Pastoral Day

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Date(s) - Oct 24
10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Holy Spirit Center


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Pastoral Day: Engaging Today’s Parents—Forming Family Faith
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Holy Spirit Center
10:00am – 3:00pm

“How precious is the family as the privileged place for transmitting the faith!”
Pope Francis, July 26, 2014 

Today’s Catholic parents are unique and very different from preceding generations. Brought up in the post-Vatican II Church, they view faith, Church and spirituality in new ways. Yet studies show that parents are still the most crucial influence on the faith of their children. Our Church has made family faith formation a priority. The Engaging Today’s Parents—Forming Family Faith workshop will share effective ways in which parish communities are engaging parents and helping families grow in faith together. People who are in the role of parenting children, youth and young adults deserve our support as they strive to share faith at home and participate as families in our parishes. This workshop will provide parish and Catholic school leaders with:

  • A better understanding of today’s parents;
  • Strategies for reaching out to this new breed of parents;
  • Ways to support parents in deepening their own faith;
  • Strategies to strengthen family faith at home and in the parish;
  • Ways to involve parents in faith formation, sacramental preparation, and youth ministry;
  • Strategies for engaging families through technology;
  • Strategies for motivating families to do service and outreach together.


Meet our Presenter, Tom East

Tom is the Director of the Center for Ministry Development, Project Coordinator for Youth Ministry Services, and Coordinator of the Certificate Program in Youth Ministry Studies. Tom holds a Master of Arts degree in Religious Studies from Mount St. Mary’s College in Los Angeles.  Previously, Tom was the Director of Youth Ministry and the Associate Director of Religious Education for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.  Tom is author for numerous books and resources including Leadership for Catholic Youth Ministry (TwentyThird Publications, 2013).




RSVP Your “Yes” To Bonnie Bezousek, Director of Catechesis and Catholic School, or 907-297-7732


Pastoral Day 2018


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