In a follow-up on the topic of getting the parent-Church relationship right, here are three best practices to add to your arsenal:
1. Peanut Butter and Grace
Susan Windley-Daoust writes:
Jen, thanks for the Patheos article on what’s wrong with parishes doing religious ed as first responders. A number of people have forwarded it to me, saying, PB and Grace is addressing this!
Well, we hope so. If you want to take a look, its a new small Catholic press dedicated to making family faith formation practical, solid, and easy–even if you are just returning to practicing your own faith. If you’re interested, the main website is www.pbgrace.com, and the FAQ is at this link: http://www.pbgrace.com/faq/
Peanut Butter & Grace
If you don’t know Susan (that’s Professor Windley-Daoust to you and me), she’s a theologian-mom with a sharp sense of humor and an even sharper sense of mission. Put her on your must-follow list.
2. Easter Baskets You Can Use
BTW, Jen Fitz—my parish actually gave away “swag bags” and plastic Easter eggs after each Easter mass. The swag bags included more information about the parish, some ideas for family devotions during the Easter season, and that sort of thing. (No dirt, though.) So you might be on to something.
3. Quit Whining and Invite the Annual Visitors to Put a Toe in the Water
At the Sacrament of Marriage, what do you say? You say, “I do.” And it’s not just, “I’ve said it, great, done, got that sacrament checked off.” It’s the beginning of a lifelong commitment, isn’t it?
When you renew your baptismal promises at Confirmation, what do you say? You say, “I do.” Just like you wouldn’t marry your spouse and then walk away, don’t stand up here and say “I do” to Jesus and then walk away. Choose to stay and have that relationship with our Lord.