Modelled after the Holy Family, a man and woman connected together in marriage with their children form a family. Referred to as the “Domestic Church” families are the building blocks of society. Our Parish strengthens families by:
- Preparing couples for marriage;
- Recognizing the critical role married couples have as parents in procreation, raising and educating their children;
- Promoting extended families and Godparent accountability;
- Highlighting the responsibilities children have towards their parents, siblings and elders;
- Encouraging family participation in the life of the Parish; and
- Helping those in irregular unions enter into full communion with the Church.
We know that single parent families are a present reality in our society and we are compassionately aware of the struggles they face. Whether in happiness or hardship, joy or sorrow we minister to all families regardless of size or situation. The Church offers the surest path for Christian family formation where Catholic values are taught, practiced and preserved for the sanctification of souls and sake of the common good.
Culture and Life
Confirmation & Faith Formation
Chosen, from Ascension Press, is a powerful Confirmation program for youth and their families. Chosen features fast-paced videos with various presenters that help teens know and love the truth, beauty and joy of our Faith, as well as other excellent on-line resources.
This family-based program for youth in our parish in Grade 9 and up, and their parents, begins October 26 at 7:00 PM in the Saint John the Apostle Parish Centre next to Saint Joseph’s Church in Bridgewater. To register, please contact the parish office. Sample segments of Chosen may be viewed on You Tube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mx7Ul-pgu2Y&list=PLGGw-89RHOyOMp9cSHiGhFHwnd_adlJr6
For more information about Chosen, please go to https://confirmationstudy.com.
Dr. Kristy’s Parent Blog
Raising children in this digital age has many challenges as well as blessings. Dr. Kristy Goodwin has spent her career researching and advising parents, individuals and professionals on how we can use technology in healthy and helpful ways at work and with our kids so it doesn’t encroach on our health and our performance. She has numerous easy to read blog posts that answer our dilemmas about screen time.
On her Parents Blog, Dr. Kristy has numerous easy-to-read posts in which she shares her knowledge and wisdom on a wide range of topics of interest to families, such as, how to be productive working from home, managing screen time at sleep overs and play-dates, protecting children’s eyesight in the digital age and what parents need to consider before sharing pictures of their kids.
To see Dr. Kristy’s Parent Blog, go to: https://drkristygoodwin.com/blog-parents/
Family of Faith
Developing strong Catholic families in which children learn the joys of following Jesus Christ and the truths of our Faith through the witness of Christian life given by their parents.
Our Parish has begun this family-based Religious Education program to support parents as the first and best teachers of children in the ways of the Faith. To join the Family of Faith program, please contact the Parish office. We gather as a community of faith on the first Sunday of the month from 9:45 to 10:45 am in the Parish Centre at St. Joseph’s Church in Bridgewater (in January and April, we meet on the 2nd Sunday). Participating families can access supplemental resources on line at: https://sophiainstituteforteachers.org/familyoffaithvol1supplements.
Please go to: https://sophiainstituteforteachers.org/shop/family-of-faith for more information on the program.
Ruah Woods ROOTED curriculum, based on St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body, provides a solid basis for transmitting a vision of the human person according to God’s loving design and St. John Paul II’s teachings. A thorough teaching resource incrementally presented for children (K-8) and youth (grades 9-12).
Follow the link: https://www.ruahwoodspress.com
SBPkids Online is a children’s ministry from Saint Benedict’s Parish in Halifax that your family can participate in and enjoy while we are unable to gather at Mass. The primary goal of SBPkids is to help children get to know and love Jesus. Laura leads the program with enthusiasm, joy and fun. She uses an interactive approach and embeds fun videos and songs and movement for the whole family.
Signs of Grace
The Augustine Institute Signs of Grace program is a family faith formation program that includes activities, videos, stories and teaching delivered on line to help children and their families understand the sacraments as encounters with Jesus. Signs of Grace includes the programs, “You are Forgiven” to prepare for First Reconciliation and “You are Loved” to prepare for First Eucharist.
The Signs of Grace program begins Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020, after Mass, at 12:00 in Saint John the Apostle Parish Centre at Saint Joseph’s Church in Bridgewater. Children in Grade 2 and up who have not yet made their First Reconciliation and First Communion, and their families are invited to join the Signs of Grace program, on-line or in-person, by contacting the parish office.
To view information about the program, please go to https://thesignsofgrace.org.
Worship@Home is a free online resource to help families pray together at home while we are unable to gather for Sunday Mass through an age-appropriate, easy to follow way that involves the whole family and even makes it a little fun. It is used by over 12,000 families since it began. Everything you need is there to make the experience a positive one; suggestions for set up, parts for the leader, which can be your child, and the participants, embedded contemporary praise music, and discussion questions to get your family talking about the readings. There is an introductory video you may watch for more information. May God bless your family through this resource.
Follow the link: https://worship.pastoral.center/