Last week, we hosted an evening of adult faith formation at St. Cajetan parish that featured 5 adults forming a panel to share their stories of faith connected with the Rosary. While the event was sparsely populated (I’ve yet to solve the mystery of getting parents to attend faith formation while their children are in class…still working on it!), a bonus feature was that the 7th grade catechist brought his students over to “listen in.” I thought it was an excellent experience for them to be among a small group of adults learning about their faith and sharing stories from their hearts!
I was so impressed with how ready these parishioners were to share their stories and the depth of their stories which included coping with alcoholism, the loss of a child, being away from the Church for many years, the stress and anxiety of parenthood, and more. What a gift they were to the small group of adults who came to participate as well as to the 7th graders who got a rare glimpse into the lives of adults and the role that faith plays in their everyday lives.
In my mind, THAT’S true intergenerational catechesis….not just adults attending sessions with their kids, but adults apprenticing young people into the faith by modeling for them.