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The Mission of Catholic Families

Parents are the "primary educators" of their children
 
One of the joys of parenting is passing on our Faith to our children. As Pope John Paul II has told us, parents are the “primary educators” of their children.


“Start by making your own home a place where happiness and love abound, through your love for each member of your family and for your neighbor. Try to put in the hearts of your children a love for home. Make them long to be with their families. So much sin could be avoided if our people really love their homes.”- Mother Teresa

Holy Family School seeks to affirm and support the God given mission of our parents.  Read what our Catechism of the Catholic Church says about raising our children in the faith. 

As long as a child lives at home with his parents, the child should obey his parents in all that they ask of him when it is for his good or that of the family. "Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord."22 Children should also obey the reasonable directions of their teachers and all to whom their parents have entrusted them. But if a child is convinced in conscience that it would be morally wrong to obey a particular order, he must not do so.

As they grow up, children should continue to respect their parents. They should anticipate their wishes, willingly seek their advice, and accept their just admonitions. Obedience toward parents ceases with the emancipation of the children; not so respect, which is always owed to them. This respect has its roots in the fear of God, one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. CCC 2217

 

Parents must regard their children as children of God and respect them as human persons. Showing themselves obedient to the will of the Father in heaven, they educate their children to fulfill God's law. CCC 2222

 

Parents have the first responsibility for the education of their children. They bear witness to this responsibility first by creating a home where tenderness, forgiveness, respect, fidelity, and disinterested service are the rule. The home is well suited for education in the virtues. This requires an apprenticeship in self-denial, sound judgment, and self-mastery - the preconditions of all true freedom. Parents should teach their children to subordinate the "material and instinctual dimensions to interior and spiritual ones."31 Parents have a grave responsibility to give good example to their children. By knowing how to acknowledge their own failings to their children, parents will be better able to guide and correct them:

          He who loves his son will not spare the rod. . . . He who disciplines his                son will profit by him.32

Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. 33 CCC 2221

 

You can read more at http://www.vatican.va/archive/ccc_css/archive/catechism/p3s2c2a4.htm