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.

 

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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

Contact Information:

Coordinator & Administrator: Jo Ann Elder

Early Childhood Leader: Liliana Morales

St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church

Program Dates:

  • September 25th, 2022
  • October 30th, 2022
  • November 2022 (TBD)
  • December 2022 (TBD)
  • January 2023 (TBD)
  • February 2023 (TBD)
  • March 2023 (TBD)
  • April 2023 (TBD)

Contact Information: 

Coordinator & Administrator: Lori Reinneck

Early Childhood Leaders: Sue HoeksemaGeorgia Langdon

Parent Discussion Leader: Karen Falbo

Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church

Program to start on January 7th, 2023

Contact Information:

Coordinator & Administrator : Miranda Tempel

Early Childhood Leaders: Nickolas TempelJillian Cleek

Parent Discussion Leader: Cory Cleek  & Anna Ware

St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church

Program to start in January or February 2023

Contact Information:

Coordinator & Administrator: Kristina Blair

Early Childhood Leaders:  Katie FrenchChristy Costantino

St. Isaac Jogues

Program to start in Spring of 2023

Coordinator & Administrator: Mike Baker

Early Childhood Leaders: Marisa ErhartJudy Newman

Parent Discussion Leaders: Clara WrightHillary Fliess

Holy Family Catholic Church

Program to start in Fall of 2023

Contact Information:

Coordinator & Administrator :Nora Carbone

Early Childhood Leader: Debbie Hynes