Pascal Parish Religious Education
Family-Centered Catechesis Program
Envisioned in 2006, developed in
2007, and debuted in 2008, the Family
Centered-Catechesis Program provides opportunities for
families to grow in their knowledge of and love for God,
their Catholic faith, and each other.
Rooted in the belief that parents
are the first and most important educators of their children
in the faith,
the Family-Centered Catechesis Program strives to
support parents in their role of passing on the Catholic
faith to their children. The Church so values the
family that she calls the family "the domestic Church,"
meaning that some of the first experiences children have
with respect to God and His love for us come through their
contacts with their parents, siblings, and extended families
Using this as our starting point,
the Family-Centered Catechesis Program is just that -
family-centered. This means that all members of the
family (children and parents) gather for a monthly,
family formation session centered around a monthly theme
related to a general focus for the year. Following the
session, families then have the remainder of the month to
continue to explore more deeply the theme through enriching
family lesson incorporating prayer, Scripture, discussion,
and activities. Along with these pieces comes an
absolutely essential element of the curriculum: weekly
attendance at Mass with the parish community. As the
old axiom goes, "The family that prays together stays
together." Through prayer at the family level,
parents and children grow closer to each other and through
our worship at weekend Masses, our larger parish family
grows closer to each other.
For more information about the
Family-Centered Catechesis program, please follow the links below.
Thank you for your interest in our
program. I hope to work with you and your family
through our program.
Saint Pascal, pray for us!
Christopher E. Perez
Director of Religious Education