Happy February! We are constantly looking for ways we can better assist parents in nurturing their children's Catholic faith. Over the years we have updated our teaching materials to a spiral approach focused on forming discipleship, and in the last few years moving toward a DVD-based small group discussion format in our 7th and 8th Grade-levels. We have held Alpha Courses, Bible studies, and Family Sessions to better equip parents to fulfill their role as their child's primary catechist on the Catholic way of life. We have tried to accommodate families' busy schedules by offering 3 different days at different times for our children's sessions. Still there are families who struggle to keep all of their commitments to various activities during the school year. Accordingly, we will be presenting another option for families with busy schedules during the school year, or for children who may fare better participating in RE sessions when things slow down during the summer.
We will be piloting a 2-Week Summer Intensive this summer for children in Grades 3, 4, and 5 beginning on June 13th. The sessions will be Monday - Friday from 9:00am - Noon. One of the requirements will be a commitment to attend 2 family faith formation events during the following year. In the near future, we will be emailing more requirements and details with a poll to gauge interest.
With the focus on love this month, use Valentine’s Day to make a love connection. You can use it as a jumpstart to better understand what makes your kids feel loved. Perception and reception of love isn’t the same for everyone, so how you communicate is important. And even though your children are your children, they may feel most loved in different ways than you. You can deepen your connection and improve your relationship with each child by investigating what the child’s primary love language is. Dr. Gary Chapman paved the way to this understanding with his work and insight into what he’s identified as The 5 Love Languages. Chapman defines the Love Languages in the following ways: Physical Touch- cuddling, hugs, holding hands, high fives, and pats on the back; Quality Time - any activity done together that allows for focused time in conversation free from distractions competing for your attention; Acts of Service - helping your kids with their tasks, such as chores, homework, and any challenges that cause stress; Receiving Gift - giving your children very personal gifts that demonstrate how well you know them; Words of Affirmation - complimenting, encouraging, and using terms of endearment that express the value and qualities you see in your children.
Have a February filled with love and mercy!
Kevin Cody, DRE