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Faith Formation during vacation

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As the end of another academic year approaches, all of us at the Archdiocese of Boston's Office of Religious Education celebrate the successes and accomplishments of the past school year. With more than 112,000 young people participating in parish-based religious education programs, our responsibility to hand on the Catholic faith is a large and holy undertaking. We are indebted to pastors, parish catechetical leaders, and thousands of volunteer catechists who carry out this sacred duty.

Though busy families may look forward to a vacation from drop off and pick up duties, parish religious education staff and volunteers use this respite from classes to plan for next year. Learning and growing in the Catholic faith never stops, least of all for children. The primary place for faith development is in the family where parents are their children's first and most long-lasting religious education teachers. Parents are not alone in this work -- parishes partner with parents in the faith formation of youngsters. During the summer months, when children and teenagers are not in school, families have a special opportunity to nurture the faith in family life. After conversations with parish catechetical leaders, we offer a few suggestions to parents to help them continue their family's faith formation:

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