Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven. (Mt. 19: 14)
The family is, so to speak, the domestic church. In it parents should, by their word and example, be the first preachers of the faith to their children; they should encourage them in their vocation which is proper to each of them, fostering with special care a vocation to a sacred state. (Lumen Gentium #11)
In engaging the entire Christian family, we will use the opportunity to help parents become teachers of their children. Through targeted teaching materials for parents delivered appropriately, the Diocese can facilitate parents in assuming this God-given role. (Constitution on Teaching #16))
In 2018, Bishop Strickland mandated that parishes in the Diocese of Tyler utilize the Faith and Life Series from Ignatius Press. Student texts are available in both English and Spanish. These are the standard faith formation materials for grades 1-8, and they are utilized in our Faith Formation Online program as well.
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In order to serve the needs of parishes with diverse populations, the Director of Faith Formation has approved some additional programs for use in both systematic faith formation and sacramental formation. Click here for more information.
2019-2020 Faith and Life Teaching Webinars
Catechetical Specialist, Mikki Sciba, recorded a series of webinars in the diocese to help catechists with teaching tips for using the Faith and Life books.