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Domestic Church

The urgent need for Whole Family Catechesis: all hands on deck!

PARENTS, THE PRIMARY EDUCATORS

YOU ARE THE DOMESTIC CHURCH 

 

Responding to Archbishop Cupich’s desire for the parish to become a vibrant community of DISCIPLES we are urged to fashion an on-going “mystagogy” (life-long formation) that not only is family friendly, but family centered! Centered on our family in Christ at the Two Tables of the Lord (Gospel and Eucharist) where we gather in Christ each and every Sunday. And centered in Christ at home where we break open God's word to our family. Only in Christ and with Christ can our families become the living domestic Church!  

Education in the faith by the parents should begin in the child’s earliest years. This already happens when family members help one another grow in faith by the witness of a Christian life in keeping with the Gospel. Family catechesis precedes, accompanies, and enriches other forms of instructions. Parents have the mission of teaching their children to pray and to discover their vocation as children of God (CCC #2226). At Baptism, Parents have taken a solemn oath to introduce their children into a living and loving relationship with Our Lord and Savior. This takes place above all at our Sunday worship.

Pope John Paul II continually encouraged the renewal of the domestic church. By virtue of their ministry of educating, parents are through the witness of their lives the first heralds of the gospel for their children. Furthermore, by praying with their children, by reading the word of God with them and by introducing them...into the Body of Christ—both the eucharistic and the ecclesial body—they become fully parents, in that they are begetters not only of bodily life, but also of the life that through the Spirit's renewal flows from the cross and resurrection of Christ (Familiaris Consortio, #39). 

Consider an intergenerational component to your children’s catechesis, one that would serve a family with children of varied ages and even a parent in that family requesting the Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist. We are encouraged that the model for all catechesis is that of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA).

CONFIRMATION OPPORTUNITY FOR PARENTS

 

Many parents have not completed their Sacraments of Initiation. We want to offer a family model that could help parentsin their spiritual growth and renewal and an opportunity for them to complete their sacramental initiation though the Sacrament of Confirmation. Parents are tasked with guiding the spiritual journey of their children. Faced with the values of today’s society, this responsibility is urgent, yet can seem overwhelming. An intergenerational approach to formation could enliven parishes with opportunities for parents to renew their faith. 

“Living in such a world, under the pressures coming above all from the mass media, the faithful do not always remain immune from the obscuring of certain fundamental values, nor set themselves up as the critical conscience of the family culture and as active agents in the building of an authentic family humanism.” (Familiaris Consortio #7). 

"It is necessary to go back to seeing the family as the sanctuary of life. The family is indeed sacred:

It is the place in which life—the gift of God—can be properly welcomed and protected against the many attacks to which it is exposed, and can develop in accordance with what constitutes authentic human growth. In the face of the so-called culture of death, the family is the heart of the culture of life" (Centesimus Annus #39).

 
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