FORMING THE FAMILY PODCAST
Why are we doing this?
In light of the current situation in the world, as we try to follow every necessary precaution, we recognize that our formation can’t simply stop (nor should it). St. Anthony Youth Ministry has been working to brainstorm different ways to encourage, equip, and support parents in their role as their children’s primary teachers of the faith, and to engage our young people even while we cannot meet.
What is our plan?
We’re going to be recording short podcast episodes to help accompany some easy activities that can be done at home by just our young people, but ideally, by our youth and parents (or the whole family!). Our episodes will not act as the only source of formation or direction, but as a companion to the short prayer and discussion activities we’ll be sending out. If your family listens to the podcast and does the activity together you'll be finished in about 45 minutes. Each week has a corresponding video on Life Teen’s YouTube channel, where you can hear more about the theme of the scripture readings with which you'll be discussing and praying. Our podcast will serve as an additional commentary on the readings, encouraging discussion and conversation for your family as you pray together at home.
Our hope in doing this is that all of our young people (from our 5th graders to our 12th graders), as well as their families, will continue to be in union with the Church by praying through the Sunday readings at home. Lent is an amazing and rich time for our Sunday Mass readings, especially as we get closer to Easter, so we pray that all families can be unified spiritually with the Body of Christ and with one another.
When will this be released?
Our plan is to have all the materials sent out and posted here (PDF of activity, link to YouTube video, podcast published on platforms) on Thursday afternoons. This gives you and your family time to read, discuss, and pray together before Sunday Masses.
How can I access this podcast?
You can now access the first Episode of Forming the Family Podcast by clicking on the 'EPISODE 01: 4th Sunday in Lent' button below, or the Spotify and Soundcloud icons. Also below is a link to access the accompanying Episode 01 handout and the Life Teen video.