Family Faith Formation: A Vision for Parish Ministry

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Burns, Teresa
Master of Arts in Pastoral Theology
Catholic parents in the twenty-first century seem to have a lack of confidence in their knowledge of the Catholic faith. As a result, many Catholic parents are not comfortable in talking about matters of faith with other adults or with their own children. This is alarming because the Church’s primary mission is evangelization — sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ with the world. If adults are uncomfortable in talking about their faith, it is difficult for them to participate in the evangelistic mission of the Church. It is also a matter of concern that parents are not comfortable with taking a primary and active role in developing the faith of their children. The Church recognizes parents as the primary educators of their children in faith. Thus, parents should be comfortable in actively discussing and living their faith in their homes.