Frequently Asked Questions
If we want to begin family ministry, do you have any recommendations for first steps using your program?
We recommend starting with the new families that are coming in for the first time. Change is hard, especially if you are used to the rhythm of something. You can also add one of our resources alongside what you are currently doing and see what kind of fruit it bears. If families are moved by the experience as many have been they might be more open to a change in structure.
Can we do parts/pieces of the suite?
Pathways can be implemented in many different ways. Whether you are ready to overhaul your entire program or are wanting to take steps toward a more family focused ministry, we can help you develop a path that will work in your concrete situation. All of our materials have been designed to work together, while they can also be implemented separately. You can implement our resources however you see best, creating a path that is best for your situation.
Are your resources on the USCCB Conformity list?
We reached out to the chair of the USCCB Subcommittee on the Catechism that creates the conformity list and asked for them to review our materials. In short, they responded that they only review basal student texts and since our materials are parent and family focused they are not eligible at this time for the review process. They are in the process of transitioning their review process and want us to stay in touch as they affirm the direction we are moving in. The USCCB does not endorse any of the materials it reviews, it simply invites publishers to voluntarily submit their materials for review in order to be listed on the USCCB site. They review whether or not the text is in conformity with the Catechism. With all of that being said. Our Nourish and Mend programs have an imprimatur from our Bishop in Orange, which ensures that nothing in the text is out of conformity with the teachings of the Church. We are also a public association of the faithful in Orange with permission to create resources that promote doctrine. All of our texts are theologically reviewed as well. It is up to each local ordinary to make the decision on what materials are allowed to be used in their diocese. We are happy to submit any of our materials for your diocese to review if they would like.
Can we do this alongside or as supplemental to our current program?
You can implement our resources however you see best, creating a path that is best for your situation. They have been used as a supplemental family component to traditional classroom instruction in various parishes and schools.
What if there are multiple siblings in the same year/program?
All of our boxes come with enough supplies for a family of 7 for the activities that involve everyone. There are activities that are directed toward a certain family member in the sacramental preparation programs. If there are two or more siblings going through sacramental preparation in the same year we recommend getting an extra child pack for them so they can have their own supplies for those activities. They are available for a nominal cost. You do not need to get multiple boxes of the same program for a family.
What if there are multiple siblings in subsequent years?
Pathways is a whole family formation suite designed to move a family though a series of steps bring them into a life of active faith. A family with multiple children may only need to journey through the progressive formation once, while revisiting the immediate preparation that has a specific family member as a focus. We encourage the entire family to join for family meetings as each person brings a special perspective and presence. While each family is different, we do not recommend they participate in more than two of our programs at a given time. The interview process will better help you assess the needs and abilities of a family and tailor a path that is best for them.
What is the role of a catechist in this model?
The catechist remains an indispensable part of the journey, but is transitioned from someone who teaches in front of the room to someone who comes alongside parents and families. They become formators to those who form. Catechists accompany families along the journey and provide support for the parents to be successful in their call as the primary catechists. Sometimes that can be one on one and other times that can be facilitating a small group or parish event.
How many boxes would a family be doing at a time?
While each family is different, we do not recommend they participate in more than two of our programs at a given time. Most of our family meetings are designed to last for 20-40 minutes. The interview process will better help you assess the needs and abilities of a family and tailor a path that is best for them.
Are the materials available in Spanish?
At this time Mend and Nourish are available as a bilingual resource in English and Spanish in physical and digital forms. Due to limited resources and support staff we are unable to translate and support the rest of our resources in Spanish. We hope to be able to accommodate this need in the future.
Are there meetings at Church? How do you build community?
All of our resources have an at church component even if the majority of the catechesis is happening in the home. Community is essential in the life of the Church and we desire for families to gather often to support one another. The premier weekly gathering is Sunday Mass. It is our prayer that as families fall in love with Jesus and their community that they would hunger to live in a weekly communion available to them at the Mass.
When can we expect the resources/delivery/shipping times?
All pre-orders received before June will be guaranteed and ready to ship in July. Regular orders received after May will be processed as they are received. If the resource is in stock, we can usually get them out to you within a week. If it is out of stock, our lead times average about 6 weeks. We will do our best to get you your order when you need it. Please be sure to include the date you need the resources in hand on your order. Our digital resources can be up and running in your parish within a week. We ship all of our group orders with UPS ground from California. The average transit time is 1-5 days. The cost of shipping will be added to your invoice.
Is the $10 Martha cost for one family for one year?
It is $10 per login for Martha. Ordinarily one family can share one login to Martha and access all of the various materials. In some cases parishes would like each child or parent to have their own login. These would need to be purchased in addition.
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