Family Ministry

Family Ministry

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 npfiester@bishopamat.org with questions or suggestions.

Family Ministry Second Semester Assignment #2


As we enter into the Season of Easter, it is a good time for us to think about joy.  When we reflect, we can see moments of joy in our own life, and think about those people who brought these experiences of joy to us..  As Christians, it is also important for us to bring the joy of the Risen Christ to others.


Activity:  You may do this activity on your own, or invite your family to participate in the activity.  For five days commit to bringing joy to someone at least twice a day.  Look for opportunities in your daily life.  You can focus on one person or different people.  The person could be a family member, friend, classmate, teacher or even a stranger.  After finishing the activity, answer the reflection questions and interview a family member.  Follow the directions of your theology teacher regarding the format and due date of the assignment.


Student Reflection Questions:

  1. How would you define joy?
  2. List out the acts of joy that you did for others each day.
  3. What was your favorite act? Why?
  4. How did people respond to you when you did something to bring them joy?
  5. We use the phrase “the joy of the Risen Christ” what do think that means?

Interview Question for Your Family Member (explain the activity to your family member):

  1. How would you define joy?
  2. Please give an example of joy in your life.
  3. Describe the most joyful person that you know?
  4. Psalm 118 tells us “This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad.”  What does that mean to you?
  5. What are your thoughts about this activity?

Family Ministry Assignment Semester 2: #1

The Season of Lent is a time for us to focus on bettering ourselves and seeking reconciliation.  One of the things Christ taught us is that we should be at peace with one another, and that this is connected to our relationship with God.  For this assignment you may interview anyone in your family.  You can invite them to do the activity too, or you can do it on your own.


Activity: You don’t need to turn in the activity itself. You will turn in the interview and reflection questions only. You are going to follow ten steps in order to write an apology to someone.  You don’t have to give it to the person, that is completely up to you.  But writing the apology can help us to focus on how to better restore our relationships, when we have done harm to another person.  Your apology can be about something small or large.  The offense can be something in the past or recent.  The format of this apology is often recommended by psychologists as the structure of a good apology.  If you are going to give it to someone you might want to write it in the form of a letter.  If this is just for you, you can do it in list form.


Step 1: Statement of Apology “I am sorry…”

Step 2: Name the offense

Step 3: Take responsibility for the offense

Step 4: Explain why you did what you did, without making excuses

Step 5: Talk about how you felt about what you did

Step 6: Talk about how the person you offended might have felt/the consequences of your

            actions.

Step 7: Admit your fault/your weakness that lead to the behavior

Step 8: Tell the person your plan to avoid the offense in the future

Step 9: Tell the person what you would like to do to make up for your mistake, or ask the person 

             how you can make up for your mistake.

Step 10: Ask the person to accept your apology.


DO NOT TURN IN THE APOLOGY


After you have finished the activity complete the interview and reflection questions and turn those in following the instructions of your Theology Teacher.

 
TURN IN THE FOLLOWING

Interview Questions for the Family Member

Family Member's Name: 
  1. Why do you think that Jesus taught it is important to make peace with one another before worshipping God? “Therefore, if you bring your gift to the altar, and there recall that your brother has anything against you. leave your gift there at the altar, go first and be reconciled with your brother, and then come and offer your gift.” Mt 5:23-24
  2. Why do you think that apologies are sometimes difficult to make/accept?
  3. (Student: tell your family member about the instructions for the activity) Why might doing an apology in this manner be helpful?
  4. Which step do you think would be the most significant step? Why?

Reflection Questions for the Student:

  1. What did you think of this activity? How did you feel about doing it?
  2. Which step was the most important to you?  Why?
  3. How is this process of apologizing like the Sacrament of Confession?
  4. Do you think that you will give the apology to the person?



Family Ministry Assignment Semester 1: #2

(Select Option A OR B)

 

Option A: Gratitude Pumpkin

 

Supplies:

Pumpkin (real or plastic)

Marker



Directions:

Each day for a week, the family discusses three things which each person is thankful for that day. It can be significant or an everyday item, a person, an activity, a place, and so on.  After the discussion, the items are written on the pumpkin. The family then prays together the Our Father or a prayer of their choice. Here is an example of a Gratitude Pumpkin:

 

How to Celebrate Thanksgiving with a Gratitude Pumpkin


After the activity please answer the following questions:


1. Student: What were some of the things listed on your pumpkin?

2. Student: What is an everyday thing for which you are thankful?

3. Student: How did you feel about the activity?

4. Parent/Guardian: How did you feel about the activity?

5. Parent/Guardian: How do you think that we can cultivate gratitude, even in difficult times?

6. Student: Please tell your parents/guardians about something that you learned in your theology class this last week. What did you tell them about?


OR


Option B:

As a family, read: MT 25:14-30

1. Students write a summary of the reading:

Students and Parents/Guardians please answer the following questions:

2. What stood out to you in this reading?

3. What do you think is Jesus’ message in the reading?

4. How can people live out this message in their lives?

5. (Students only) Please tell your parents/guardians about something that you learned in your Theology class during the last week. What did you tell them about?


           Please follow the directions of your Theology regarding due dates and format.

Family Ministry Assignment Semester 1: #1
(Select Option A OR B)
 
Option A: Appreciation Activity
 
Supplies:
Slips of paper (number will vary per household)
Pens
Container for the slips of paper

Directions
On slips of paper, each family member should write one thing that they have appreciated about another family member over the last several months. Each family member should do at least one slip of paper for every person in the family. Fold the slips and put them in a container. Each day for a week draw out one or two slips and read them as a family. Optional: You may want to write appreciation slips for family members outside your household and call them to read their slips when they are drawn.
 
After the activity please answer the following questions:

Student: What is something that someone wrote about you that surprised you?
Student: How did you feel about the activity?
Parent/Guardian: How did you feel about the activity?
Family: What are some other ways you can show appreciation to members of your family?
Student: Please tell your parents/guardians about something that you learned in your theology class this last week. What did you tell them about?

OR

Option B:
As a family, read: PHIL 2:1-11
Students write a summary of the reading:
Students and Parents/Guardians please answer the following questions:

What stood out to you in this reading?
What do you think is Jesus’ message in the reading?
How can people live out this message in their lives?
(Students only) Please tell your parents/guardians about something that you learned in your Theology class during the last week. What did you tell them about?

           Please follow the directions of your Theology regarding due dates and format.
 
NEW Online Resources for Parents!
 
https://ltparentlife.com/
 
Welcome to the Family Ministry Page!
 
Our goal is to provide resources for families, so that our students may connect their faith formation experiences at school with their home life.
 
Each grading period, students will have a Family Ministry Assignment in their Theology Classes.  
 
In addition to these assignments we will also provide parents with faith formation resources, online classes and family faith events at the school.
 
If you have any suggestions or requests please email:
Ms. Nicole Pfiester
Family Ministry Coordinator 
Theology Department Chair
 
Ms. Nicole Pfiester
Family Ministry Coordinator
 
Theology Department Chair
 
npfiester@bishopamat.org