Frequently Asked Questions
What is Family Catechesis?
It may be helpful to first define "Catechesis". Catechesis is informing the faith community about the teachings of Christ, transmitted by the Apostles to the Church. It is also the lifelong effort of forming people into witnesses to Christ and opening their hearts to the spiritual transformation given by the Holy Spirit. (source)
Family Catechesis is specifically created to equip parents to pass the Catholic Faith on to their children, and to help families grow in faith together.
What is Marshfield Faith Formation?
Marshfield Faith Formation is a collaboration of four Catholic Parishes in the greater Marshfield area: Our Lady of Peace, Sacred Heart & Corpus Christi and St. John the Baptist. The four Parishes are combining their Religious Education programs into one program, and adopting the Family Catechesis approach.
Why are we switching to Family Catechesis?
The Pastors believe that equipping the parents to Catechize their children will achieve more success in growing disciples of Jesus. In past years, Catechists have only about an hour per week with the students, so parents have a much better chance of igniting the spark of faith in their children and fanning it into flame.
There is also a need for ongoing occasional Catechesis throughout the life of every Catholic. It is not meant to end at Confirmation. By equipping the parents to share their faith, the parents will also benefit themselves.
Will there be an option to do this online during COVID-19?
Yes, we are offering families streamed content and/or recorded videos as long as COVID-19 restrictions last. For grades 1-5, the home packets would need to be picked up monthly. For grades 6-10 we will send the content over email.
As the COVID-19 situation is unpredictable, we may also need to cancel the in-person gatherings based on risk levels. If the monthly gathering is cancelled we will continue online with everyone. If the gathering is held, we will be requiring masks and following safe distancing as much as possible.