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 teacher regarding due dates and formatting for this assignment.
 
Family Ministry Assignment #3: Complete A OR B
A. Download the app called “Christmas Tree of Kindness.” It is an app that is used to encourage kind acts during Advent. For each kind act you get an ornament for your digital tree. Decide on a period of time to use the app as a family. After your experience please answer the following questions:
 
(Students): Name five acts of kindness done by your family. Give details such as who received your acts of kindness, how did they react and so on.
(Parents/Guardians): Why do you think kindness is important for Christians?
 
(Students and Parents/Guardians): What is one of the kindest things that someone has done for you?
 
Student Response:
 
Parents/Guardians Response:
 
(Students): Tell your parents about something that you learned in your Theology class during the last week. Write down what you told them about.
 
OR
 
B. As a family, read MT 3:1-12
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. Write down what you told them about.
 
 
Please follow the directions of your theology teacher regarding due dates and formatting for this assignment.
 
Family Ministry Assignment #2 (select A or B)
A. As a family, select a day in which the entire family will do the following activity: keep track of everything that you are thankful for (big and small) during the day.  At the end of the day gather as a family and discuss what you were thankful for during the day.

 

Family members should then tell the other family members:  something they appreciate that their relative has given them, something they appreciate that their relative has done for them, and something about their relative’s personality that they appreciate.    Answer the following questions after the experience:

 

  1. (Students) What were the top five things that you were most thankful for during your day?  What things on your list do you usually not notice?

 

  1. (Parents/Guardians) What was something that stood out to you during your family’s discussion?  How do you think people can become more grateful?

 

  1. “It is truly right and just, our duty and salvation, always and everywhere to give you thanks, Father most holy, through your beloved Son, Jesus Christ, your Word through whom you made all things, whom you sent as our Savior and Redeemer, incarnate by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin. Fulfilling your will and gaining for you a holy people, he stretched out his hands as he endured his Passion, so as to break the bonds of death and manifest the resurrection.” - Preface to Eucharistic Prayer II

 

(Students and Parents/Guardians) What does this prayer of the Church tell you about gratitude?

 

Student Response:

 

Parents/Guardians Response:

 

  1. (Students) Tell your parents about something that you learned in your Theology class during the last week. Write down what you told them about.

 

OR

 

B. As a family, Read LK 19:1-10.

Students write a summary of the reading:

 

 

Students and Parents/Guardians please answer the following questions:

 

  1. What stood out to you in this reading?
  2. What do you think was Jesus’ message in the reading?
  3. How can people live out this message in their lives?
  4. (Students only) Tell your parents about something that you learned in your Theology class during the last week. Write down what you told them about.

 

Please follow the directions of your theology teacher regarding due dates and formatting for this assignment.
 
Family Ministry Assignment #1 (select A or B)

A. As a family refrain from using cell phones for a period of time (Ex: family meal, a Saturday, or family outing). Answer the following questions after the experience:
 
1. (Students) What was difficult about this experience? What was positive about this experience? Why do you think some people become obsessed with their cell phones?
 
2. (Parents/Guardians) How do you think this experience affected your family? What do you think are the positive things about cell phones? What are some of the negative things about cell phones?

3. Pope Francis recently told a group of young people:
 
“Phones are for connecting, life is for communicating! Free yourself from the addiction to mobile phones. Mobile phones are for communication and communication is beautiful and good, but the danger of becoming addicted to mobile phones is very tangible at present…when you become a slave to your mobile phone, you will lose your freedom.”

Why do you think that the Pope spoke about cell phone use?

4. (Students) Tell your parents about something that you learned in your Theology class recently. Write down what you told them about here.
 
OR

B. As a family, Read LK 16: 10-13.
Students write a summary of the reading.
Students and Parents/Guardians please answer the following questions:

1. What stood out to you in this reading?
2. What do you think was Jesus’ message in the reading?
3. How can people live out this message in their lives?
4. (Students only) Tell your parents about something that you learned in your Theology class recently. Write down what you told them about here.
 
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