Parents are the first teachers of their children in faith.
Family catechesis supports the ‘domestic church’ by assisting parents in leading
their own children in the lifelong call to follow Jesus within the community of the
‘With You Always’ - Restoring the Order of the Sacraments of Initiation
Archdiocesan Working party
“It has become clear through the discussions that simply restoring the order of the
sacraments will not address the issues that cause concern: a major change is needed
in the way we celebrate and bear witness to our faith through our sacramental practice.
Parents, as the ‘first and most important teachers of their children in the ways
of faith’ need the wholehearted support of all the baptized in this important ministry.
This will require a fundamental shift in our approach from merely delivering programmes
of preparation for the sacraments to developing opportunities for ongoing celebration
and formation for sacramental living. Within that context, the Working Party members
are especially concerned to ensure that what they propose will result in an increase
in the local church’s engagement with families and young people:.
The Archbishop took the decision to restore the order of the sacraments of initiation
and to introduce a family catechesis approach, supported by parishes and schools.