I was appalled that she would teach “our children” (ALL of the church’s youth) such blatant error. The teens were not questioning whether they were guilty if they missed Mass because of their parents. She alluded that it was not pleasing to God to attend Mass out of obligation and it was preferable to raise your heart to God instead. She also “informed” the kids that they are not required to go to church this year on Christmas Day because Christmas Eve (the Sunday evening Mass) would suffice for going. It seems that she’s trying to provide every single loophole so that the kids could “get out of” going to Mass. She hasn’t taught them of the importance, beauty, and power that going to Mass offers, much less fostering a love of the faith. It’s very disheartening.
In response to your reply, we homeschool our children and, to be honest, they simply attend youth ministry for fellowship with the youth of our parish. We don’t send them for catechesis as they receive that here at home. I was more furious for all the other youth that may not be taught at home and are learning what little they can from a very misguided and misinformed teacher.
I emailed our pastor and he sent a copy of my email to the director of Faith Formation. He said he would follow-up to ensure it has been addressed. I’m not sure where that will go, but I felt compelled to bring that into the light as she has reached many young souls and I shudder to think of what damage she has caused, either purposefully or ignorantly.
I just wasn’t 100% sure if I overstepped my bounds by emailing the pastor. I also wondered if doing so would put the “bullseye” on my children at youth ministry where they would be ostracized by the teachers or staff. Nevertheless, I sent the email and pray it brings about a positive change.