A few weeks ago, I wrote about my frustration with regards to not finding the “secret formula” to attracting adults to faith formation. I was tickled to receive the following e-mail from a good friend of mine who has been a catechetical leader for years and is one of the smartest people I know:
To tell the truth, I’m sort of glad you didn’t find some secret I’ve missed my whole career. Because I would have felt very discouraged. It is discouraging enough! In fact, I’ve vowed to either totally revamp our family-centric First Communion retreat or never do it again. Parents could not have been less interested in participating with their kids. They either gossiped in groups or went to Starbucks, just leaving the kids as if we were the sitters.
There is a definite shift in culture. I’ve seen it building, but this year was definitive.
So, at least I know it isn’t just me!
This is precisely why I find it important to share my frustrations and failures here on my blog because, whenever I do, I have people tell me that it did them good because now they know “it isn’t just me!”
We’re all in this together! As I told my friend in response to her e-mail, “We won’t give up the good fight!”