Forming Families in Faith


by Kathy Hendricks;

Forming Families in Faith
Publication date: 2015-08-01
Number of pages: 96
ISBN: 9782896882236

Each time parents share a story or create a family tradition, they cultivate the fertile soil of faith formation. And each time a catechist, DRE, teacher, or parish minister reads this practical and enlightening book, they'll find wonderful ways to affirm what families already do to build up the faith and what we can do to help them fill in the gaps.

Through insights gained from her own family stories, Kathy Hendricks guides us through each of the six tasks of family catechesis and what they mean for us and for the families themselves. Readers will also find practical tips and ideas for strengthening family prayer, welcoming blended families and those for whom sports is a priority, and creating opportunities for outreach.

This is a must-have resource that can help us discover how God dwells among us, “embedded within every family experience and relationship.”

Forming Families in Faith is a an ideal resource for developing the qualities of courage and strength within a family through catechesis.

Kathy Hendricks links the six formal tasks of catechesis

  • promoting knowledge of the faith
  • liturgical education
  • moral formation
  • teaching to pray
  • education for community life
  • missionary initiation

with six things the family can do to nurture its spirituality:

  • telling stories
  • celebrating rituals and traditions
  • making loving choices
  • fostering prayer and spirituality
  • building healthy relationships
  • serving others.

Kathy Hendricks, M.A., is the author of several books on spirituality, parenting and catechesis. She travels widely, offering inspiring talks and retreats for those in ministry.

Printed version available
$12.95

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