Parish communities are encouraged to explore ways and provide opportunities to assist adults and young people to grow in their faith.
The Pastoral Ministries Office can assist parishes in providing resources for faith formation.
There are many ways in which families can grow into their faith and assist their children into learning to love Jesus Christ.
Parents are the first teachers of faith to their children. It is within the family where children are raised and formed as human beings. The parental role in this human formation is governed by love, a love which places itself "at the service of children to draw forth from them the best that is in them" and which "finds its fullest expression precisely in the task of educating." (Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Catholic Church, No. 239) The family is the "first school of faith."
Parents are assisted to raise their children in the Catholic faith by their local Catholic parish and school communities. Some of the most significant times of faith formation occur during the preparation of children for the Sacraments of Initiation.
These highpoints offer opportunities for living and celebrating the Catholic faith. They are moments which enable us to welcome families into our midst and to incorporate them into the life of the parish.
The Diocese of Sale has developed some prayer resources to assist families in praying at home, especially before meals. These Prayer Placemats are a simple and effective way to introduce children to praying before meals.
See the Prayer and Sacrament Resources for more information.