Faith formation program (K-6) has been meeting on Saturday mornings for a long time in the parish of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini on the former school building on 316 Bay St. This program is supported by a group of dedicated volunteers who meet the needs of our children by providing catechesis and formation in the faith. Although we do our best in order to present the Catholic faith to these children, we also strive to inform the parents how important it is for them to reinforce at home all that we say and do in our program.
The Catholic Church teaches that the parents are the first teachers of the faith.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC 1656) states that by word and example parents are the first teachers of the faith with regard to their children. In the sacrament of Holy Matrimony, and blessed, God-willing, with the gift of children, the family forms what from ancient times has been called the domestic church (ekklesia domestica). “In it [the domestic church] parents should, by their word and example, be the first preachers of the faith to their children; they should encourage them in the vocation which is proper to each of them, fostering with special care vocation to a sacred state” (Lumen Gentium, no 11).
As parents, you have the great responsibility to help their children form a good conscience, distinguish between right and wrong, and to choose good and avoid evil accordingly. It is through the efforts of parents, that childre establish a system of values and a code of morality. Parents and guardians should also understand the very important role of personal witness, for it is by the example of adults who forgive and seek forgiveness that children will learn to do the same in their lives. It is by witnessing your faith in Christ, that your child comes to know Jesus.
Parents are called to develop a life at home that helps their child or children to understand that every single thought, word, and action is either answering “YES” to God and walking towards Him, or answering “NO” to God and walking away from Him.