Family Faith Formation
LENT is here - Start the journey to Easter!
Children's Liturgy of the Word is back:
- Parents must escort children to the hall & Sign them in.
- All children must wear masks & maintain physical distance.
- Parents should not send children who will not wear masks and maintain distance.
Qtr1 2021 Dates for Children's Liturgy (CLOW):
- January 10th and 24th
- February 7th, 21st and 28th
- March 7th, 14th and 21st
- No CLOW Palm Sunday or Easter Sunday.
We've shifted from an older CCD model to something more personal.
- It's less class, and more Mass.
- It's less textbook, and more Bible.
- It's not a program, it's a process.
- It's not an assembly line, it's family & community.
- It's not a series of promotional events, it's a lifestyle.
Family Faith Formation is a way to help support and encourage parents to be the best examples of Christian Life to the children they hope to raise as good Christian kids. Keeping our faith strong is a shield against real evil influences in our lives.
We live in an age where glowing electronic devices instantly link us to a world that is telling us what to think, how to feel, and how to identify. We are often overwhelmed with input, information, and choices. And in that noise are voices trying to tell your children what to believe, and how to behave.
If you aren't talking to them about belonging to God's family, and being infinitely valuable, beautiful & irreplaceable people, who actually have the ability to bring positive change to their lives and help others too- then what are they hearing instead? What are they hearing most often?
We want to help empower ourselves as parents, to have meaningful conversations about faith, God, sin & forgiveness, morals, sacraments, life, and to be comfortable saying "let's find out together" when kids ask something we can't easily answer. Let's work together.
We often talk about a "personal relationship with Christ" - and relationships need attention, time & communication. What does a relationship look like in real life? Christianity has to be lived and experienced to be relate-able. We should aim and point the way to Jesus, then do our best to conduct ourselves in a manner consistent with our professed beliefs- lifestyle, Bible, mass, prayer. If we want our children to know Christ, they need to see Him in us!
Let us help show you simple ways to share the faith in your home and in the parish community. We want to show you how easy it can be to talk to your children about being a follower of Jesus Christ.
If you have not received your Family Faith Formation / Sacramental Prep packages, please check in with us in the gathering space of the church. Family Faith Formation is for ALL of our families & children, regardless of where they attend school.
Catholic Family Life Resources -->
We're open & celebrating Mass, following all health & safety guidelines. We'd love to see you there!
Also, we'll continue to provide curated resources right here, to help you keep God at the center of your home.
SJA Church - Weekly Sunday Mass on Youtube:
Clips for CLOW - Video Series
- Children's Liturgy Of the Word
- email / text links sent weekly via Flocknote
- Text SJAParish to 84576 to signup via text message
- Click me to sign up for Flocknotes online
FORMED: (Video Streaming Library)
Family Formation Weekly Printables:
Children's Gospel Weekly Activity Sheets will be available for Children in Sacramental Prep.
Older weekly printables can be found in the FFF Printables Archive
(try opening PDFs in Acrobat if your browser doesn't load all pages)
NEWLY CURATED VIDEO CONTENT IS ON THE SIDEBAR
Love God- put God first.
Love People- with kindness & hospitality.
Live Accordingly- turn good habits, like prayer & service into a lifestyle that reflects God's Love.
Some thoughts about Family Faith Formation:
What is CATHOLIC - in a world full of so much confusion...
Special Message for Faith Formation Adults & Teens:
Leaving the following videos here a little while longer... :)
Here's an insightful video about God's Grace:
And here's a beautiful video from USCCB & Catholic Relief Services, about being good stewards of God's Creation:
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