Last night, our religious education Open House attracted a number of parents of children in the lower grades, however, for the upper grades, the parents were nowhere to be found. I asked the young people at the start of class if any of their parents would be attending and they all said no, one of them saying, “My mom says it’s the same thing every year, so why bother?”
That’s disappointing. I would have loved to have met a number of the young peoples’ parents and I would like to think that the parents would want to show their interest in their childrens’ faith formation. No such luck.
It is experiences like this that intergenerational catechesis is responding to, by bringing parents and their young people together for faith formation. A question that I have, however, is: if parents aren’t willing to attend an open house for their child’s religious education, how do parishes “convince” them to attend intergenerational faith events? I’d love to hear the wisdom of those who have experience in this area.