- The parents do not need to be experts in their faith. The thrust of the program is for a family to enjoy learning and living the faith TOGETHER. The program aims for a shared learning experience so family members can support each other as they live the faith. The Apostolate’s Family Catechism presents the entirety of the faith in an easy-to-understand question and answer format. The video presentations with Francis Cardinal Arinze provide clear explanations. If the parents would like to learn more about a topic, The Apostolate’s Family Catechism contains excerpts from and cross-references to the Catechism of the Catholic Church and other church documents.
- A few days before the schedule “Family Catechesis Time”, the parents should read through the Discussion Guide to familiarize themselves with the topics to be covered and the family activities.
- Before the “Family Catechesis Time”, research the liturgical calendar information.
- Plan out the family activity before hand and gather or prepare the necessary materials.
- Parents are encouraged to take advantage of the various teachable moments in their family life to reinforce the lesson learned.
- Parents and older children are encouraged to read on their own some or all of the quotes from the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Vatican II, papal documents and the other related cross-references indicated in The Apostolate’s Family Catechism pertaining to the questions covered during the week. They can also watch or listen to the corresponding commentaries of Cardinal Arinze on those cross-references. These are available online for free at www.familyland.org.