Fully Alive is a Family Life Education program sponsored by the Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario (ACBO). The first edition of Fully Alive was published between 1988 and 1992 with updates starting in 2006 and 2012.
Catholic Family Life Education is closely associated with Religious Education. In Ontario Catholic schools, it accounts for 20% of the Religious Education program, and is usually taught once a week. Family Life Education, as it is represented in Fully Alive, is intended to pass on a distinctively Catholic view of human life, sexuality, marriage, and family. Its goal is to complement the efforts of families and to support what parents are doing at home. The entire program, from Grades 1 through Grade 8 is designed to encourage children to become the people God wants them to be — to be fully alive.
Fully Alive is designed to provide children and their families an opportunity to reflect on and be guided by the wisdom drawn from Christian human experience. Its focus is on the ordinary experiences of daily life—family relationships, friendships, marriage, birth, death, joys, and disappointments. Much of the writing in the Wisdom books of the Old Testament reflects this desire to teach the art of daily living.
Fully Alive parent resources are available on the Institute of Catholic Education (ICE) website.
For more information on the Fully Alive program please contact your local Catholic School Board.
Growing in Faith, Growing in Christ
Growing in Faith, Growing in Christ is a Religious Education program sponsored by the Catholic Bishops of Ontario, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and the Northwest Territories and developed in collaboration with Catholic educators from across Canada.
The program is based on the Catholic Elementary Curriculum Policy Document for Religious Education, Grades 1-8, which has been approved by the aforementioned Catholic Bishops and Regional Assemblies of Bishops. It reflects the content of faith expressed in the Catechism of the Catholic Church and follows the rationale and methodology of the General Directory for Catechesis.
The Growing in Faith, Growing in Christ program is organized into units which follow the cycle of the liturgical year.
For more information on the Growing in Faith, Growing in Christ program please contact your local Catholic School Board.