8. How does Chosen engage parents and families?
We realize that no matter how gifted a teacher is and now matter how great any particular resource may be, nothing and no one can take the place of a parent. For this reason, Chosen offers a comprehensive Parent’s Guide with tips and suggestions for parents about how to talk to and engage their child throughout their journey.
We realize that Confirmation not only provides a unique, once-in-a lifetime opportunity to reach teens—it also provides the chance to connect with and possibly rekindle the faith of their parents.
So, while the Parent’s Guide was written to provide information and direction for parents to guide and encourage their child during the program, we also seek to evangelize and challenge parents to grow in their own faith life. In addition to offering suggested questions and topics of discussion for all twenty-four lessons, parents will find the Top Ten Catholic Questions, an appendix of classic Catholic prayers, and most importantly encouragement and tips on how to grow in their own faith as they witness the faith to their children.
Chosen also offers a detailed Parent Information Session, including a powerful 20-minute video presentation with author Chris Stefanick and presenter Fr. Mike Schmitz. This session gives teachers the opportunity to engage parents at the very beginning of the program, and gives parents the chance to show their children the importance they place on the program and preparing for the sacrament. A free download is available featuring an outline for the 60-minute session, instructions for preparing for and following up the session, and sample letters to parents. A short (5-minute) Invitation to Parents video from Chris Stefanick is also available, which encourages parents to be actively engaged and to attend the Information Session.