Tuesday, April 5, 2016
It all depends on the priest. What Father wants, Father gets. What Father doesn't want doesn't happen. The Bear does not know where these parishes are where priests have been reduced to lackeys of the parish council, but it sure isn't his parish.
It seems like the new, name-brand evangelical outfits have a lot going on. They have "ministries" that people are involved in. They appear, from the outside, at least, to be pretty successful at forming an evangelical identity and being busy. Why can't Catholics do the same thing?
Someone got boxes full of Matthew Kelley's "Rediscovering Catholicism." Everyone in the parish was encouraged to take one. It wasn't bad, sort of like a Catholic motivational book. But where's the follow-up? Sometimes we go to the Newman Center on a holy day of obligation. There was an excellent book on the Bible, free for the taking, from Lighthouse Media. It was a great book, but unless it is a springboard to a small group Bible study, what's the point?
People used to be joiners. Kiwanis. Knights of Columbus, the Altar and Rosary Society (until it was changed to "The Women's Club"').
The objections vary: "nobody wants to volunteer," or "there aren't enough young people," or "parents with kids all drive over to the parish with the Catholic school and do stuff." The parish does skew alarmingly old, but that doesn't mean there are no younger people. The Bear supposes you can't expect much when people are stampeding toward the door right after receiving Holy Communion.
There are few problems he is not confident of solving with his Bearish cunning, terrible claws or fearsome jaws. Changing things for the better in his parish, though, seems impossible.
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