“As the domestic Church, the parents, by word and example, are the first heralds of the faith with regard to their children”
Vatican II, Lumen Gentium
It is in the context of the family that we first learn who God is. God entrusts primary responsibility to parents to be the first teachers of the faith to their children, making it their constant care to bring their child up in the practice of the faith. It is the duty of every Christian parent to see that the divine life God gives their child through Baptism is kept safe from the poison of sin so as to grow always stronger.
We strive to support parents in fulfilling the commitment they made at the Baptism of their child, helping them to grow in their own understanding and practice of the faith in many different ways.
Resources for our Youngest Members (Infants to Preschool)
Faith Beginnings helps parents form and nurture their preschool children’s faith development, even in the earliest stages of life. In an era when preschool child development is being more deliberately understood, one might consider how essential it is to teach children about their faith. The authors (Amy Garro and Michelle Chronister) provide concrete faith-related activities and suggestions to help parents nurture the faith life of their infant, toddler, and preschool children.
Should young children be present for Mass?
It was the end of a beautiful but long ordination weekend. One of our dear friends was now a priest, and we were ready to begin our trip back home. As we were leaving the reception after his first Mass, we passed by the church. The doors to the church were open, and our toddler wandered in.
One Mom’s blog reflections on her home as a domestic monastery
I went to Mass this morning with my younger two daughters, and after Mass I was talking with our pastor and telling him how much our recent trip has changed the way that I think of St. Peter and St. Paul (and all the saints and the whole Church in general, but that’s several articles and blog posts worth of reflections). Earlier this month, our youngest daughter and I had the chance to tag along with my husband on a work trip around Italy, visiting archaeological sites related to the early Church. Many of the sites we visited were in Rome/Vatican City.
Parish bible study conflicts with your child’s soccer practice? Wishing there was a faith resource that your whole family could share? Looking for some help in addressing a difficult topic with your teen?
At times thought of as a “Catholic Netflix”, FORMED is an online platform of Catholic resources including video studies, feature films, audio materials, ebooks and blogs. These resources are available to you when you need them and when your schedule allows.
As a gift to you and an investment in the faith formation of our families, Little Flower Parish provides for you (free of charge) access to these hundreds of resources. Go to watch.formed.org and click on Little Flower Parish, Toledo, OH.
Parenting today’s teen isn’t always easy.
The staff at Little Flower Parish are here to help you and your family. We know that parents want the best for their children and for them to have strong Catholic values. We have a wonderful resource called Parent Life.
Parent Life aims to educate parents on teen culture so that they can be empowered to fearlessly and faithfully guide their teenagers through the modern world.