Friends, as some of you know, my partner-in-geekdom Sarah Reinhard and I will be speaking at the upcoming Religious Education Congress for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. For one of our two talks, we need your input. I thought I would break our “needs” down into a weeklong series of blog posts and invite your conversation on each of the five topics.
One of the goals of this talk is to share with the participants specific feedback from the faithful in the pews on ways in which Catholic parishes can support and sustain families in their Domestic Churches. We are going to look at five specific areas:
- Worship (Mass, the Eucharist, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament)
- Sacramental Preparation
- Religious Education (not specifically related to sacrament prep, but rather broader education, including things like preschool, whole family catechesis, bible study, etc.)
- Ministries (within and outside of the parish)
- “Miscellaneous” including social, administrative and communications initiatives
Today, we will launch the conversation with the all-important topic of Worship. I am going to throw open the comments and really BEG you to tell me what you would ask of your pastor if he asked you, “What do you want from your parish in the arena of worship? How can we serve your family and draw you into a more fruitful relationship with Jesus Christ and his Church?”
Please include your comments below or feel free to email me at [email protected] And if you’d really like my unending gratitude, record a one minute video answering this question and email it to me. In order for our talk to be a good resource for those attending, your feedback is essential and greatly appreciated!