Our mission in Education for Parenting is to
articulate the sacredness of our parental
vocation, our calling from God to raise children
who are spiritually, emotionally, socially
healthy responsible Catholics with strong faith.
Education for Parenting is…
respecting the life of each individual through
giving us information about age-appropriate
behavior, normal development and family
dynamics, teaching skills of non-violent
discipline, communication and conflict
resolution in our family relationships, along
with creating support networks for us with other
Parents need this education…
because the supports within our families and
Catholic communities which, in the past, helped
our parents and grandparents to raise their
children have eroded.
Parents want the Church community to…
encourage and support us, in both spiritual and
practical ways. The ideal and most likely place
for this to happen is in the parish where we
parents can gather together to learn, pray
about, and with, our children, and strengthen
and support each other. Offering such education
and support requires preparation of leaders to
make this happen within our parishes.
In order to offer these Education for Parenting
Ministry activities we need itinerant teachers
and parish based leaders who are well versed in
the “who, what, when, where why and how” of
providing these services and teaching the
Archdiocesan curricula material. Each year we
provide training and follow-up for potential
Education for Parenting Leadership Training…
is designed to train and motivate prospective
leaders to provide this education and support to
parents in their communities. The training will
also benefit those whose work or ministry
involves relating to, or working with parents.
Any individuals who desire family, personal or
professional enrichment are also welcome.
Leadership Training consists of three
non-consecutive Saturdays of training from 10am
until 5pm. These sessions provide information,
resources and workshop curricula materials.
Offering a personal, intellectual and spiritual
experience, they are conducted in a relaxed and
informal atmosphere involving group interaction.
Site and Dates of Training
- Education for Parenting
Leadership Training are on hold until a new
Parenting Coordinator is in place.
Leadership Follow-Up: “The Parenting Network”
Belonging to the wider world of this ministry
beyond the limitations of personal knowledge,
our own family experiences, and the local parish
program, is important for our continued
motivation and maintaining a Spirit-filled
perspective. For this reason……
The Parenting Network…
is a vehicle for staying connected with the
larger ministry, offering a special workshop in six different regions
throughout the school year. We meet together
with leaders from other local parishes for a
session that provides an opportunity to network
with others from parishes in the same county
that have Education for Parenting programs. We
get to know each other and some spiritual
nurturing is created for us as leaders as we
pray together and learn about a new topic.
Sometimes we exchange information about our
experiences leading parenting groups. The topic in
2012-2013 is: to be determined.
The Parenting Network
- Leaders and Directors Planning
are held as spring turns into summer, in
regional locations. They are opportunities to
debrief the just completed programs and get
ideas to plan next season’s.
with the coordinator is available by visit to
the parish, or via telephone or e-mail.
- Gratitude for….
involvement in the ministry is expressed in an
Advent/Christmas Reflection. This
is a mini-day of recollection for you, followed
by Liturgy at noon and then
Centers & Programs
to download a PDF file
listing all the ongoing parenting programs in
the Archdiocese, arranged by county.
There's a program near you!
If it should happen that there isn't a
program near you, please contact our office
to help you get one started. Please call 646) 794-3185.
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Day- Celebrate Family
Day – A Day to Eat Dinner with Your
September 24th, by joining parents all
across the country in logging onto
www.CASAFamilyDay.org to take the
Family Day STAR Pledge to commit to:
time with your kids by having dinner
to them about their friends, interests
and the dangers of drugs and alcohol
their questions and listen to what they
that YOU have the power to keep your
Dinner Makes a
- Click here to download a
Family Day Online Kit
here for the
Archdiocese of New York Flyer for
Family Day - A Day to Eat Dinner with
Flyer in Spanish