We are so glad that you are a part of our parish community! One of our goals in our Faith Formation Programs at St. Ambrose & St. Peter’s is to give parents tools to share the faith with their children. This year we are having six classes for parents (and families) about topics to go a little deeper in the faith and to create our community. We have recorded the sessions so that you are able to refer back to them and have a list of resources that we mention during the class. Enjoy!
Parent Formation Meeting #1 – Curriculum
Parent Formation Meeting #2 – Domestic Church
Parent Formation Meeting #3 – The Mass
Family Formation Class #4 – Sacraments of Healing
This is the video that we watched during the class:
Fr. Mike Schmitz has a video about making a good confession that is helpful to watch as well:
The Parable of the Prodigal and His Brother
Then Jesus said, “There was a man who had two sons. The younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of the property that will belong to me.’ So he divided his property between them. A few days later the younger son gathered all he had and traveled to a distant country, and there he squandered his property in dissolute living. When he had spent everything, a severe famine took place throughout that country, and he began to be in need. So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed the pigs. He would gladly have filled himself with the pods that the pigs were eating; and no one gave him anything. But when he came to himself he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired hands have bread enough and to spare, but here I am dying of hunger! I will get up and go to my father, and I will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son; treat me like one of your hired hands.”’ So he set off and went to his father. But while he was still far off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion; he ran and put his arms around him and kissed him. Then the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ But the father said to his slaves, ‘Quickly, bring out a robe—the best one—and put it on him; put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. And get the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate; for this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found!’ And they began to celebrate.
“Now his elder son was in the field; and when he came and approached the house, he heard music and dancing. He called one of the slaves and asked what was going on. He replied, ‘Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fatted calf, because he has got him back safe and sound.’ Then he became angry and refused to go in. His father came out and began to plead with him. But he answered his father, ‘Listen! For all these years I have been working like a slave for you, and I have never disobeyed your command; yet you have never given me even a young goat so that I might celebrate with my friends. But when this son of yours came back, who has devoured your property with prostitutes, you killed the fatted calf for him!’ Then the father said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. But we had to celebrate and rejoice, because this brother of yours was dead and has come to life; he was lost and has been found.’” (Luke 15:11-32)
- Have someone in your family read the Parable of the Prodigal and His Brother aloud. Then have everyone in your family share one part of the story that stuck out to them.
- Why do you think the Father was so forgiving of the son in this parable? How does that relate to our journey with the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
- Ask one another when was the last time they went to the sacrament of reconciliation and why haven’t you gone since then? Make a family commitment of when you will go next.
We, the ___________________ family commit to going to the Sacrament of Reconciliation as a family _______________________________________
- The brother had a hard time with the Father welcoming his son back. He was jealous but his Father reminds him to rejoice. Have everyone in your family come up with three things to do to lift each other up instead of bringing them down.
- Go put your thumb prints on the canvas and then wash your hands!
Family Formation Class #5 – The Sacraments of Initation
St. Peter’s video coming soon…class is on February 4
St. Ambrose’s video coming soon…class is on February 11
Family Formation Class #6 – The Sacraments of Vocation
St. Peter’s video coming soon…class is on March 4
St. Ambrose’s video coming soon…class is on March 11