Life in Christ

Year THREE

Christian Prayer

Year FOUR

September

The Role of Parents in Education

The Role of Parents in Education

The Role of Parents in Education

The Role of Parents in Education

October

What is Faith, Who is God

What Is a Sacrament?

Heaven: Our Final destination

What is Prayer?

November

What is Faith, Who is God

Created in God’s Image

Conscience: God鈥檚 Law inn Our Hearts

Jesus Teaches Us How to Pray

December

Annunciation, Immaculate Conception

Confirmation

Cardinal and Theological Virtues

Prayer and the Our Father

January

Who is Jesus

The Eucharist, The Mass

The First Great Commandment and the First Four Commandments

Prayer and the Holy Spirit

February

Paschal Mystery

Sacraments of Healing

The 5th-10th Commandments

The Prayer of the Virgin Mary

March

The Holy Spirit

Anointing Of the Sick

The New Commandment and the Works of Mercy

Praying with Scripture and Expressions of Prayer

April

Marks of the Church, Communion of Saints

Holy Orders & Holy Matrimony

The Beatitudes

Prayer as Spiritual Battle

May

The Way of the Creed

Sacraments Jeopardy

Journey to Heaven

Prayer Castle Game

The Creed

Year One

September

The Role of Parents in Education

October

What is Faith, Who is God

November

Created in God’s Image

December

Annunciation, Immaculate Conception

January

Who is Jesus

February

Paschal Mystery

March

The Holy Spirit

April

Marks of the Church, Communion of Saints

May

The Way of the Creed

The Sacraments

Year TWO

September

The Role of Parents in Education

October

What Is a Sacrament?

November

Sacraments of Initiation

December

Confirmation

January

The Eucharist, The Mass

February

Sacraments of Healing

March

Anointing Of the Sick

April

Holy Orders & Holy Matrimony

May

Sacraments Jeopardy

Life in Christ

Year THREE

September

The Role of Parents in Education

October

Heaven: Our Final destination

November

Conscience: God鈥檚 Law inn Our Hearts

December

Cardinal and Theological Virtues

January

The First Great Commandment and the First Four Commandments

February

The 5th-10th Commandments

March

The New Commandment and the Works of Mercy

April

The Beatitudes

May

Journey to Heaven

Christian Prayer

Year FOUR

September

The Role of Parents in Education

October

What is Prayer?

November

Jesus Teaches Us How to Pray

December

Prayer and the Our Father

January

Prayer and the Holy Spirit

February

The Prayer of the Virgin Mary

March

Praying with Scripture and Expressions of Prayer

April

Prayer as Spiritual Battle

May

Prayer Castle Game

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Books and Samples

English

Family of Faith Volume I

The Profession of Faith

Families learn this year about events that took place thousands of years ago. But the story of Read more

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Family of Faith Volume II

The Sacraments

In every way, the Sacraments are about God鈥檚 love, fully revealed in Jesus Christ. The seven Read more

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Family of Faith Volume IV

Christian Prayer

This volume focuses on Christian prayer, and why it is so essential for growing in relationship Read more

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Family of Faith Volume III

Life in Christ

This year focuses on the moral life and what it means to live the way God wants us to live. From Read more

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Spanish

Una Familia de Fe Volumen II

Los Sacramentos

En todos los sentidos, los sacramentos son sobre el amor de Dios, completamente revelado Read more

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Una Familia de Fe Volumen III

Vida en Cristo

Este ano se centra en la vida moral y lo que significa vivir de la manera que Dios quiere que nosotros Read more

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La Profesi贸n de Fe Volume I

La Profesi贸n de Fe

Las familias aprenden este a帽o sobre los eventos que tuvieron lugar hace miles de a帽os. Pero el Read more

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Una Familia de Fe Volumen IV

Oraci贸n Cristiana

Este volumen se centra en la oraci贸n cristiana y por qu茅 es tan esencial para crecer en. Read more

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FAQs

Shouldn’t the religious education of children be left to the parish?

Since the current faith formation and religious education model is struggling to transform family life, and since many young people who go through faith formation are leaving the faith, we are proposing a new model (which is actually an ancient model) where the parish focuses on catechizing the parents in order to strengthen parent/child engagement in the Faith. This increases the likelihood that a child will receive an authentic education in the Faith and develop into a knowledgeable and practicing Catholic. Countless studies have shown that parental engagement with the child is the single most effective way to develop young people into disciples of Christ.

Shouldn’t the religious education of children be left to the parish?

Since the current faith formation and religious education model is struggling to transform family life, and since many young people who go through faith formation are leaving the faith, we are proposing a new model (which is actually an ancient model) where the parish focuses on catechizing the parents in order to strengthen parent/child engagement in the Faith. This increases the likelihood that a child will receive an authentic education in the Faith and develop into a knowledgeable and practicing Catholic. Countless studies have shown that parental engagement with the child is the single most effective way to develop young people into disciples of Christ.

Shouldn’t the religious education of children be left to the parish?

