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 2nd Semester 2021-2022 Assignment #2

Follow the directions of your Theology teacher regarding format and due date.

 

The philosophy of Bishop Amat High School can be summarized through the words: Goodness, Discipline, and Knowledge. 


Psalm 23 tells us: “surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”  In 2 Timothy we hear: “for the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.” Proverbs teaches: “the heart of the intelligent acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.”

 

For our second assignment we invite you to reflect on how you live out the qualities of Goodness, Discipline and Knowledge.


Self Reflection:

Students answer the following questions:

  1. How do you see goodness in yourself?
  2. How do you see discipline in yourself?
  3. How do you feel you have grown in knowledge in your time at Amat?

Teacher Reflection:

Students ask three different teachers/staff members to answer one of the three questions. Give the teachers’/staff members' names and their answers.

Teacher/Staff #1:

  1. How do you see the quality of goodness in your students?

Teacher/Staff #2

  1. What advice would you give your students about discipline?

Teacher/Staff #3:

  1. How would you define knowledge?

Family Reflection:

Ask an adult family member the following questions about yourself and give the answers. Ask the final question of a parent or guardian.

Family Member’s Name:                         Relationship:

  1. How have I grown in goodness during my time at Amat?
  2. How have I grown in discipline during my time at Amat?
  3. How have I grown in knowledge during my time at Amat?

Parent/Guardian:

  1. Why did you send me to Bishop Amat?

Family Ministry 2nd Semester 2021-2022 Assignment #1

Follow the directions of your Theology teacher regarding format and due date.


At the heart of being a Christian is service towards others.  We often think of charity as doing a service project or being part of an organization, but opportunities to serve God and others come into our lives daily.  The following activity is designed to help us to share the Christian virtue of love.


  1. Ask at least one member of your family to help you with the following activity.  2) Get Bingo, at least one way, by doing the activity in the box. (Both you and your family member should do the activity) Feel free to be creative and adapt the activity. 3) In the box describe what you did to obtain the square.  

Example :

Bring joy to an older member of your family.

My mom and I baked cookies and brought them to my great aunt.


4) Answer the reflection questions after doing the activity. 


Family Charity Bingo:


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Talk with someone who seems lonely.





Make a sacrifice for someone.

Bring joy to an older member of your family.

Spend at least 15 minutes in prayer, praying for others.

Do an act of kindness for a stranger.

Go to Mass and pray for someone’s intentions.*





Do something kind for a member of your family.

Spend 15 minutes praying for someone with whom you are angry.

Send a supportive email to an Amat teacher.

Spend some time with a younger member of your family.

Give someone a small gift for no reason.






Do an act of kindness for a member of the Amat Staff.

FREE SPACE

John 3:16

Spend some one on one time with a member of your family.

Donate materials or time to someone in need.

Do something for yourself that makes you an even better person.




Spend at least 15 minutes in prayer giving thanks to God for the blessings in your lives.

Spend the day noticing people. Encourage and help those in need.  

Learn something new about someone in your family.

Learn a new prayer and share it with someone.

Leave inspiring Scripture quotes for at least three different people to find.

Show gratitude to someone, especially those who  are often overlooked.  

Help a neighbor.

Invite someone to go to Mass with you.*

Give at least five compliments today.





*[Mass is held in the Amat Chapel TU/W/TH]



Reflection Questions:

  1. (Student and Family Member) What was your favorite activity? Why?
  2. (Student and Family Member) Why do you think service is so important to the Christian faith?
  3. (Student and Family Member) What is an activity you would add to the Bingo Card?
  4. (Student) Tell your family member about something that you have recently learned in Theology Class and write it here.
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