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. Although individual families can easily use A Family of Faith independent of the parish, we designed this program to be used by parishes as an alternative to CCD classes.
Studies tell us that parental involvement in the faith-life of their child is by far the most important element in ensuring that a child develops into a practicing Christian. A Family of Faith provides both the parish catechist and the parent with an easy-to-use, turnkey solution to catechizing the whole family and helping parents lead their children to heaven.
"A 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."Scott Hahn
A Family of Faith is a proven program that will instill in entire families not only a knowledge of our Faith, but a great love for Jesus Christ and His Church, the family of God.Patrick Madrid
"I'm so happy that we're now treating our faith as a central part of our family life and not as something we just drop the kids off to do once a week."Family of Faith Parent
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's teachings. Families then cycle through the program again in order to deepen their knowledge and develop the habits needed for life-long spiritual growth.
Although the program is flexible and can be tailored to your parish, we recommend:
We have also developed a leader's guide so the parish catechist can make the most of each meeting with families. The leader's guide includes:
We created this project to meet the demand among parishes who recognize that families are disengaging from the Faith. Even many parents who send their children to CCD struggle to create an authentic Catholic family in their home.
Studies tell us that parental involvement in the faith life of their child is by far the most important element in ensuring that a child develops into a practicing Christian. A Family of Faith provides both the parish and the parent with an easy-to-use, turn-key solution to catechizing the whole family, restoring parents to their role as primary educator.
A Family of Faith is perfect for any family looking to catechize their children in an effective and structured way.Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle
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Children learn and retain the Faith best when their parents are models of Christian life. A Family of Faith provides parents with the knowledge, tools, and advice they need to fulfill this role — even if they weren’t catechized well themselves.Tim Staples, Father and Catholic apologist at Catholic Answers
A Family of Faith is a must for every parish: a solid and engaging alternative to CCD that spiritual forms parents and prepares them to be their children’s primary catechists.Sr. M. Johanna Paruch, FSGM, Ph.D., Franciscan University
These books are stuffed full of great material: beautiful Catholic art, a truly manageable reading plan, Sacred Scriptures, and stories from the lives of the saints.Mike Aquilina, Father and Catholic author and speaker
A Family of Faith provides families with the resources they need to understand the beauty of Catholic teaching as well as the tools to integrate it into every aspect of family life.Johnnette S. Benkovic, Mother, author, and EWTN host
My husband is not Catholic and he is learning a lot!Parent using A Family of Faith
My children are very eager to complete the activities in their books.Parent using A Family of Faith
We benefited from this project because it made learning for our children fun, so they are eager and engaged to learn about the Catholic Faith.Parent using A Family of Faith
This really got a lot of discussion about creation and prayer going with our kids. They have started using their Bibles more. We never did that with them.Parent using A Family of Faith
I'm so happy that we're now treating our faith as a central part of our family life and not as something we just drop the kids off to do once a week.Parent using A Family of Faith
I love that this program is not just about our kids doing worksheets. It's about making our life together authentically Catholic.Parent using A Family of Faith
Families learn this year about events that took place thousands of years ago. But the story of salvation history is not just in the past: it continues to take place in our lives in a deeply personal way. In the beginning, God created the universe out of nothing, and God continues to create throughout all ages each and every time a human person is conceived. And just as God spoke to our fathers in faith and showed them His plan of salvation, God still speaks to us and calls us to become part of the story of His saving love. These are not distant events to be memorized, but rather life-giving truths to be lived each day. God has called us each by name—this is the story of salvation history. This is our story!
In every way, the Sacraments are about God’s love, fully revealed in Jesus Christ. The seven Sacraments—the foundation of Christian living—is the focus of Volume II of Family of Faith. Families will learn about each of the Sacraments: Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Penance and Reconciliation, Anointing of the Sick, Holy Orders, and Matrimony. The Sacraments are important parts of each stage of life, in which we receive God’s free gift of grace. Through the grace given to us in the Sacraments, Jesus brings us into communion with Himself, the Father, and the Holy Spirit, and with one another in the Church.
Las familias aprenden este año sobre los eventos que tuvieron lugar hace miles de años. Pero el relato sobre la historia de la salvación no está solo en el pasado: continúa teniendo lugar en nuestras vidas de una manera profundamente personal. Al principio, Dios creó el universo de la nada, y Dios continúa creando a través de todas las edades cada vez que una persona humana es concebida. Y así como Dios habló a nuestros padres en fe y les mostró su plan de salvación, Dios todavía nos habla y nos llama a ser parte de la historia de su amor salvador. Estos no son eventos lejanos para ser memorizados, sino más bien verdades vivificantes para ser vividas cada día. Dios nos ha llamado a cada uno por su nombre: este es el relato de la historia de la salvación. ¡Esta es nuestra historia!