Adult and Children's Evangelization (ACE) Ministry is working to build the faith life of the family by empowering parents to be the first catechists for their children through Families Alive in Christ (FAIC). We believe that when the family learns about the faith together, God's love comes alive in the home. Our task is to support the parents who are the first catechists.
You might be wondering what makes Families Alive in Christ richer than our weekly catechesis, Come See! We believe participation in Families Alive in Christ is a better choice because it re-establishes the family as the first "school" of faith. Often, faithful parents say they feel ill-equipped and uneducated in matters of faith, so they pass off their child's faith formation to a more knowledgeable person, moving the source of faith-building out of the home. But Faith fizzles and dies when it becomes a "once-per-week, drop-em-off" practice. Designed to give families the tools to make their domestic church thrive, Families Alive in Christ calls families to gather in prayer and faith, sharing regularly and intentionally. It requires a certain dedication and willingness of parents to fulfill their role as the first catechist for their children, and we believe that brings incredible blessings.
Families Alive in Christ meets monthly and prepares both children and parents for faith formation in the home. Each month, children experience one session at Prince of Peace and parents are provided with the support material to teach the unit's remaining two lessons at home. At the end of each home lesson, children take an eAssessment and submit it to ACE at Prince of Peace. As families journey through Families Alive in Christ, parents, as well as children, begin practicing and experiencing their faith in new ways, and invite Jesus Christ into their family life. Faith comes alive when it is learned and lived in the home
TAKING THAT FIRST STEP
Here at Prince of Peace, our Adult & Children's Evangelization Ministry recognizes that everyone's faith journey does not look the same. So, whatever the situation, we're here to assist each family on its unique journey. If you have questions or concerns, please let us know.
Current fee if $110 per child if registered by August 31, 2018. Starting on September 1, 2018 the fee is $120 per child. There is no charge for parents and child care is provided for infants and toddlers. There is a discount given for families with 3 or more children registered.
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Children who are baptized Catholic and preparing to receive their First Reconciliation and First Eucharist need to attend Come See!, Familes Alive in Christ, or be part of our Homeschool Families Alive in Christ in order to attend the separate sacramental preparation. Please see Sacrament Preparation for additional information.
HOW OFTEN DOES FAMILIES ALIVE IN CHRIST MEET?
English FAIC meets on the second Thursday of each month from October through May at Prince of Peace. During these formation gatherings, families gather to pray together; children attend a class with a trained catechist while parents learn about their faith and how to teach that month's subsequent lessons in the home. The families gather again for prayer before they return to their homes. We offer FAIC in Spanish on the third Thursday of each month from October through May.
HOW MUCH DOES FAIC COST?
FAIC cost is $100/child, not including any sacrament preparation costs. Both payment plans and financial aid are available if necessary.
WHAT RESPONSIBILITIES DO FAMILIES IN FAIC HAVE?
Families that enroll in FAIC commit to the following:
- Families attend the eight monthly formation gatherings at Prince of Peace (Oct. through May).
- Families committ to weekly sharing of the Gospel for the upcoming Sunday.
- Parents share the weekly lessons in the home using resources and methods provided by the Adult and Children's Evangelization (ACE) Ministry.
- Families either complete the online eAssessments or return chapter assessments found in their Alive in Christ books to ACE.
- Families explore an aspect of Catholic Social Teaching each month and commit to performing one act of social justice per semester for a total of two per year.
- Above all, families commit to making the home a safe, loving, environment where faith-sharing and prayer can happen, where faith is lived, and discipleship nurtured.
WHAT IF PARENTS CANNOT ATTEND FAIC DUE TO WORK OR OTHER COMMITMENTS?
We understand that family and work schedules may prevent families from attending FAIC formation gatherings occasionally. If families cannot attend a monthly faith formation gathering, we encourage contacting the ACE Ministry to make arrangements to pick up any materials or information missed.