Welcome to the pilot session of At Home in Church!
Our four weeks together will be filled with sessions introducing engaging topics supported by brief articles and videos. Our discussions will take place over the course of the week with specific deadlines to move our conversations along. Each session goes live online on Sundays at 6pm EST and expires at the same time one week later. Click on the session links on the left side of the page.
As a community of faith, I ask that all participants address each other respectfully and only offer constructive comments. Please maintain use of polite language and observe a friendly learning environment. As with every new community, please introduce yourself in the "Meet and Greet" Discussion Tab before moving on to the course content/Session1.
For questions, concerns, and/or technical difficulties, please email me, Michelle Ilagan at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will be checking my email for inquiries between 10am-2pm daily. My goal is to address your concerns within 24 hours.
About the Course
This course is aimed at making families feel "At Home in Church." The family has been called the church in miniature. It mirrors the graces received from the church and makes the gospels come alive. “The Christian home is the place where children receive the first proclamation of the faith...The family home is rightly called ‘the domestic church,’ a community of grace and prayer, a school of human virtues and of Christian charity” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1666).
Through this enrichment course, parents will gain a greater awareness of their Catholic identity and be better equipped to lead their family in the teachings and practices of the faith. As on-line participation translates to a spiritual and physical communion with the Church and the parish community, parents can better lead their children towards a life of discipleship. “As a result, with their parents leading the way by example and family prayer, children and indeed everyone gathered around the family hearth will find a readier path to human maturity, salvation and holiness” (Gaudium et Spes, 47).
At the end of the 4 week course, parents will...