This year for Family Formation we are using A Family of Faith program put out by Sophia Press. It is a unique family catechesis program which promotes parents as the primary educators of their children in the Catholic Faith. Studies show that parent involvement in the faith-life of their children is by far the most important element in ensuring that the child develops into a practicing Catholic adult. Our goal is to empower the parents, so that they not only commit themselves to teaching the Faith to their children, but that they are also equipped to do it. Our mission is to help parents to be the role models God is asking them to be and to fulfill the promises they made at the Baptism of their children and on your wedding day.
Letter from Fr. Erickson about Family Formation
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. Page 4 of the bulletin 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,
Family Formation (1st - 6th Grade)
This program is aligned with the Church’s three-year Liturgical cycle. A typical month includes one parent’s instructional meeting at Church, followed by one Home Lessons for families to complete during the other weeks of the month. The children and parents meet at the Church for lessons the first Sunday of the month. Each Home Lesson typically has a teaching component and an activity to reinforce what has been learned, with a quiz at the end of the lesson as well.
For more information on the Family Formation program at Transfiguration, please contact Melissa Phinney, Family Formation Coordinator, at 651-501-2202 or send her an email.
First Event is September 15 at 9:30a.m.
The Domestic Church
Watch this great video on, the what Saint Pope John Paul the Great call, your family the Domestic Church.
The Nursery is open during the 10:30 a.m. Sunday Mass for children up to age 3. This ministry is free and available to everyone attending the 10:30 a.m. Sunday Mass. The Nursery is closed on Easter and Christmas, and during Fall Festival weekend. The Nursery is in the Harvester Room which is to the left of the Gathering Space as you enter the Church doors.
If you are interested in participating in a Children’s Ministry or volunteering for a program, please contact Martha Praska at 651-738-2646, or send her an email.