Learning Together

It isn’t easy to teach your children the basics of virtue and character, and the fundamentals of the Catholic Faith. But together with other like-minded parents, it can be fun and effective.

The purpose of Family Catechism is to join families together in a welcoming setting to carry out the common task of faith formation and to build fraternity.

In 1988, a group of London and area parents began meeting to live out their mission as primary educators. There are now 11 locations where this same initiative actively continues.

Purpose of Family Catechism

Through Family Catechism, parents and students alike learn about their Catholic faith while forging quality friendships built upon sharing a common mission (“…to become a community of life and love… and reflect God’s love in the world…” Familiaris Consortio, 17).

The purpose of Family Catechism is to join together to carry out the common task of family faith formation in a welcoming environment to build up acommunity of strengthened families.

About Family Catechism

Family Catechisms meet every other Saturday or Sunday (depending on the location) from October to April for a morning of learning and community. Participants divide into age-specific classes (including a High School and Adult class) and are taught on matters of the Catholic Faith and Catholic Culture. Teachers are fellow parents and peers, using teaching material which has complete adherence to the Magisterium of the Catholic Church. (Refer Subscribing Principles – below)

Family Catechism Involves

  • Classes for all ages including High School and Adult
  • Family Networking and Support
  • Service Projects
  • Catholic Cultural Development



To assist our Family Catechism Families in their class preparation and their own personal formation, Family Foundations Institute has purchased a subscription to the online Catholic resource platform called Formed, found at
We encourage you to follow the following instructions to create your own personal formed platform to enhance your further formation in the Catholic Faith. Formed sign up instructions.


Beginning in London, Family Catechism has grown and now takes place in several cities! FFI supports Family Catechisms in the following locations:

  • London – St. Marguerite d’Youville School
  • Stratford – St Ambrose Separate School
  • Sarnia – St. Patrick’s High School
  • Toronto – Northmount Academy
  • Mississauga – St. Clements Elementary School
  • Markham – TBD
  • Peterborough – Wayside
  • Brockville
  • Hamilton
  • Calgary – La Cite de Rocheuses
  • Tillsonburg – St Mary’s Parish

Contact us to find the Family Catechism closest to you or the best way to participate in this means of formation.

Online Registration is available for the following locations:




Register for Stratford Family Catechism by completing this Stratford Registration Form and sending to Website

Seven Subscribing Principles of Family Catechism:


  1. Complete adherence to the teachings of the Magisterium of the Roman Catholic Church and the Pope.
  2. Acceptance of the right and duty of parents to be the primary educators of their children.
  3. This formational enterprise is a lay endeavour – not clerical.
  4. Instruction will not criticize clergy. Instruction will support clear teaching of the Roman Catholic Church in a positive manner.
  1. Parents and their children take part in this endeavour. Parents participate either as instructors or as participants in a parent formation class thereby demonstrating that they have an active and living faith. 
  2. The framework of the teaching enterprise is a community effort. As such, a fraternal bond and social interaction between families is to be fostered.
  3. There is a joyful duty of apostolate for individuals and the group to follow the Holy Father’s call to evangelize.