Households of Faith

    "The Christian family . . . can and should be called the 'domestic Church' . . ." "The family, called together by word and sacrament as the Church of the home, is both teacher and mother, the same as the worldwide Church . . ."

          Familiaris Consortio Pope John Paul

The first catechists in any child's life are the family members with whom he or she lives. What happens at home--both positive and negative--provides lessons for life. In the family, faith is shared as part of the unfolding of daily life. The home, or "domestic Church," provides a real place in which a child learns to live his or her faith as well as to understand it.

Call to Faith is committed to partnering with parents and guardians to develop households in which the faith is shared and lived with vigor. Toward that end, Call to Faith is written with the family and household in mind. The program provides many opportunities for families to enrich their children's learning experiences.

* Family Connections Throughout the program, family connections are reinforced through the lessons and activities.

* Family Faith Each chapter of Call to Faith includes a Family Faith page--a weekly resource that brings the lesson home. The Family Faith page includes lesson content summaries, scripture readings, family prayers, and activities that encourage students to live their faith.

* Call to Faith on the Web The Our Sunday Visitor Curriculum Division Web site offers a continually growing collection of resources to assist in the process of faith formation while reflecting the authentic teachings of the Catholic Church. Features include online versions of key print materials and an assortment of unique web-based activities, such as a multimedia glossary.

* Faith at Home: Nurturing Households of Faith This engaging magazine feautures practical suggestions, tips for sharing and celebrating faith at home, a section on using Call to Faith at home, and real-life articles about today's families.

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