The pandemic procedures are going to change a lot about the upcoming holiday season from visits with family to capacity for Mass to end of year offertory collections to helping those in need. A close friend of mine is the Angel Tree coordinator for our parish and we’ve been discussing creative ways to meet the needs of the children who benefit from Angel Tree gifts as well as abide by safe procedures.
Today’s post flows from yesterday’s research on trusted, belonging relationships. It’s not just for the young people in our life. With the media being so volatile, it’s important we have someone we trust to talk to about matters of faith. How are we living the truth of evangelization. I’ve said before that the first step is relationship. I’m reinforcing that here today.
A few months ago I watched a webinar recording entitled “Going, Going, Gone” given by Dr. Bob McCarty. He was discussing the research done in conjunction with St. Mary’s Press about why young Catholics have disaffiliated. One of the phrases he uses repeatedly is, “Belonging leads to believing.”
Have you read the Holy Father’s new Encyclical? I’ve just been able to read the summary put together by the Editorial Board here at OSV, and I’m already convicted about how I use social media and engage with people online.
One of the “extras” we recommend when a parish engages with us for an offertory program, capital campaign, or vision plan is a compelling parish video. How has the parish shaped the lives of parishioners?
Almost every parish I’ve ever worked with has asked some form of this question, “How do we engage young people?” Or they express a concern about how “they never see young people at Mass; they’re always off doing other things.” I think this new research from Springtide will help us all craft a ministry that really meets the needs of Gen Z! Let’s explore it together!