WHAT IS STRONG CATHOLIC FAMILIES, STRONG CATHOLIC YOUTH?
Strong Catholic Families, Strong Catholic Youth (SCF, SCY) is an intentional, on-going process that seeks to unite parents and the parish community in supporting, building-up, and bringing home the faith. The SCF, SCY process is an answer to evangelize the hearts of parents and parishes so that Jesus Christ can be the reason for our coming and goings in this life and provide the tools to live a life of holiness in faith, hope, and charity!
WHAT DOES THIS PROCESS LOOK LIKE?
The Strong Catholic Families, Strong Catholic Youth process should consist of four steps that are progressive and cyclical: Step One, inquiry and assessment between Diocesan representatives and representatives from the parish/school meet to discern the appropriate ways to engage the culture of said parish/school; Step Two, parent/parishioner engagement, ranging from prayer and discussion together to formal presentations and programs, to address the needs and necessities desired; Step Three, parent/parishioner and team reflections, to address the "how" to bring about the desired change and; Step Four, partnering with parents/parishioners, to implement these new strategies and continue to assess if needs are being met by repeating the above steps with a team of dedicated and representative leaders to maintain the process of support and engagement and development of the faith-life of the people.
HOW CAN MY PARISH OR SCHOOL GET STARTED?
1. Pray! Be a model of the SCF, SCY process by intentionally living your life as a witness and disciple of Jesus Christ and practice intentionally growing and living your faith with your family and friends and encouraging them to do the same!
2. Talk to your pastor and principal about your desire for having the people of the parish/school to be living a deeper, more active faith-life.
3. Encourage parish/school leadership and volunteer leaders to come together and form a team to begin discernment and discussion about bringing a greater intentionality of discipleship to the people of the parish/school.
4. Listen, engage, and form relationships so that the desired change may come about.
For questions about Strong Catholic Families, Strong Catholic Youth and about how to bring this process to your parish or school, please contact Tim McNamara at