Hi, my name is Katie.
I live in Germany on an Air Force Base with my husband. Here on the base we attend mass at a Chapel. Chapels are very different from your usual parish communities, as we have to share the building with other religions and their communities. So the building itself lacks a lot of things one would be used to seeing as a Catholic (such as a tabernacle and the red candles etc).
The Protestant community here is very active and has many ministries to offer and ways to get involved. It breaks my heart that our Catholic community is very… well to be honest there isn’t much of one at all… it’s very dead. There are very few ministries, if any, to get involved with.
We have a group called “Catholic Men of the Chapel” which is a men’s group. I am not sure what they do.
We used to have a “Catholic Women of the Chapel” group but they currently do not have a president and that seems to have made the group stop all activity.
I am thinking of requesting to fill the position so I can try and breath a little bit of life back into the community.
But I am at a loss as to what kind of meetings or functions I would organize for a Catholic Women’s group. There are a lot of things we COULD do and I think that’s why I have a hard time thinking of what to specifically focus on.
Has anyone here ever been in charge of a Ladies Group for your Parish?? If so what kinds of things did you do at meetings and how often did you meet?
Any tips on what I could plan for a Ladies Group??
Also, I am only 20- do you think that this might turn some of the ladies away from joining? I must emphasize that you standardly don’t see anyone even close to my age in the parish. There’s a horrible generation gap… You see parents and their children, but almost never anyone between the ages of 18 and 30. It’s like all young single people decide to suddenly leave the church until they have their own kids… Don’t know if this is the case everywhere, but it certainly is here… So I am not sure how serious the other Ladies would take me for. But it’s been several months and NO ONE is offering to fill this position.
I attend several of the protestant functions for fellowship and it just isn’t the same. I really want to help our Catholic community grow as a community and not just a bunch of strangers who end up in the same room once a week for mass…