Family Faith Formation

Family Faith Formation

St. William Parish Family Faith Formation works together with families to provide faith formation opportunities for children and adults. Catechesis is that activity which enables faith to become living, conscious, and active through the light of instruction -- especially sharing God’s Word in Scripture and the Tradition of the Catholic Church.  Catechesis is a life-long process for each individual as well as the work of the entire Catholic Christian community.

The Church teaches that the primary responsibility for the spiritual growth and development of the children rests first and foremost with the parents.  Parents may share this responsibility with others, but they do not relinquish it.  CCC #2223

Our program strives to work together, with you to become closer in Christian community to live as Jesus taught us: through love, faithfulness, scripture, faith-sharing and example.

Children are introduced to God by the knowledge that everything around them comes from God. Growing within the security of their family it is the opportunity for parents to begin introducing stories of Jesus.  When you take your young children to mass with you, they began to realize this is a special place where we gather with friends.  Special actions and events happen gathered in this place. They watch you approach the altar to receive Jesus and they also want to be a part of Eucharist. Faith-filled events and daily happenings should permeate all of family life. This is where faith happens, within the family.  We, at St. William’s recognize that you, as parents, are blessed to foster your children’s spiritual growth. We wish to be your partner and helper in this journey with your family.  We offer opportunities through our Family Faith Formation for you, the parents to be nourished in your faith.  This will allow you to be able to likewise nourish your children in their journey. 

We present a practical approach to Faith Formation recognizing the schedule demands on today’s families.  We offer a program your whole family can attend at one time, while still providing age-appropriate catechesis.

Family Faith Formation meets once a month throughout the school year with resources for families to work at home within the family setting.  We offer guidance in working with your children and adult information to inform you as the parent.


Family Faith Formation Calendar of Events for 2016-2017

 or Add Events to your personal calendar from our Google Calendar below.

For more information, please contact:

Mary Jane Spirk
Director of Family Faith Formation
maryjane@saintwilliam.org

239-263-5429

Children’s Liturgy of the Word

Every Sunday—9:00 a.m. Mass

   All children present at the 9:00 Mass are invited to participate in the Children’s Liturgy of the Word.   The children are dismissed before the Readings are read to the assembly. They retreat to the Church Hall with a trained couple to discuss the same readings at their level of understanding.    Parents are welcome to accompany their children any time. We especially invite visitors to participate