FAITH Program Information
Faith Formation for Families
What is FAITH?
FAITH is an acronym for Faith Alive In The Home; it is Most Precious Blood’s family-based religious education program. FAITH is designed for all parish children and their parents to journey together as they deepen and explore their Catholic identity. It is our belief that the experience of faith happens most naturally and frequently within the family; this experience is aided and enhanced by the expression of faith in the larger community of MPB.
FAITH is designed for all families who are registered in the parish with children ages 3-grade 5. If you need to register in the parish, please click here. The FAITH program consists of two components: 5 catechetical gatherings and 2 Family Service Sundays. Each session begins with 9:00 AM Mass in the church followed by a light breakfast snack and a large group theological reflection in the school gym beginning at 10:00 AM. On catechetical weekends, families will then move to small group gatherings to break open the themes of the day with activities and crafts. On Family Service Sundays, families will move to a variety of service stations following the theological reflection. FAITH Sundays – whether catechetical or service – conclude around noon.
Each academic year a specific theme is chosen for our FAITH gatherings. We examine various aspects of our Catholic identity through the Scriptures, Catholic tradition, stories, song and crafts. Our hope is that the activities and themes of each session lay the groundwork for prayer and conversation that can continue at home during the month ahead.
2020-2021 FAITH Update
The FAITH program typically involves gatherings of 400 people, and for this year, we are unable to safely gather in such large numbers. In place of our traditional FAITH (Faith Alive In the Home) Program, we will be sending a monthly Faith Formation newsletter via Flocknote beginning October 1. Here’s a preview of what you’ll find each month and how you might use it.
1. Introduction/Theme – Each month we will choose a theme and will offer a reflection explained in a way that is accessible to both parents and children. You can read this together or read it first and share with your children in your own words. We may include some other elements – a video, a website, a podcast, or an activity – to help expand and frame the theme for your family.
2. Pray – Every month you’ll find a prayer connected to the theme. We invite you to pray this prayer in solidarity with other MPB families for the month. Even though we are physically apart, we hope that by praying together, we can remain connected spiritually!
3. Table Talk – To get your family chatting and thinking more deeply about the theme of the month, we will include a fun ice-breaker and age-appropriate discussion questions to help guide conversations around the table or any other time your family is gathered.
4. Catholic Calendar – Each month we’ll explain where we are in the Liturgical Year, what events or themes we may be celebrating as a Church, and some of the Saints we honor that month.
5. Read – Just as we share a story each month at FAITH, we’ll suggest a book that fits the theme. Sometimes, you can find a reading of the book on YouTube or maybe you’d prefer to reserve a copy for pick-up at your library. As you read, your family can identify connections to the theme.
6. Live it – Every month we’ll highlight a 1-2 suggested service activities that might help your family put your faith into action and live the theme through word and deed!
7. Connect – A great feature of Flocknote is our ability to virtually connect with one another in the comments sidebar. If your family has a great book to share, another service project idea, a story of how your family has engaged the theme, a question you’ve encountered or a prayer request, please add it to the comments!