The term "Domestic Church" refers to the family, the smallest body of gathered believers in Christ. Though recovered only recently, the term dates all the way back to the first century AD. The Greek word ecclesia referred to the "little church." Our Early Church Fathers understood that the home was fertile ground for discipleship, sanctification...and holiness!
We are thrilled to focus this 2020-2021 catechetical year on strengthening our many domestic churches by intentionally choosing to continually Live & Love like our Lord Jesus Christ taught us!Our responsibility is to partner with you to provide resources and support as you experience the following blessings of intentional domestic church life & love.
Each month you/we will focus on the following:
|October:||Prayer & Relationship||Wednesday, September 30th 6:00pm to 8:00pm|
|November:||Scripture - Divine Reading||Saturday, October 24th 9:00am to 11:00am|
|December:||Quiet Waiting - Sacred Spaces||Saturday, November 21st 9:00am to 11:00am|
|January:||Emmanuel…God is with us!||Saturday, December 19th 9:00am to 11:00am|
|February:||Mary…our Mother||Saturday, January 23rd 9:00am to 11:00am|
|March:||Holy Men & Women||Saturday, February 20th 9:00am to 11:00am|
|April:||Eucharist - Thanksgiving||Saturday, March 20th 9:00am to 11:00am|
Using all that we send home each month will allow families to deepen their Domestic Church life without having to use a computer screen.
Each monthly package will offer resources such as age-appropriate Bibles, weekly Magnifikids, weekly Allelu! lessons for preschool and kindergarten participants, craft kits, adult Domestic Church booklets and resources, and even suggested recipes for family meal time...along with other fun seasonal surprises!Throughout the year, seven monthly Domestic Church resource packages will go home with all participating families.
We hope that your family will look forward to the spiritual treasures that each package will contain.
For those families who prefer online technology, we will also be sending emails, which will contain links to videos by our Domestic Church ministry team, along with other great links to online opportunities including optional ZOOM sessions covering a wide variety of topics and activities.
Additionally, service to others and loving neighbor will be woven throughout our entire
2020-2021 Domestic Church experience!
We hope that your family will join us this year!
Important points to consider about this unique opportunity.
- Participation in this Domestic Church opportunity will satisfy all religious education requirements for students in 1st through 8th grades for this upcoming school year.
- Each religious education student will receive grade-appropriate curriculum.
- This opportunity will begin in October 2020 and run through the end of April 2021.
- If you’ve already enrolled for Saturday morning classes, or Faith in the Family, you will automatically be rolled into this new Domestic Church modified home study option. There is no need to re-register.
- Wee Praise children ages 3-5/Kindergarten, Saturday Kindergarten and all St. Louis families with children age 3 through grade 8, who attend a private school or homeschool, are invited to participate in this Domestic Church experience at a discounted rate.
- In a recent survey, 92% of our families informed us that due to required academic home study, they did not want ZOOM or synchronous sessions to be a requirement for their children’s formal faith formation. 68% of our families would like optional ZOOM opportunities.
- This Domestic Church option will be a completely asynchronous process, although optional ZOOM sessions will be offered for those who choose to participate.
- Attending gatherings in person at St. Louis will not be required.
- Optional family gatherings at St. Louis may possibly be offered as the year progresses.
- Opportunities to serve & love like Jesus will be offered often!
- Sacramental preparation for First Reconciliation and First Communion will be a separate process.
- Click on the Registration Link for tuition and registration information.
“The family is the domestic church…the home is the Church in miniature.”
(St. John Paul II)