A young friend at my Catholic church has been replacing our parish youth nights (and also some weekend Masses) with attendance at his friends’ Protestant services, in order, he believes, to show solidarity with them.
I let him know he was missed at our parish, and that he might want to invite his friends to come to some of our parish youth/ social events or to invite them to observe the Mass with him. I am praying for him to return to the Mass regularly. He said he feels there is no difference between most religions, and I reminded him of the uniqueness of Christ’s Real Presence in the Holy Eucharist, the Sacraments, veneration of The Blessed Mother. He said he’s been reading lots of ecumenical books and believes that his friends need him. He seems angry and bitter, now that he is not attending Mass as much. Aside from prayer and encouraging him to invite his young friends to our parish, is there another way to help? He is over eighteen and on his own.