Parents are the most influential agents of catechesis for their children. They have a unique responsibility for the education of their children; they are their first educators, or catechists. (National Directory of Catechesis 234)
At baptism parents accept the role of being the first teachers of their children in matters of faith. Having faith as a part of daily lived experience is the most important factor in helping children grow in their love and knowledge of our God and Church. Parents are challenged in so many ways with this responsibility. The influences of a secular culture and the busy schedules of families today make the value of a strong and healthy household of faith even more important.
It is the role of the Church to assist parents in this role through providing resources and opportunities for children and families to learn and grow together on their faith journey. Each parish provides opportunities through a variety of formats to assist individuals and families; including gathered sessions, at-home materials, and online resources.
In addition, the following websites contain sections especially for parents use at home with their children. Some are from religion textbook publishers, however, one need not use that particular textbook to use their sites. Please visit them regularly.
If you have questions or concerns, please contact us at the Department of Lifelong Faith Formation. Maureen Poulin (716)847-5514, firstname.lastname@example.org.