I was just thinking this today on my training ride. (cycling allows for some serious deep thought) I belong to a multigenerational old Catholic Parish. I live in small town midwest and when I go to church on sunday (attendance is around 250-300) I can glance around and see that my parish is made up of about 50% of parishoners who are 3rd and 4th Generation members. I can see entire multigenerational families spread throughout the congregation. we have a handful of great grand children in attendance at the same Mass as thier Great grandparents and grandparents. IT is so commonplace that oftentimes the families don’t sit together…since it is that way every week. The rest of us “newcomers” most become indoctrinated into one or two of these families. There are many parishoners who have been members of our parish for 80-90 years and are either homebound or in the Nursing home. Our connection with them is good and they are visited by many from our parish. They usually are picked up for parish events and then taken home by someone. My brother belongs to a Mega evangelical church in Dallas texas…I visited his church and didn’t see a single person over 65 years old. I asked him about their members who were homebound or living in a nursing home…he told me that they didn’t have any members like that. It just struck me as very very ODD. I sincerely think that is a serious missing piece in these mega fast food like churches.
Thanks thats all.