I recently saw this article by Laura Kelly Fanucci and thought you should read it too. She asks “Is Your Parish Family-Friendly?” I try to have parishes ask this question when creating their Parish Vision Plans, but as someone without children, I’m realizing I haven’t asked enough questions.
Marriage is the most common vocation. I might even venture to say 99% of the adults at your parish are married, seeking marriage, been hurt in marriage, or are widowed after being married. With 110 million Americans living the single (unmarried but maybe cohabitating) life, it’s even more important to do what we can to support great, solid, holy marriages. What’s your parish doing? I’ve got a few ideas … would love you to share even more!
One of the most common things I hear from survey respondents is “where are the young families? children? next generation?” Many times the answer is “they’re struggling to figure out where they fit in the parish in the midst of everything else.” What if every parish did one new thing to help young families this year? What difference could we all make in the Church?
Are the saints real for your parish or are they just those statues that were once celebrated but now blend into the church wall? What are you doing to keep the saints alive for your people? Are the saints alive for you? Or just someone you ask for help finding a lost item (thanks Anthony) or a parking spot (Polycarp always hears me)!
Some of my favorite people in the whole world are children, especially the smiling babies that sit in front of me at Mass! Having children in our communities shows just how vibrant our parishes will be in the future!