Catholic FAQ


Latest Threads
newest posts



Go Back   Catholic Answers Forums > Forums > Ask an Apologist
 

Welcome to Catholic Answers Forums, the largest Catholic Community on the Web.

Here you can join over 400,000 members from around the world discussing all things Catholic. Membership is open to all, Catholic and non-Catholic alike, who seek the Truth with Charity.

To gain full access, you must register for a FREE account. Registered members are able to:
  • Submit questions about the faith to experts from Catholic Answers
  • Participate in all forum discussions
  • Communicate privately with Catholics from around the world
  • Plus join a prayer group, read with the Book Club, and much more.
Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free. So join our community today!

Have a question about registration or your account log-in? Just contact our Support Hotline.

 
 
Thread Tools Search Thread Display
  #1  
Old Dec 5, '12, 4:12 pm
RitzegDRE RitzegDRE is offline
Observing Member
 
Join Date: August 10, 2012
Posts: 2
Religion: Catholic
Default How do we get CCD families to attend Mass?

I am the Director of Religious Education at our parish and I cannot understand why parents do not take their children to Sunday Mass but have them in CCD classes. Is there anything we can tell them to get them there? Can we tell them something about non-attendance? Can we require that they attend as part of their class hours?
  #2  
Old Dec 5, '12, 4:35 pm
Michelle Arnold's Avatar
Michelle Arnold Michelle Arnold is offline
Catholic Answers Apologist
 
Join Date: May 3, 2004
Posts: 4,933
Religion: Catholic
Default Re: How do we get CCD families to attend Mass?

I'm sorry, and I understand how frustrating the situation must be, but the parish does not have the authority to intimidate, coerce, or otherwise compel parents to bring their children to Mass at your parish. The Code of Canon Law states:

Quote:
The obligation of assisting at Mass is satisfied wherever Mass is celebrated in a Catholic rite either on a holy day itself or on the evening of the previous day (canon 1248 1).
What this means is that Catholics are free to attend Mass on Sundays and holy days at any Catholic parish they please. They are not required to attend Mass at the parish where their children attend CCD classes. Any form of coercion, such as attendance sheets, rewards, or compulsory "class hours" is an unjust infringement on this right. It should go without mentioning that any form of punishment for innocent children who generally have no say in where their parents attend Mass is also inappropriate and unjust.

The most you can do is to leverage the power of persuasion. There are two ways to do this, both of which could be used together:
  • One, the pastor could write an essay for a parents' CCD orientation packet explaining the Catholic obligation to attend Mass and the benefits to families in the CCD program in attending Mass regularly at the parish where their children attend CCD. These benefits must not be tangible "pay-offs," but should be an explanation that this contributes to a "holistic" religious formation experience, enabling the family to become more involved in the parish community. The pastor could also mention that regular family attendance at the parish more easily assists the catechetical staff in assessing the children's readiness for the sacraments.
  • Two, you can teach the Sunday/holy day obligation to the children as part of their curriculum. You should avoid suggesting that the children nag their parents, but you could be prepared to assist children who would like to attend Mass at the parish on Sundays and holy days in doing so (e.g., organizing car pools, speaking to parents at the child's request, etc.).
If there are families with children in CCD who still don't attend Mass at your parish, the pastor might approach the parents privately and ask if they are attending Mass elsewhere on Sundays and holy days, so as to assure himself that the family understands the obligation to attend Mass somewhere. After that, the only thing left to do is to let go and let God.

Last edited by Michelle Arnold; Dec 5, '12 at 4:47 pm.
 

Go Back   Catholic Answers Forums > Forums > Ask an Apologist

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search Thread
Search Thread:

Advanced Search
Display

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


Prayer Intentions

Most Active Groups
8304Meet and talk,talk talk
Last by: GLam8833
5071CAF Prayer Warriors Support Group
Last by: mountee
4358Devotion to the Sorrowful Mother
Last by: lsbar
4035OCD/Scrupulosity Group
Last by: 3DOCTORS
3853SOLITUDE
Last by: Prairie Rose
3616Let's empty Purgatory
Last by: RJB
3264Poems and Reflections
Last by: PathWalker
3212Catholic Vegetarians & Vegans
Last by: Rifester
3202Petitions Before the Blessed Sacrament
Last by: grateful_child
3069For seniors and shut- ins
Last by: Theresa DeSensi



All times are GMT -7. The time now is 9:40 pm.

Home RSS Feeds - Home - Archive - Top

Copyright © 2004-2014, Catholic Answers.