Since the current faith formation and religious education model is struggling to transform family life, and since many young people who go through faith formation are leaving the faith, we are proposing a new model (which is actually an ancient model) where the parish focuses on catechizing the parents in order to strengthen parent/child engagement in the Faith. This increases the likelihood that a child will receive an authentic education in the Faith and develop into a knowledgeable and practicing Catholic. Countless studies have shown that parental engagement with the child is the single most effective way to develop young people into disciples of Christ.

Shouldn’t the religious education of children be left to the parish?

Since the current faith formation and religious education model is struggling to transform family life, and since many young people who go through faith formation are leaving the faith, we are proposing a new model (which is actually an ancient model) where the parish focuses on catechizing the parents in order to strengthen parent/child engagement in the Faith. This increases the likelihood that a child will receive an authentic education in the Faith and develop into a knowledgeable and practicing Catholic. Countless studies have shown that parental engagement with the child is the single most effective way to develop young people into disciples of Christ.

Shouldn’t the religious education of children be left to the parish?

Since the current faith formation and religious education model is struggling to transform family life, and since many young people who go through faith formation are leaving the faith, we are proposing a new model (which is actually an ancient model) where the parish focuses on catechizing the parents in order to strengthen parent/child engagement in the Faith. This increases the likelihood that a child will receive an authentic education in the Faith and develop into a knowledgeable and practicing Catholic. Countless studies have shown that parental engagement with the child is the single most effective way to develop young people into disciples of Christ.

Shouldn’t the religious education of children be left to the parish?

Since the current faith formation and religious education model is struggling to transform family life, and since many young people who go through faith formation are leaving the faith, we are proposing a new model (which is actually an ancient model) where the parish focuses on catechizing the parents in order to strengthen parent/child engagement in the Faith. This increases the likelihood that a child will receive an authentic education in the Faith and develop into a knowledgeable and practicing Catholic. Countless studies have shown that parental engagement with the child is the single most effective way to develop young people into disciples of Christ.

Shouldn’t the religious education of children be left to the parish?

Since the current faith formation and religious education model is struggling to transform family life, and since many young people who go through faith formation are leaving the faith, we are proposing a new model (which is actually an ancient model) where the parish focuses on catechizing the parents in order to strengthen parent/child engagement in the Faith. This increases the likelihood that a child will receive an authentic education in the Faith and develop into a knowledgeable and practicing Catholic. Countless studies have shown that parental engagement with the child is the single most effective way to develop young people into disciples of Christ.

Shouldn’t the religious education of children be left to the parish?

Since the current faith formation and religious education model is struggling to transform family life, and since many young people who go through faith formation are leaving the faith, we are proposing a new model (which is actually an ancient model) where the parish focuses on catechizing the parents in order to strengthen parent/child engagement in the Faith. This increases the likelihood that a child will receive an authentic education in the Faith and develop into a knowledgeable and practicing Catholic. Countless studies have shown that parental engagement with the child is the single most effective way to develop young people into disciples of Christ.

Shouldn’t the religious education of children be left to the parish?

Since the current faith formation and religious education model is struggling to transform family life, and since many young people who go through faith formation are leaving the faith, we are proposing a new model (which is actually an ancient model) where the parish focuses on catechizing the parents in order to strengthen parent/child engagement in the Faith. This increases the likelihood that a child will receive an authentic education in the Faith and develop into a knowledgeable and practicing Catholic. Countless studies have shown that parental engagement with the child is the single most effective way to develop young people into disciples of Christ.

Shouldn’t the religious education of children be left to the parish?

Since the current faith formation and religious education model is struggling to transform family life, and since many young people who go through faith formation are leaving the faith, we are proposing a new model (which is actually an ancient model) where the parish focuses on catechizing the parents in order to strengthen parent/child engagement in the Faith. This increases the likelihood that a child will receive an authentic education in the Faith and develop into a knowledgeable and practicing Catholic. Countless studies have shown that parental engagement with the child is the single most effective way to develop young people into disciples of Christ.

Shouldn’t the religious education of children be left to the parish?

Since the current faith formation and religious education model is struggling to transform family life, and since many young people who go through faith formation are leaving the faith, we are proposing a new model (which is actually an ancient model) where the parish focuses on catechizing the parents in order to strengthen parent/child engagement in the Faith. This increases the likelihood that a child will receive an authentic education in the Faith and develop into a knowledgeable and practicing Catholic. Countless studies have shown that parental engagement with the child is the single most effective way to develop young people into disciples of Christ.

Shouldn’t the religious education of children be left to the parish?

Since the current faith formation and religious education model is struggling to transform family life, and since many young people who go through faith formation are leaving the faith, we are proposing a new model (which is actually an ancient model) where the parish focuses on catechizing the parents in order to strengthen parent/child engagement in the Faith. This increases the likelihood that a child will receive an authentic education in the Faith and develop into a knowledgeable and practicing Catholic. Countless studies have shown that parental engagement with the child is the single most effective way to develop young people into disciples of Christ.

Let鈥檚 make it work in your Parish

Question? Email us or call (880) 888-9344

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