Diocesan leaders are available to consult with parish/school staff members to help the entire staff to see, understand, and ask questions regarding the benefits of the Strong Catholic Families: Strong Catholic Youth initiative.
While parish/school staff work is listed as "Step 2" in the 3 Step Process, parishes seem to have more success with this initiative if consultation with diocesan leaders occurs prior to the first Parent Session being held or even scheduled.
- This initial staff consultation session is essential for ensuring that all staff members understand the initiative, are committed to its implementation, and can offer input into the roll-out in your community.
- Consultations can take place at staff meetings, vicariate or cluster meetings, pastoral council meetings, or other gatherings, and can be scheduled for daytime, evening or weekend hours.
Email Mary Beth Coates or call 716-847-5501 to schedule a consultation.
Follow Up/ Follow Through:
Strong Catholic Families: Strong Catholic Youth embraces a new paradigm:
Toward ultimately placing families at the center of the church's life and mission!
- What would parish life look like if families were at the center of the Sacramental practices?
- How can parish ministries be (re)focused to support, develop and resource the domestic church?
Post Parent Session:
- Parish/school staff will follow-up/ follow through on what they hear from parents.
- This follow up may take one or several different forms depending upon the expressed needs of the parents and the parish.
- Printed and online resources,
- parent web sites
- suggested follow-up sessions
- Are provided to the staff by diocesan leaders as they consider the most effective ways to continue their journey with parents in strengthening the faith within the home.
- Outline for Parish/School Staff Follow Up Gathering
- Best Practices Assessment We believe there are at least 5 factors that contribute to a successful launch and growth of this initiative at the parish level. This self-assessment addresses each of these factors and how they can take on more prominence in the parish. For additional ideas, contact us to discuss your results.
- How does a parish view the Domestic Church? How do families view the Institutional Church? Below are models of each. Through which lens do you view the other? These models can assist you in "building bridges" to meet the families needs.