Early Catholic Family Life
What is Early Catholic Family Life?
ECFL was developed by Joanne and Alan Foley with the help of the Office of Marriage, Family and Life of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, EARLY CATHOLIC FAMILY LIFE (ECFL). It’s an exciting parent and child program that emphasizes the importance of putting faith at the center of family life. It is an excellent way to bring parents with young children into the life of the parish and to assist them to develop the spirituality their children were given at baptism.
ECFL is a parent-child program aimed at an underserved but essential part of all parishes – parents with children 0-5 years old.
ECFL is an eight session 2-hour class. Classes can be offered weekly, monthly, on week days, weekends or during evening hours. Each class includes early childhood, faith-based and fun activities for families.
ECFL consists of a Parent-Child interaction component, a Circle Time, a Children’s Time and a Parent Discussion time.
ECFL gives parents an opportunity to learn more about their Catholic faith, discuss faith with other adults, and build supportive relationships within the parish.
What does each session of the ECFL Program look like?
“This Class was a great experience. It really helped us open up and talk about how we are going to live out our faith with the kids.”
During the first hour of each session, Parents and Children interact in Faith-based activities. This play-together time ends with a teacher-lead circle. During the second hour of the session the children and the parents separate. The parents take part in the Parent Discussion Time while their children continue on in the early childhood classroom with a trained adult volunteer leader and assistants in The Child Play Together Time.
Parishes with ECFL Programs
Nativity Catholic Church
Program Dates from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
- September 24th, 2022
- October 1st, 2022
- October 8th, 2022
- October 15th, 2022
- October 29th, 2022
- November 5th, 2022
- November 12th, 2022
- November 19th, 2022
Coordinator & Administrator: Jo Ann Elder
Early Childhood Leader: Liliana Morales
St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church
- September 25th, 2022
- October 30th, 2022
- November 2022 (TBD)
- December 2022 (TBD)
- January 2023 (TBD)
- February 2023 (TBD)
- March 2023 (TBD)
- April 2023 (TBD)
Coordinator & Administrator: Lori Reinneck
Parent Discussion Leader: Karen Falbo
Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church
Program to start on January 7th, 2023
Coordinator & Administrator : Miranda Tempel
St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church
Program to start in January or February 2023
Coordinator & Administrator: Kristina Blair
St. Isaac Jogues
Program to start in Spring of 2023
Coordinator & Administrator: Mike Baker
Holy Family Catholic Church
Program to start in Fall of 2023
Coordinator & Administrator :Nora Carbone
Early Childhood Leader: Debbie Hynes