Gather your parents for faith-sharing and conversation while their children are in faith formation classes!
These small group sessions for parents are about where the rubber meets the road: the challenges and joys of parenting today. Here is a great way your parish or school can accompany your parents as they fulfill their important vocation. Help your parents enter into meaningful conversations about how their faith informs their parenting and way of life and connect with other parents. In our experience, when you gather parents to discuss issues such as these, it's hard to get them to stop talking!
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Six small-group sessions for parents based on The Joy of Love
This small group series is about where the rubber meets the road: the challenges and joys of parenting today. Here is a great way your parish or school can accompany your parents as they fulfill their important vocation. Share Pope Francis' insights with your parents and help them enter into meaningful conversations about how their faith informs their parenting and way of life. In our experience, when you gather parents to discuss issues such as these, it's hard to get them to stop talking!
Ann Naffziger and Paul Canavese draw from their own experience as parents and pastoral leaders, gently raising questions but remaining clear that parents need to discern how God is leading them to make decisions for their own family.
The six topics are:
- Imperfect Parenting & Healthy Limits
- Teaching Goodness
- Children's Rights and Responsibilities
- Sexuality & Loving Our Bodies
- Passing on Faith
- An Expanding Love
Gather your parents while their children are in their religious education classes, schedule “Parents' Nights,” or help your parents gather together in their homes to use this resource.
Paul & Ann married in 2004, when they committed to a common rule of life. They live in Alameda, California with their daughters Madeleine (10) & Rachel (7), and five chickens. Their family operates their mini-urban farm, loves to bike around town, and find creative ways to build community in their neighborhood. They do their best to navigate parenthood based on Gospel values.
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Ann Naffziger has her MDiv from the Jesuit School of Theology and MA in Biblical Languages from the Graduate Theological Union, both in Berkeley. Ann has worked in a variety of parish roles, as well as serving as a hospital chaplain, spiritual director, scripture instructor, and adjunct faculty member at the Jesuit School of Theology at Santa Clara University. She has written articles in the field of spirituality and scripture for America, BustedHalo.com, Commonweal, The National Catholic Reporter, Spiritual Life: A Journal of Contemplative Spirituality, and other publications. Ann is the author of The Catholic Way, annual Advent & Lent bookets, and a variety of other pastoral resources published by The Pastoral Center, which she co-directs with her husband Paul Canavese. She is also a Master Gardener and girls' softball coach. She lives in Alameda, CA, with her husband and two daughters.
Paul Canavese serves as director of The Pastoral Center (PastoralCenter.com), author, frequent conference speaker, and pastoral consultant. He has his MTS from the Franciscan School of Theology in Berkeley. He directs GrowingUpCatholic.com (focused on coaching parents) and GospelLiving.org ("intentional daily life Catholicism"). He has served in a wide range of parish ministries, most recently as a pastoral consultant at Corpus Christi Parish in Piedmont, CA. Paul also has 20 years of experience in software development and management with technology startups and social media. Along with his wife Ann, two daughters, and seven chickens, he lives in Alameda, CA, where they operate a mini-urban farm and looks for creative ways to build community in their neighborhood.