All Are Welcome… sort-of


The Catholic Church needs to wake up, and see that the youth is the church of now. As Catholics we are horrible when it comes to evangelizing our youth, we fail to fire them up, we fail and making them feel that the catholic Church is their church. All to often we treat them as a burden, when really they should be treated as anything but, they are an asset to the community and to the global Church.

As a youth minister for the last 18 or so years, I have seen it all… Some great ans some not, but on average the Catholic Church stinks at dealing with the youth. The youth groups are there to take out garbage after event, set up and clean up, and maybe if they are lucky, they may have a small room to call the youth room.

How Sad!

When we look at how other groupd with in the church are treated, it seems to me that the youth get what is left over. What are we teaching the youth of the Church?

I had a young person ask me if we could have an outdoor event, that would include a water-slide and other wet and some messy events (STATIC Youth is know for its messy events). I told them I would have to check with the office to see if we could do that, at that the youth said, “Ah, forget it, they wont let us, where just kids” and the sad part is they where write!

But we tell them, we tell everyone, ALL ARE WELCOME… We need to add a disclaimer to the bottom, stating what we really mean, ALL  ARE WELCOME, if you provide money, you over 25, etc….

The Catholic Church needs to wake up! The youth is the church of today! They need to be celebrated and made to feel that they to have ownership in the Church, if we don’t start today, there will be no church for tomorrow…

How sad!

Jesus, I am sure, is not happy with this. How could he be, we are forgetting the ones he told us to be like.

Then little children were brought to
Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them.
But the disciples rebuked those who brought them.
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me,
and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven
belongs to such as these.” When he had placed his hands on them,
he went on from there.

Start today, look for ways to bring the youth into the Church, welcome them, and respect them. They are not something to fear, but rather something to love.

Start today, and become an advocate for them, fight for the youth of your parish.

Start today, and see the goodness of the Lord in each and every face of the youth, remember we all are made in the image of God, it is in the youth that the image is perfected.

Start today, and do something, something Small or something big, just do something, because if we don’t start today, we will never start!

Paul

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About Paul Sposite

Paul Sposite - Life Coach I began my career as an instructor. As an instructor there are two basic requirements. You have to know yourself, so you know where you’re drawing your inspiration from. And you have to actively listen to the others, and then respond to the subtext of what they are saying. In learning about myself I started to focus a lot on my students, how they learned, what questions they were asking and how I could best modify my methods to best serve them. I believe that if you use your real life problems/issues as insights to the issues you need to heal, you’ll grow. From my experience in the classroom, creating curriculum and material to support my training, I developed an interest in how people process information. This interest turned into my interest in Life Coaching.
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2 Responses to All Are Welcome… sort-of

  1. You right we do stink in this area. My church finally has a mass devoted to teenagers. The Saturday night service is done all by teenagers now. Ushers, choir, lectors, altar servers, etc.

    It’s an ownership thing and I hope it brings forth some good fruit.

    We still have a ling way to go, especially with the under 10 growd.

  2. Paul Sposite says:

    Yes we do, but if we all start now, it will happen. The teens will own it, if we let them. We have seen the fruit at the parish I am at, with the new middlel school programing we have (www.staticyouth.com). It is really cool to see them take the faith and make it thiers.

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