EARLY CATHOLIC FAMILY LIFE PROGRAM (ECFL)
Do you desire assistance in bringing the Catholic faith to your preschoolers? Are you looking for ways to develop the spirituality that your children were given at baptism? The Early Catholic Family Life (ECFL) program offers assistance to parents seeking to pass on the faith to their children.
ECFL is a parent-child program developed through the archdiocese and sponsored by the Office for Marriage, Family & Life, which is aimed at an underserved but essential part of all parishes – parents with children 0-5 years old.
History of the Early Catholic Family Life Program (ECFL)
Alan and Joanne Foley founded the ECFL program in 2000. They developed this program in response to a concern by parents that the Early Childhood Family Education program lacked Catholic spirituality. Pilot programs were started in St. Bernard’s Parish in Saint Paul, MN and St. Michael’s in Prior Lake, MN.
In 2007, a bilingual team translated the Early Catholic Family Life Program in Español. The program was piloted at Sagrado de Corazón and Santo Rosario. Since that time, we have had two additional training sessions in Spanish and will now be offering this training to the Latino-Hispanic community yearly.
Here are just a few of the comments from the participants of the Latino-Hispanic training session:
“In a personal way, it helped me to think what I am doing with my own children and the potential of what I can do for them. I also like the idea of what I can do to help other parents"
"It gave us ideas on how to teach the Catholic faith to our little one"
“It would be good to share it with more parishes!”
"It was beautiful, because it shared with us God's Word and how to get closer to him"
The ECFL program continues to expand in the Archdiocese. More importantly, it continues to bring more and more parents and their pre-school children to Christ and into deeper relationships with one another, with the Church and with the parish community.
Modeled after the highly successful public school program for parents and small children, Early Childhood Family Education, ECFL brings young families together in the parish to learn from the program and from each other, what the Church teaches about bringing children into the life of the Church from the earliest stages.
Goals of the Early Catholic Family Life Program
For More Information
If your parish is looking for a program that fills the gap between Baptism and First Communion and has proven to be successful, the Early Catholic Family Life program is what you are looking for.
If you would like more information about the program or how to start it in your parish, please contact us.
ALL IN GOD'S PLAN (AIGP)
All in God's Plan (AIGP) is a three-part program offered at various stages of development for children and their mothers, fathers, parents, guardians, or other strong role models in their lives.
Each program is age specific and appropriate and intended to assist families in teaching youth about God's gift of human sexuality and the sacredness of human life, along with the importance of the family. These programs are designed to help parents be the teachers in these important areas of life. The programs foster communication between the child and the parent and reinforce the positives of life; life which is given to us by God.
This is a three-part program for children and their parents. Each program is age-specific and intended to assist families in teaching youth about God's gift of human sexuality and the sacredness of human life, along with the importance of family. These programs are designed to foster communication between the child and the parent and to reinforce a positive family life.
AIGP classes are held at parishes throughout the Archdiocese from Fall though Spring. Updated schedules are posted under Related Content below when classes are offered, so check back often!
SINGLE PARENTS OF THE ARCHDIOCESE OF SAINT PAUL AND MINNEAPOLIS (SPA)
Are you a single parent looking for a supportive, hopeful, welcoming and a safe place to get information, and ideas? The Archdiocesan Office for Marriage, Family & Life offers the following resources:
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