Reaching Out to Parents
As a catechist, you see the parents as they bring their learners for Faith Formation. As important as it is to be focused on our learners, the ability to support the family also has a very important place in Faith Formation. Children who are supported by their parents in faith will be more capable in understanding what it means to be a disciple of Jesus. If they experience faith at home, they will see the faith lived out. As their child's catechist you have an opportunity to develop a relationship with the parents by welcoming their interest in their children. This post by Jared Dees from his book, To Heal, Proclaim, and Teach offers some ideas on ways to approach this relationship.
Assisting Families When Confronted by Difficult Situations
Lenten Prayer Garden
Lent is a wonderful time to draw families closer to one another through an experience of prayer. This activity is a simple way to create a hands-on time for prayer for families of all ages. Use it at mealtime, bedtime, or after school. Be inspired by the simple explanation here, but make it your own.
The holidays can bring such energy and focus for our learners and for us as catechists. Now it's time to make the shift back to Ordinary Time and re-engage for the New Year. As our Fall sessions are behind us, we all get a fresh start. It is a good time to get re-acquainted and share faith in a deeper way as our sessions resume. The following post from Catechist's Journey has some good suggestions to assist you in helping those relationships grow.
Four Ways to Meet Them Where They Are
Marianne Cope's Feast Day is January 23rd--A great time to visit the museum in her name
She was canonized Oct. 21, 2012. She is the first Franciscan woman from North America to be canonized, and only the 11th American saint. A woman of great valor, this beloved mother of outcasts, spent her early years in central New York where she served as a leader in the field of health care, education and of her own congregation. Responding to a call to care for the poor sick on the then Sandwich Islands, she devoted 35 years to caring for those afflicted with Hansen’s disease on Kalaupapa, Molokai, Hawaii.
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