Parents are the first catechists for their children. It is in the actions and words of parents that toddlers first recognize the importance of faith, of worship, of goodness, and of prayer. It is in the family that young people realize that their Catholic life revolves around the Sunday Eucharist and is supported by the Sunday Gospel.
The Gospel at Home: An Overview for Parents
4 year olds
Promise Program: Kindergarten
The family, however, is not a school—not in any formal sense. Family life is complex—even messy. There is no single blueprint for how families ought to function. Yet there is always time for family sharing.
The Pflaum Gospel Weeklies are designed to be a regular part of family life. Not only do the Weeklies use the Sunday Eucharist and the Gospel as the source of catechesis thirty-two times a year, they also have the students carry that catechesis home. Each weekly lesson is family friendly and parents can easily see and share what their youngsters have learned. Those lessons when shared regularly also lead right back to Sunday Mass and the celebration of the seasons of faith with the community.
Although the weekly lessons are very accessible, many parents and catechists have requested a simple weekly plan for parents who want to discuss the weekly lesson with their child.
The Gospel at Home provides a quick review of the Sunday Gospel and a brief discussion suggestions based on the lesson objectives for the week in each of the levels of the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies—Seeds, Promise, Good News, Venture, and Visions. Even the briefest moments spent sharing faith or remembering the Sunday Gospel will have a lasting effect. These moments will be a poignant life-lesson that will help even the youngest child realize that faith and life are one—that
discipleship and Gospel living are for everyone every day.
To access The Gospel at Home for parents CLICK HERE
• The parents themselves can go to the site for more information and activities
• Perhaps the very best idea for parents is to register to receive the links by email—every single week. The arrival of the weekly email will be a regular reminder to participate as a family in the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies experience.