As president of the Woman’s Guild in my parish for 2 years, I did try. There were 180 ladies in the woman’s guild, about 90 would get together every month for cards or games or chatting, but only 8 would show up for a spiritual retreat. The annual auction fund-raiser was a full house, raising $150,000 in one night, but the church was empty on Good Friday. Its my parish because the Catholic School is good, and I am required to attend the church regularly for my kids to be enrolled.
By the way, the leader of the parish is the pastor, not me. He neither asks for, nor accepts my ideas on what would make his parish “better”. In his opinion, his church is great. The church is packed (b/c of the school), beautiful (b/c of the many successful fund raisers), and has 70+ ministries (everyone needs 25+ service hours per year to keep their kids in the school). As an example, the woman’s “prayer ministry” would get together weekly to burn candles, sip wine, and talk about how prayer and meditation can help you loose weight and keep you sexy for your husband.
Changing the culture of this parish is more than I am capable of doing.
I am not perfect, and need help to be led towards God. The Catholic church in my area is failling me, and the other families. I expressed my concerns in writing to the pastor, copying the bishop, and offering my assistance. My letter was never responded to.
That’s why I also go the Baptist Church.