The church has long taught that parents are the first catechists of their children. The home is referred to as the domestic church because it is where each of us encounters God on a daily basis through our relationships, prayers, and activities. Bishop Amat recognizes our important partnership with the parents and guardians of our students, especially in the area of faith formation. In 2016, we established the Family Ministry to provide opportunities and resources for families, so that they may connect the faith formation experienced at school to their home life.
Opportunities and Resources:
Family Ministry Web page with Activities and Resources
Family Faith Ministry Assignment through Theology Classes
Evenings of Reflection for Families
Parent Faith Formation Presentations and Resources at General Parent Meetings.
Parent Online Classes
Please contact Ms. Nicole Pfiester at email@example.com with questions or suggestions.
As members of the Communion of Saints we are called to remember that we are always part of a larger community. Jesus calls us to strengthen and build up our communities and to grow in unity. We are reminded that being created in the image of God, we are relational in nature, just as the Trinity is a relationship of perfect love. We are called by Christ to love all, not just those closest to us.
Ask someone in your family to do this activity also, so that you can reflect on it together. You can take several days to do it, or do it in one day.
ACTIVITY (You don’t have to write anything down or turn anything in for this part)
Step 1: Think of a struggle you have been going through. It doesn’t have to be anything major. Spend some time in silent prayer and ask God to help you find peace, even as you deal with this difficulty. Repeat this Scripture to yourself several times: “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.” (MT 11:28) (The Chapel on campus or your church is a great place to do the silent prayer part of the activity.) Do something kind for yourself.
Step 2: Think of someone you love. Think about a struggle that your loved one is going through? Spend some time in silent prayer and ask God to help your loved one find peace. Ask the Holy Spirit to inspire you to find a way in which you can help your loved one. Repeat this Scripture to yourself several times: “I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another.” (JN 13:34) Do something kind for your loved one.
Step 3: Think of someone you see often, but that you don’t know very well. What might be a difficulty dealt with by this person? Spend some time in silent prayer and ask God to give this person peace. Repeat this Scripture to yourself several times: “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your being, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” (LK 10:27) Do something kind for this person.
Step 4: Think of someone who you dislike or find frustrating. What is a struggle that this person might be going through? Perhaps it could be a struggle that is similar to your own struggle. This person’s loved ones likely worry about and pray for him or her, just as you care about your loved ones. Spend some time in silent prayer and ask God to give this person peace. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you to see the good in this person. Repeat this Scripture to yourself several times: “I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your heavenly Father…”(MT 5:44-45a) Do something kind for this person, or think a kind thought about the person.
Step 5: Finally think of a difficulty in the world. Spend some time in silent prayer asking God for peace in the world. Slowly pray an “Our Father.”
Reflection Questions (Turn this part in, according to the directions of your Theology teacher.)
Questions for Family Member AND Student:
- How did you feel after doing the activity?
- Which step stood out to you the most? Why?
- Which Scripture passage in the activity is your favorite? Why?
- What is one of the kind acts that you did?
- (Student only) Explain something that you recently learned in your Theology class to your family member. Write about what you explained here.