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Religious Education and School Parents - How You Can Help

Congratulations on choosing to partner with your parish or school to form your child in Catholic faith!  Did you know that actually you are your child's first and most important catechist (teacher of the faith)?  Your parish religious education program or Cathoilc school depends on what you do at home to reinforce what we teach. Nothing we do will make your child have faith or stay a Catholic later in life, unless you participate in Catholic faith in your family. Don't worry if you are not sure what to do! We are here to help you in your very important role.

How you can help

  1. Pray at home with your child. Start by using and helping your child learn the familiar traditional prayers which are often found in the back of your child's textbook. You may also receive some assistance with prayer ideas from items sent home your child's catechist or teacher.
  2. Take your child to Mass. Studies have shown that young adults who attended Mass as children and adolescents are more likely to remain Catholics when they leave home.
  3. Talk about faith with your child. Ask them about God.  Share stories about times when you felt closest to God. Make it a natural topic of conversation.
  4. Support what your child is learning. Talk about what they are learning, just like you would any other subject. Your child's catechist or teacher may send home parent pages that explain what is being covered in the current unit, or you can find this information at the end of chapters in your child's textbook. This parent brochure, about the Diocese of Joliet Faith Formation Curriculum, can help.