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Welcome to Pflaum’s Gospel Weeklies Family Catechesis for Grandparents! It is a privilege for me to be with you on this very special journey that we share as grandparents. We also will be venturing together on how we can pass on our Catholic faith both formally and informally to our grandchildren.
I hope you have had a chance to view the webinar where I explain the basis and benefits for grandparents who have a role in the faith formation of their grandchildren. I am pleased to offer the support you may need to take on that role.
As you can see in the catechetical materials, the people at Pflaum offer a comprehensive program for each lesson. The lessons are vibrant and, most important, are based on next Sunday’s Gospel. As you will see, I offer you additional tips and ideas for a grandparent to carry out the lesson. I am sure you will be able to share your own ideas as well. There also will be the opportunity for you to reflect on the Gospel and other teachings for yourself, so that you can feel immersed in the Gospel and the teachings before you actually meet with your grandchildren.
Thank you for responding to the invitation to recognize your honorable place in the family. Thank you as well for realizing that you can offer so much to your family in not only what you already do as a parent/grandparent but also as a disciple in handing on the faith. Pope Francis has made known his support and declarations of honor for us. He has reminded us that we can still bear much fruit.
I pray that this experience blesses you and those you love as you continue to nurture those most important relationships you have been given. May the Holy Spirit fill you with graced moments and may we remain living signs of God’s loving presence to our children and grandchildren.
Peace and Blessings,
Marylin T. Kravatz-Toolan, Ph.D., has served and continues to serve in the catechetical ministry of the Church and in the field of religious education. Most recently, Dr. Kravatz-Toolan held the position as the Executive Director of the Online Graduate Programs in Religious Education as well as Associate Professor in Religious Studies and Religious Education at Felician University in Lodi, NJ. Dr. Kravatz-Toolan holds a B.A, in the humanities with a concentration in Religious Studies and Philosophy from Dominican College in Blauvelt, N.Y., an M.A. in Religious Studies from the Institute of Religious Studies, St. Joseph’s Seminary, Dunwoodie, NY., and a Ph.D. in Religious Education from Fordham University, Bronx, N.Y. She has been a Parish Catechetical Leader for the Archdiocese of New York and Regional Director for the Office of Faith Formation in the Diocese of Charlotte, NC. A published author, Dr. Kravatz-Toolan also serves as an independent educator/teacher for catechist training and formation as well as a keynote presenter on church-related and ministerial issues for parishes and dioceses. She is the proud mother of five adult children and the grateful grandmother to eleven children/teens ranging in ages 5-18 years old.