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Center for Catholic Education and Formation
Saint Thomas Seminary

Catechetical Leaders

“On the lips of the catechist the first proclamation must ring out over and over: "Jesus Christ loves you; he gave his life to save you; and now he is living at your side every day to enlighten, strengthen and free you… nothing is more solid, profound, secure, meaningful and wisdom-filled than that initial proclamation."

Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium


Eucharist gathers us, nourishes us, and sends us out in mission to become Christ’s presence in the world.  Parish communities can transform the faith formation and sacramental preparation of children, youth, adults, and families by placing the Eucharist as the center of all formation. This workshop and retreat will provide an opportunity to reflect on the richness of the Catholic faith’s teaching about Eucharist along with a chance to explore ways to implement a Eucharistic vision for ministry to engage people of all ages who seek to grow in faith and receive the Sacraments. This will include practical ways to help members of our parishes to encounter Christ and live the Eucharist as disciples.

Faith formation leaders will extend this conversation by exploring a way to share about Eucharist in a family faith festival. Youth Ministry leaders will learn more about ways to be a witness of our experience of Christ’s presence. 


Workshop for Faith Formation Leaders:

Celebrating Faith and Empowering Families through Faith Festivals 

How can we connect saving, life-giving, Good News of our faith with families today?  Many parishes are finding that gathering families for faith festivals to share and celebrate faith provides a rich opportunity to inspire families, provide coaching for parents, and encourage faith sharing at home.  These festivals connect families to the seasons and celebrations of the liturgical year while providing families with practical ways to share faith, pray, and engage in ministry and service together.  This workshop will explore vision, models, and resources for implementing family faith festivals, including resources for providing a faith festival on the theme of Eucharist.

Register for the Faith Formation Session

Click here to see the Youth Ministry/Confirmation Coordinator Content

Families at the Center of Faith Formation

Research states that partnering with parents to nurture family faith is our best hope to help Catholic identity become rooted in children’s lives. The family is the primary community where Catholic faith practices are nurtured and practiced.

Click here to see a variety of ways to implement family formation at your parish.

Lifelong Faith offers some free trainings with more information on how to implement family faith formation. This can be a helpful tool for your own enrichment, as well as forming your catechists and team. Visit their site for more information:

I Want to Engage Parents More but I Need some New Ideas!

The research is clear. Parents are the most significant influence on the religious and spiritual lives of children. We know we need to engage with parents more but how can we do this in meaningful ways without completely changing up our entire programs?

Come learn some strategies for encouraging your parents to grow in faith and disciple their children. Whether you are a faith formation leader who is full time, part-time or even volunteer, there will be something you can use with your families. Please join this webinar for some new ideas and inspiration.




Enrichment Series

Did you miss a webinar in the summer series? Were you there and want to share it with your faith formation team? Click on the links below to visit the LifeLong Faith website for the recordings.  

For more information contact: 

Kelly Henderschedt
Archdiocesan Director of Faith Formation
860 - 242 - 5573 ex. 2663