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 Formation Assignment through Theology Classes

Evenings of Reflection for Families

Parent Faith Formation Presentations and Resources at General Parent Meetings.

 

 

Please contact Ms. Nicole Pfiester at npfiester@bishopamat.org with questions or suggestions.

Please follow the directions of your Theology regarding due dates and format.
 
Family Ministry Assignment Semester 2: #2 (Select Option A OR B)
Option A:
As family decide on a Lenten Activity to do. The activity can be for just one day or it can be for several days. It can be giving something up as a family ( a certain food, screen time and so on) or doing something as a family (attending Stations of the Cross, doing service for someone in your neighborhood and so on).
 
After the activity please answer the following questions:
 
Student: What activity did you do?
Student: How did you feel about the activity?
Parent/Guardian: How did you feel about the activity?
Student: How do you think this activity helped you to live out the Lenten Season?
Parent/Guardian: How do you think this activity helped you to live out the Lenten Season?
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: JN 4:5-42
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.
 
Family Ministry Assignment Semester 2: #1 (Select Option A OR B)
Option A:
“I would like to devote this year’s Message to the theme of storytelling, because I believe that, so as not to lose our bearings, we need to make our own the truth contained in good stories. Stories that build up, not tear down; stories that help us rediscover our roots and the strength needed to move forward together. Amid the cacophony of voices and messages that surround us, we need a human story that can speak of ourselves and of the beauty all around us. A narrative that can regard our world and its happenings with a tender gaze. A narrative that can tell us that we are part of a living and interconnected tapestry. A narrative that can reveal the interweaving of the threads which connect us to one another.”
+Pope Francis’ Message for World Day of Social Communication 2020
 
Parent/Guardian and Students: What are your thoughts about this quote?
Student Answer:
Parent/Guardian Answer:
 
*Students take your parent/guardian out for coffee/ice cream/lunch.
*Parents/Guardians please share a story that you have never told your child (it can be serious or humorous and can be from anytime in your life).
 
Student Reflection Question: What did you learn about your parent/guardian from the story?
 
*Students please share a story that you haven’t ever told your parents (it can be serious or humorous and can be from anytime in your life).
 
Parent Reflection Question: What did you learn about your child from the story?

(Students only) Tell your parents about something that you learned in your Theology class during the last week.
 
 
OR
 
Option B:
 
*As a family, read: MT 5:17-37

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 was Jesus’ message in the reading?
How can people live out this message in their lives?
 

(Students only) Tell your parents about something that you learned in your Theology class during the last week.
 
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 month students will have a two part assignment in their religion classes.  
 
First, they will have the opportunity to discuss a topic that they have learned about in theology class with an adult member of their family.  
 
Secondly, each month we will provide a particular topic with a reflection activity that each student will complete with a parent/guardian.
 
In addition to these assignments we will also provide parents with faith formation resources and experiences when parents gather at the school for meetings.
 
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