Category Archives: Faith Formation

Faith Formation Leadership

The Sacred Heart Faith Formation team is pleased to announce that our long-time, beloved Associate Director of Faith Formation, Maria Giral, will take over the leadership of the Sunday Morning Faith Formation and Wednesday Family Faith Formation programs as well as the Sacramental Preparation for Reconciliation and First Holy Communion.

Maria has contributed her immense talents, joy, and faith to the programs at Sacred Heart over the last three years, and has over 16 years of parochial faith formation program experience, both as a catechist and as an administrator.

Please offer Maria best wishes in this new endeavor.

The Buzz: Family Faith Formation

famfaithThe Way Its Always Been? Parishes hired children’s faith formation directors and educators who trained catechists in order to ensure that the parish could provide first-rate faith formation to their children. While this shift told families that churches care about children by having amazing programs, it also told parents that they don’t have to worry about instilling faith in their kids. The implied message is: “Send your kids to us to be formed in faith.”

But the problem is that one effect of this shift has been the erosion of the family as the place where faith formation has happened for centuries and centuries. The family should be the primary place where children learn to follow Jesus. This is consistent with what we proclaim in the Baptismal Liturgy: the parents are the child’s first and ultimately most important teacher, especially when it comes to faith formation.  Continue reading The Buzz: Family Faith Formation