Catechetical Fairs: Family, The Missing Piece of Catechesis


by Shelly Bole, Director of Catechesis

Saturday August 26, 9am-1pm, Catholic Center, Shreveport
Sunday August 27, 1:30pm-5:30pm  St. Paschal, West Monroe
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The 2017 Catechetical Fairs this year will focus on engaging families and parents in the faith formation of their children. Dr. Joseph White, sponsored by Our Sunday Visitor, will be the keynote speaker.  Dr. White will discuss some of the obstacles families face today as well as five ways in which catechists can involve parents in the formation of their child. Pope Francis reminds us that “families are not a problem; they are first and foremost an opportunity.”  (Amoris Laetitia #7)

This event is not only for catechists/parents of school-aged children, but for those who work with adults as well. When we think of “family,” our minds tend to go immediately to the picture of parents and children. Family is so much bigger than that. Family includes those non-biological children and adults in our lives who hold very special places, and our church family.

Remember the saying, “It takes a village?”  The Catholic Church believes the parish/church is that village and that we all share responsibility in encouraging the faith in our young as well as each other.  Please join us as we embark on this important conversation.
Books from specific publishers will be available for purchase and/or preview.

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Catechetical Fair Includes Session for Parents/Catechists for Persons with Special Needs

Recently, I was visiting with some parents who have children with special needs which either limited or prohibited their participation in traditional PSR/Faith Formation and sometimes the Sacraments.  I shared with them some of the initiatives publishers have taken to assist catechists and parents in forming persons with special needs or disabilities. They had no idea these resources were available, and I had no idea that they weren’t aware of them!  These two moms, Renita Scott and Wendy McDearmont, decided the three of us were going to do something about this huge void in our church ministries.

Our first initiative is to invite parents of and catechists for special needs children/teens to the Catechetical Fairs.  Following the theme of the Fairs: “Families, the Missing Piece in Catechesis,” we will be offering a special breakout session for parents and catechists, presenting the different resources/initiatives that are now available and how to use them both in faith formation settings and at home.

If you are a parent of a special needs child/teen or know someone who desires their special child to know Jesus, please join us at the Catechetical Fairs.  You may register at  or contact Shelly Bole at 318-219-7302,  All are welcome: grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles, spiritual companions, Catholic and non-Catholic. Pre-registration is required.  $15 registration fee.

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