We’re moving into our 2nd year of the change to Family Faith Formation from the standard classroom based RE. I was wondering how the program is working at your parish (if you use it), how much is costs and if parents are really pushing to go back to the classroom.
I know for us it was a tough decisision to stay at this parish for RE. The family program didn’t work at all for us (we only have one Catholic parent in our household). The kids really struggled with it and said they missed going to class on Wed. We actually switched to this parish just for the RE program they had prior to the family program. It was expensive but the conveniece of it made the program well worth it.
They made the change without really asking for any feedback from parents, and the feedback they did get I think got ignored. I know that many (most?) parents want to go back to the classroom based program and are really upset that the price wasn’t reduced when the program was changed. We see it as now since the parents have to do the work of teaching and they attend class as one group, there’s now added family days that need to be attended, there’s no more busing the kids over from the public school and no more meal…what exactly are we paying for?
We struggled with the decision, but ended up only signing up one child for RE this year. If we would have signed up both, it would have cost us $300 (with the 1st communion year costing $50 more than a non-sacrament year).
So TLDR version - If your parish has a version of family faith formation instead of classroom; how is it working out - are parents asking for the classroom back - does the DRE seem to listen, and maybe most important of all…is it as expensive as it is where we’re at??