Reaching Out to Parents!

Hi All, It’s just getting better and better here at the MAC. After some very solid and exciting talks this morning, I was privileged to hear Tom McGrath, Loyola Press’s VP of New Product Development, and an author, talk about reaching out to parents of the children in our RE classes. He’s got great ideas. This is a topic near and dear to my heart. Parents are our mission field, as catechists, and we’ve got to encourage them as the primary educators of their kids at home. I loved so many things, especially his stories about the way parents model faith in the home, but he also said that it’s important to recognize that we have common goals and to discuss this with parents.

i.e. In talking with them, we find that they want their kids to celebrate the sacraments. Good. They want to help kids understand their faith. Great. They want to lay a foundation of grace and strength for the hard times ahead. Okay, wonderful! Now that we’ve had this conversation together, we’ve made a kind of contract with them that brings us together in a unity of purpose. He said it so much better!

Mass tonight with Cardinal O’Brien was very beautiful. The music was amazing, the homily by Fr. John Hurley, CSP, stirring and full of hope. Tonight we’ll participate in Michael Ruzicki’s Way of the Cross at 8pm. We are really psyched.

God bless! I’ll check in later.

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