Was this instigated by the Diocese? or the parish priest? office staff?
How was the laity notified?letter to each family? placed in the bulletin? calls made?
How was this implemented? let us say a long standing member didnt have proof of their baptism and was required to provide proof, what help did the parish offer? were they denied the other sacraments while verification was in process?
How was this news received?
I was in a parish for a short time where I became aware of the tensions created by such a reverification process. I was placed in a class where all the attendees were ‘missing’ one or more sacraments. I learned that long standing members had no proof of their baptisms, since many were originally from outside the US and this caused a burden on them, especially finding witnesses or contacting parishes (some of which no longer exist, burnt down, etc). Some went along with the class, some were frustrated because it called into question all of the other sacraments. The class was frustrating for Catholics, an unnecessary legality that had been thrust in their path. I saw the class dwindle, genuine questions unanswered, frustrated people left the class and I no longer saw them at mass. Each class I attended, I was more and more frustrated, I am not a young person, and although I can explain my faith in God, the intricacies of the whole catechism cant be brought up to mind in a split second and the deacon was less than merciful. I still think there must be a better way to handle this. I did not think it was charitable in bunching all these people together and frustrating them like that. How can this be better handled?