St. Joseph Parish/Old Mission San Jose
FAMILY OF FAITH MINISTRY
Encountering CHRIST as A Family
WELCOME to St. Joseph Family of Faith Ministry. Families are a central focus of the St. Joseph Family of Faith Ministry. Our program is designed to be a learning experience for both children and their parents. We recognize the calling and responsibility of parents as the primary educators and role models for their children. The Family of Faith Ministry is here to assist parents in passing on our faith to their children.
The goal of Family of Faith Ministry is to help families deepen their love for Jesus Christ through encountering Him as a family in breaking bread with the whole parish, in learning Catholic faith together in the spirit of fellowship, sharing the faith at home and in helping families to living out our mission and service.
The Family of Faith Ministry brings the entire family together to worship, share, pray, learn, and become evangelizers of our faith – fostering a life-long journey of discipleship for family. We believe that the stronger the parent/child engagement in the Faith, the more effectively children will mature into authentic and life-long disciples of Jesus Christ.
St. Joseph Family of Faith Ministry is a family-based weekly program of faith formation and sacrament preparation taught by parents to their children at home with monthly support classes at the Church for parents and children/youth in their respective classes. We believe that faith begins in the home and that parents are the primary source of faith education for their children. To that end, St. Joseph Parish is here to offer resources and guidance for sacramental preparation. Parents are to commit to dedicate time at home to grow in Faith with their children and prepare them to receive the Sacraments.
Unique with its flexible schedule, this program is designed for parents who wish to teach their children the Faith more intentionally and help them live it well before, during, and after their initial reception of Sacraments. We believe that the stronger the parent/child engagement in the Faith, the more effectively children will mature into authentic and life-long disciples of Jesus Christ.
St. Joseph Family of Faith Ministry Participation
Here are the steps to complete each month (September – May):
Our New Method: Family Catechesis
We’re getting ready for an exciting year with a new way for families to learn our Catholic faith. Our primary resource is the ground-breaking Family of Faith program from Sophia Institute Press. As this is our first year using the program, we are beginning with “Family of Faith Volume I: The Profession of Faith” (purple). This is a 4 year series that follows the four pillars of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Once a family has gone through all four years, the cycle simply begins again (with the same resources) because now the children are four years older!
Each year families are instructed once a month for 8 months to learn the year’s topic. Parents have sessions with a priest at the parish one Sunday each month to prepare them to teach their children at home. Children have sessions with their catechists in their classroom one Sunday each month at the same time as the parent session.
Suggestions for living the faith at home, such as…
CHILDREN’S ACTIVITY BOOK:
The Children’s Activity Book is designed to help children come to know the Catholic Faith through fun games and activities. The Parent’s Guide offers talking points for how to use each activity in the children’s book as a teachable moment, leading the child to a deeper relationship with Christ.
Activities in the Children’s Activity Book include…
Click here to watch this short video which describes this simple new program:
Click here to view a preview of the Parent’s Guide Book in English.