Support in Raising Catholic Children
Circle of Grace Parent Information Packet from the Archdiocese of Omaha
The Family and Parish Partnership
Parents contribute to the spiritual growth of their children by nurturing the intellectual, emotional and physical growth of their children. Parents have the mission of teaching their children to pray and to discuss their vocation as children of God. (CCC #2226) The parish community, in its turn, assists parents in their role as catechists. The catechism states that the parish is the Eucharistic community and heart of the liturgical life of Christian families; it is a privileged place for catechesis of children and parents. (CCC #2226)
These two sources, families and parishes, have appropriate roles and responsibilities in complementary ways; together they form a partnership in the responsibility for forming children in the four pillars of the catholic faith: Creed, Sacraments, Christian Life and Prayer.
The Family and Parish Partnership packet provides suggestions for how the family and parish can enhance each stage of their partnership throughout a child’s involvement in the parish program. The packet is broken down by grade-level. Common Catholic Prayers and Practices that are referred to are provided below.