I received the following email from a volunteer catechetical leader named Barbara who is in need of our help and support. Please offer your suggestions by leaving a comment at the end of this post (click be”Leave a Reply”). Thanks!
Hi Joe:I am DRE in a very small parish in the Diocese of Allentown, PA. We have approx 100 children in CCD. The parents are lackadaisical at best regarding their children’s faith formation.We hold CCD on Sunday mornings between the 2 masses (9:45-10:45 a.m.).My problem is that as of right now, I have teachers for only 2 grades (8th grade Confirmation and a couple who are teaching 4th, 5th and 6th – and would prefer to only do 4th) They have been doing a favor this year and teaching all 3 grades.I plan to send a letter to all parents explaining our difficulties and asking for volunteers to teach. I’m not very hopeful as last year I personally asked people and got no volunteers.
I am basically a volunteer DRE so I need something that would not take vast amounts of time or money. My priest is also not very supportive. We presently have 10 families homeschooling and he was supposed to meet with them once a month and never met with any. If we were to do more homeschooling, it would be on me to meet monthly with parents and children.
I am at a complete loss and am just fishing for anything to help me out with providing children with faith formation. I know of some churches that do “faith festivals” on a monthly basis and was just wondering if something like that would work.
I have learned so much and gotten great ideas from the site, but I’m basically a one-woman part time show and need to be able to work within those constraints.
Thank you in advance. Barbara Braun