Family Formation


What is the most difficult part of this program?

The biggest challenge to families is to find a specific time to do Family Formation.  At the first meeting of the year, parents and children get together and agree on a time, put it in writing, and commit to setting this one hour aside each week.  For many, the traditional Wednesday CCD afternoon works.  Others choose Sundays and use their Family Formation time as part of the way they keep the Sabbath holy.

How can parents who aren’t adequately catechized teach their children the faith at home?

Parents do not have to be experts in the faith to use Family Formation.  Each lesson is written in user-friendly language. By simply spending a small amount of time in preparation each week, parents can become familiar with the topic in the upcoming lesson.  Additional references from Scripture and the Catechism of the Catholic Church are given for those interested in further study.  One of the richest blessings of Family Formation comes as families learn about the beauty and truth of the Catholic faith together.  Many parents have testified to the fact that, through Family Formation, they have come to learn and understand the Catholic faith for the first time.

How do you include younger and older children in the Home Lessons?

Each Home Lesson offers parents a great deal of flexibility and a variety of activities.  This allows parents, who are the best judges of their child’s needs, skills, and attention span, to tailor lessons to their family’s needs.  We encourage parents to challenge, but not overwhelm their children.  With younger children it is recommended you approach topics at the most basic level knowing that they will be covered again the next time through the three-year cycle.

I am a single parent/my spouse is not Catholic.  Will this work for me?

Absolutely!  All parents are given the graces necessary to lead their children to our Heavenly Father.  The additional effectiveness of family-based catechesis is a wonderful blessing to families in these more difficult situations.  The clear, simple explanations of the faith as presented in Family Formation lessons are a great way for a non-Catholic parent to learn about Catholicism and to have their questions answered.


What do we need to do to begin implementing Family Formation? PRAY!  PRAY!  PRAY!
As many people as possible are asked to pray for this vision to become rooted in the hearts of our families. 

Click here to download the Family Formation Presentation.

What is Family Formation?

Family Formation is a unique family religious education program that actively involves parents in the faith formation of their children.

Why Family Formation?

The purpose of this program is to help families grow in love and knowledge of the Catholic Faith and to assist parents in their role as the primary educators in the faith for their children.  It provides families with the tools to support the faith development of the children and the family as the “domestic church”.

How does Family Formation work?

Family Formation consists of two parts:  the first of four monthly lessons is taught at church and the other three are taken home to be completed as a family.

Parents and children attend a monthly instructional class on a specific theme in the liturgical cycle. 
While the children are instructed in age appropriate groups, parents receive formation in the theme and strategies on how to teach the follow-up lessons with their children.
Meetings take place from September through May and are mandatory. 
Absentees must arrange to make-up the lesson. Parents make the commitment that they will set aside one hour each week to do a “faith lesson” with their children. Lessons are done as a family with all ages working together. All the materials and necessary information are given to the parents to complete home lessons including follow-up reviews for the topic.Lessons follow the liturgical cycle and are driven by Scripture Faith within the family will grow and become deeper.  

What does Family Formation look like at St. Michael?

*  The program that will involve volunteer families with children from grades one through six.  

*  The formation will take place one Sunday of each month beginning with Mass and followed by the instructional meetings.

*  Parents will receive their formation and the home lesson instruction at the same time as the children.

*  The catechists for the students will be trained before the session to learn how to present the information to the children.  

What happens with First Reconciliation and First Communion?

 All the second graders will complete the Family Formation Sacramental Preparation program for both Reconciliation and Communion.  Two special required meetings will be held as instruction for each of the sacraments.  Children and parents will each receive a lesson.  Books for preparing for the sacraments will be provided for the parents to use at home to continue the instruction before the reception of the sacrament.


Contact Loren Procaccini,
203.869-5421, press 201.

Grades 1-6
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Grade 2
As of 3/12/20, First Communion is postponed until further notice.