Sunday Morning Family Formation

February 14 Bulletin article from Father Erickson

From the earliest years of the Church, gathering together with fellow believers on the Lord’s Day has been an essential feature of the Christian way of life. As we read in Acts 2:42, “They devoted themselves to the teaching of the apostles and to the communal life, to the breaking of the bread and to the prayers.” That third activity listed is about much more than sharing an ordinary meal. It is about breaking the Bread of Heaven, and offering to God Eucharistic thanks for His boundless blessings.

In terms of our own parish, there is no program, initiative or project more important than gathering together for Holy Mass on Sunday. Everything, and I mean EVERYTHING, is secondary to this primary reason for our being. We exist as a parish to celebrate the sacraments, and most especially the sacrament of sacraments that is the Sunday Eucharist. Absent the Mass and the sacramental life of the Church, Transfiguration becomes little more than a community center on 15th Street North with a private school attached. But with the Sunday Eucharist as the ground upon which we build our lives, we become the family of God, sons and daughters of the Father of all. THIS is our identity as a parish, and it is found and formed at the altar, Sunday after Sunday.

In order to emphasize the absolute irreplaceability of Sunday Mass for our parish and our spiritual health both as individuals and as a community, I have decided to move our Family Faith Formation program to Sundays and away from the traditional Wednesdays.

We will continue to rely upon parents to be the chief catechists of their children, but our monthly parish formation sessions will now be held between Sunday morning Masses. In addition, we are rearranging our confirmation program to root it more deliberately and intentionally in the Sunday Mass. The information provided has some practical details from Mr. Justin Kortuem about what this will mean this coming Fall, when the new structure of our Faith Formation program will be implemented.

I recognize that family life is busy, and Sundays are privileged times for families to be together. Moving away from Wednesdays and towards Sunday mornings for Family Faith Formation will require sacrifices on the part of many. But I am convinced that these efforts will be well worth it. Helping parents to form their own children in love of God and neighbor is an essential part of what we are called to do as a parish, and the most effective place for our parents’ own formation is Sunday Mass.

In addition, we need to continue to provide families a chance to connect with other Catholic families, and gathering together for Sunday Mass, a talk and a common meal once a month is yet one more way to continue to try to build authentic Christian community.

May God, the Father of all, continue to bless and guide our parish, and may we all be Transfigured into the image of the One who gives Himself to us, Sunday after Sunday, in the breaking of the bread.

In Christ, the Transfigured and Transfiguring One,

Fr. Erickson

Family Formation Moving to Sunday

How often are these classes held?

Once a month:   September 15  
October 6
November 3
January 5
February 2  
March 1
May 3

We will also have an Advent and Lent mission that will be held during those seasons.

What time will these classes be held?

9:30-10:30 a.m. between the 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Masses. Families are welcome to come to either of those Masses and then join us for the presentation and food between 9:30-10:30 a.m.

What will the kids be doing during these times?

This time for your kids will be filled with games, songs, crafts, and food. We avoid what might look like “classroom” time during this hour because we want to secure in their memory that home is the main place that we learn about our faith.

What if I don’t know enough to teach my kids everything about the Faith?

First, you don’t need to know everything - none of us knows everything. Our parish and especially my position, along with the Family Formation Coordinator, see our positions as those who will be a resource for you as parents to empower you and give you the tools to be the parents the Lord has given you the grace to be and that you promised to be at the Baptism of your children. Our job is simply to work together to help your kids become the saints they are all called to be.  

With all of that being said, please do not hesitate to ask me questions about how the Family Formation program will work for your family.  I am available to assist you and provide resources to make it a rewarding experience for the whole family.

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