Religious Education Coordinator
"Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.”
Family Faith Formation - Fall 2020
If you have any questions about Religious Education or would like to teach please contact Lisa Hendrickx at the parish office or stop in during her office hours:
(Lisa will also be available from 3:00pm-8:00pm but may be assisting with RE classes at that time.)
Thursdays: 8:00am - 3:30pm
Sunday, June 28th @ 2pm (First Communion Mass)
at the Church of St. Henry
Mark Your Calendars for These Important Dates:
To talk with Lisa Hendrickx - the new DRE:
Why the Change to Family Formation?
The idea of family formation is that we, as the Church, help equip parents and families to bring the faith into their homes and for parents to become the main catechists of their children. I strongly believe that this component is what so many parishes are missing out on and why so many families (and children) are walking away from the faith. After being here for a year, I quickly realized that there are many parents who are not involved in their child’s faith formation and many families who do not attend Mass every Sunday – an obligation we all have as Catholics. I think that more often than not, these two things are a result of parents not feeling or not being educated in our beautiful Catholic Faith. The desire for the Catholic Faith to be lived out in all households and for children to absorb the faith from their parents is my main motivating desire for Family Formation.
Although, COVID-19 may seem like an obvious reason to move in this direction, this is not why we have decided to move toward a family formation platform for Religious Education; although, COVID-19, made it much more obvious as to why we need to be better at educating the parents instead of focusing only on the children. A family formation platform and mentality for many years to come will allow us to focus on formation for both the parents and child as well as forming all adults in our parish, regardless of age, children etc.
Saint Pope John Paul II said, “I wish to sow courage, hope and enthusiasm abundantly in the hearts of all those many diverse people who are in charge of religious instruction and training for life in keeping with the Gospel.”
This is my prayer for all of you, that you may see this time as an opportunity to courageously and enthusiastically bring Christ into the center of your home and lead your family to Heaven.