Parish Faith Formation
The Diocese of Buffalo, under the leadership of Bishop Richard J. Malone, presents a vision of faith formation that is on-going and lifelong - the goal of which is to form disciples. Striving to be faithful to the great commission of Jesus Christ, to "go make disciples," parish faith formation programs in the Diocese of Buffalo use the 2017 document, Forming Disciples, as their curriculum guide. This document provides the age appropriate content outlines, faithful to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and the framework needed for each parish to customize their program format in a way that meets the needs of their parish. While this allows for some diversity in program implementation, every parish faith formation program must strive to incorporate the following:
- engagement of the family including at-home support for growth of the faith;
- intentional connections to the life of the parish aligned with learning standards;
- age-appropriate (incl. families) service that provides adequate theological reflection;
- integration of the digital platform and small group experiences.
The implementation of Forming Disciples is a long-term process to invite Catholics of all ages into a relationship with Jesus Christ through the family and the parish faith community. Each parish is on their own implementation timeline. Some are making significant changes in format for the 2017-18 year, others are planning enhancements which involve the whole parish; while others are continuing to review the document and consult with planners. The Department of Lifelong Faith Formation is working with each parish to support their process of renewal and planning. Due to copyright limitations, the curriculum cannot be posted online, therefore, please contact your pastor or faith formation leader to learn more about the guidelines and your parish's plans.
If you have other questions about parish faith formation, please contact us!