"The families responded very positively," said Robert Sherwin, managing director of the Office for Evangelization and Faith Formation.
"The policy oversees formal faith formation, or catechesis, in the home, no matter the reason that the family chooses to catechize at home
"The Policy for Religious Formation in the Home does not govern academic subjects."
A workshop was held in February to introduce the policy and assist families and parishes in implementing it.
"The Policy for Religious Formation in the Home continues to confirm that the faith formation of children is a partnership between the diocese, the parish and parents," Sherwin
Sherwin said the church teaches that families are the first and foremost educators in the faith and that the bishop is the chief teacher in his diocese.
The policy describes the catechetical roles and responsibilities of the bishop, pastors and parents - according to Canon Law - as well as how they interact, he
noted the policy is not designed to overwhelm parents, but support them.
"The diocese and its parishes want to help and support their efforts in catechizing their children," he
said the diocese supports families in several ways.
It educates them about appropriate sacramental preparation and the way in which families integrate their children with those in their parish.
"When it comes time, the children, no matter where they are catechized, come together to prepare and celebrate at the parish level," Sherwin
The diocese also gives guidance on textbooks and supplemental resources and provides certification training.
"If you're doing formal catechesis in parishes, Catholic schools or homes in the Diocese of Greensburg
, you have to be trained and certified," Sherwin
And the semi-annual diocesan meetings are a significant way to support the families in their work, he
is willing to discuss creative ways to assist with the certification process."