I have been asked to give advice to a man who was put in charge of a new vocations committee (I am under the impression it is just for priestly vocations).
Trouble is, I have no idea what to tell him to do. I have mountains of “don’ts”, don’t hire a rock band to play at a new Friday night teen Mass, don’t exchange the organ for drums, etc. Trying to be “cool” through things like this is exactly what almost drove me away from the faith when I was younger, I have a horribly vivid memory of people around me singing “Our God is an Awesome God” with hands in the air and playing ice-breaker activities at Church activities shudder.
The positive things I’ve thought of are to start a Traditional Latin Mass, get books like “Imitation of Christ” and “Story of a Soul” for CCD kids, getting cassocks and surplices for altar boys, using only boys for altar serving, and to get CCD to pray the Rosary together.
Any other ideas?
Also try to understand that this is especially hard since most of the parish is older, the younger kids, especially those in the ideal age for entering the seminary, aren’t very active, very few attend weekly Mass.