Please forgive me if I am posting this in the wrong section, I am not quite sure!
Anyhow, here is my situation: I moved to a different town last semester and quickly decided that I wanted to get involved with Church apart from just participating in Mass and the Sacraments. One of the things that I am very passionate about is the young ones, mainly because I feel like they are sometimes neglected. A friend of mine is the leader of my parish youth group, and he therefore asked me if I could help out.
My main problem is the fact that the group is very worldly. The spiritual part of our meetings is almost non existent. Normally we see each other after Friday Mass, but only some of the kids actually goes there to pray. Afterwards we eat something (sometimes meat, even though it is Friday) and then maybe we go to play bowling or basketball or something. At the end of the night there is a short prayer, but it really is not long. At this time they are all tired and unfocused…
I understand that not all of the kids wants to spend the entire evening fasting in adoration, but I just wish that it would be more clear that we are all gathering around our common faith. I mentioned this to one of the older leaders who has been helping out for years, but she said that the kids felt like they all dealt with the spiritual part in confirmation class and that they wanted to use this time to hang out. I have said what I think but I do not believe anything will change.
Another thing that should be added is that this is all happening in Sweden, probably the most secularized country in the world. As Catholics we are such a small minority and most of us are immigrants, at the moment a lot of them are coming from Iraq. Our culture does not promote religion - quite the opposite in fact - and i am very scared that these young ones will lose their faith and identity if their parents cannot raise them to resist the temptations of materialism, pride and sex.
What should I do? Maybe just the fact that they are still coming to Church is reason enough for me to give them my time? What if they ones who are actually interested in our faith does not turn up because they do not like sports and rough language? When we did a survey, not a singe person wanted our meetings to be more spiritual. Do you guys have any similar experiences? Any help is appreciated!