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Why Coach Parents? Leader Resource Kit

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Leader Resource Kit
Why Coach Parents?

This versatile kit gives you exactly what you need to help your leaders understand and become excited about the Coaching Parents approach. And we offer it as our gift to you!

These are the ideal resources for you to use within your parish or school to begin the process of shifting from "doing it for them" to "coaching them to do it themselves." The "it" here is forming their own kids with the faith of the church: passing that faith on to the next generation.

Use the resources in this kit with:

  • your pastor
  • your catechists
  • your pastoral staff and lay leaders
  • colleagues at other parishes
  • or even your bishop

Here's what is included:

Growing Up Catholic Summary - 2 page handout - by Paul Canavese

This is a quick, compelling introduction to coaching parents that even the busiest leader can appreciate. Great for busy pastors, and any other pastoral minister (we're all busy, aren't we?). Includes suggestions on getting started.

Catechesis & the Family - 2 page handout - by Paul Canavese

Quotations from a dozen Church documents expressing the Catholic Church's vision for parents forming their children in faith. This handout is especially helpful for those skeptical about this approach, but also a great reminder for us all about how foundational this vision is.

Family Goals - 4 page handout - by Paul Canavese

This document walks through four key goals in building households of faith: promoting the Bible, prayer, having supper, and faith-sharing in the home.

Why Coach Parents - 7 page article - by Bill Huebsch

In this powerful article, catechetical leader Bill Huebsch explains why we believe we must coach parents to take the lead role in forming their own children in faith. Using stories, insights from his extensive pastoral experience, and Church documents, Bill makes a case for this exciting vision for catechesis.

Coaching Parents Workshop Kit - 5 files - by The Pastoral Center team

Everything you need to hold your very own Coaching Parents workshop in your parish, deanery, or diocese. It includes a Powerpoint presentation, planning tool document, and handouts.

How to Form Families with Learning Centers - 9 page guide - by Paul Canavese

Whole Family Catechetical Planner - 78 pages - by Paul Canavese

PLUS a bunch of bonus resources you can start using with your families right away!

We're sharing this with you and your community as our gift because we are such strong believers in this vision.

This is a downloadable, reproducible product sold with a lifetime parish or school license. Please read the full license terms below.

Product License

This reproducible eResource is sold with a lifetime license for use within a parish, school, or diocesan office. You are allowed to make unlimited copies for use within your own community. You may also email these to members of your team or participants in your program. If you serve more than one parish or school, each should purchase its own license. You may not post our eResources to any web site without explicit permission to do so. Please contact us if you have any questions. Thank you for cooperating with our honor system regarding our product licenses.

Format: eResource
Product code: WHAR118
Dimensions: 8½" x 11"
The Pastoral Center
Written by Bill Huebsch


Bill Huebsch is an author, theologian, former director of religious education, and long-time Catholic publishing professional. He is also a husband, a widely-published and award-winning author, a gardener, a university professor, and a pretty qualified corkscrew operator. He has been a farmer, a marketing director, arts administrator, director of religious education, and diocesan administrator. Bill has published nearly thirty books as well as numerous articles, booklets, and screenplays.

Bill is the founder of the online Pastoral Center and past president of Twenty-Third Publications. Bill writes and teaches extensively on the catechetical mission of the Church and on the importance of continuing to implement the vision of the Second Vatican Council.

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    Posted by R. Kate Laferriere on Aug 28th 2023

    Provides concrete and easy to use explanations for parents and Catechists.