Faith Formation or Formally Known as CCD (Children’s Catechetical Development)
I grew up going to Catholic school so I never really knew much about CCD until I married my husband who had gone to the class as a child. I was excited for my child’s experience as I loved my new church. My church is unlike most other Catholic Churches I think. It’s a hidden gem. I have spent my life trying different churches (even non-Catholic), trying to find one I could call home and I finally did. St. Anne’s in Fairlawn, NJ is a wonderful place, I think. So if you are ever in Northern NJ and are looking to get to church I highly recommend stopping by.
With all that said I was excited for my children’s journey into learning about their religion. Yet, now that we have been at it for 4 years I am finding things to be different than what I expected. If parents are paying to have their kids attend CCD I would think that they are practicing what they preach. Yet, that is not necessarily the case. I have been surprised at how few families attend mass weekly and more surprised by how few pray at home. Even my non-religious husband says prayers with his children every night so I was shocked to learn that religious families weren’t.
How can we expect our children to fall in love with our faith if they do not see their parents love for it? I wish and hope we could bring the love back. The Catholic Church is an amazing religion that seems to be taken for granted and misunderstood by many.
The one beautiful thing I have found in the CCD program is that the Director and all the teachers show their love for their religion. It gives hope that they may have an impact on the children they are teaching. The children will see the love from their teachers and want to feel the love themselves.
I wish all the Directors, teachers and students of faith formation guidance, patience and love.
I wish parents would invest more into the spiritual side of raising kids and help them to learn the wonderful things that are out there. Whether or not my children will grow up and continue being Catholic is up to them but I will make gosh darn sure I show them all the wonderful things about being Catholic. Who’s with me?
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