[quote=Ani Ibi]One of the things I did after today’s March was to talk to Jim Hughes of Campaign Life Coalition. His opinion is that things won’t change until they change at the parish level. Perhaps we need something like the Franciscan revolution to start being Catholic again.
So while I was napping I thought: Parish Life International. LaitySomething participatory, once a month, including potluck suppers. Something useful to the people who come, so that would include a speaker, small group problem solving, planning on how to lead Catholic families. In exchange for very useful activities at the personal level, participants would commit to regular activism inside their churches and in the world.
For the clergy, there are Sisters for Life. We need to have more religious houses for them. We have Fr Pavone’s new priest order. We need to have more seminaries for them. We need a third order for more committed laity too. Thoughts?
You’ve done a lot with the thing up in Canada. I imagine that you’ve found what I found with the campaign on the Senate - Organizing Catholics for political causes is like herding cats. and, Once the main Organizer/Rabble Rouzer is knocked down, that’s pretty much it for the effort. It’s like we don’t understand the importance of the issues well enough to step forward when “leaders” are knocked out of the fight.
I hope these structures wll help with some of that, but we have to realize that, if an issue is important enough to get worked up about, it’s important enough for someone to jump in the breach when a leader goes down.
During one battle of the Civil War, the Color Bearer for the Irish Brigade was shot 5 times (5 different men) but the Colors (the battle flag with a picture of an Irish harp on it) NEVER TOUCHED THE GROUND, because someone grabbed it as soon as the Color Bearer was shot, becoming the next Color Bearer. That happened 5 times, and the Colors never touched the ground, because the Irish just wouldn’t let them!
We have to become the same way with leadership of these different projects.
At St. Mary’s, we have “Brunch” together after the 10:00 am Solemn High Mass. This serves to bring the people closer together and, along with a few other parish quarks, helps to give a common sense of purpose. We also have Coffee after the 8 am Low Mass and a Bible Study in the Rectory at 9 am.
Of course, I tnink that something like that would be helpful at all Catholic parishes, but you would have to have MORE TIME between two or three of the Masses, so that people could go to Mass and to to Breakfast or “Brunch” without interfering with the ability of the next group of people to get to Mass. You might be looking at: (Sat) 6 pm Mass and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, (Sun.) 7 am Mass and Breakfast, 9:30 am Mass and Brunch, 12 noon Mass and Lunch, and 4 pm Mass and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. You’ll notice time for only 5 Masses (that allows 1-1/4 hours for the Mass, an hour for the meal, and 15 min. for the parking lot). You’ll also notice that I’m assuming that about 1/2 of the people won’t stay for the meal, but will go home to be with their families.
I think if people can get their parishes to just do ONE MEAL together and ONE ADORATION per week, you’ll develop a cadre of people who’ll want to do more.
I hope this helps with an idea or two.
Blessed are they who act to save God’s Little Ones. Michael