[quote="kage_ar, post:3, topic:187346"]
I think if you use the word "spinster" in advertising a group, you will run off droves of people.
Sorry I should probably have chosen a different description instead of 'spinster'. I think I am old school and it is hard to remember to be politically correct! I was just trying to get a broader picture of what is going on in other churches. The Catholic Church wants us to be fully inclusive, but what we have to remember is we are serving all the community. As well as the youth, the mature single people? I am looking at my church first and then what do we offer as a pastoral community, then as a dioceses?
Although my church has many mechanisms in place, young couple’s marriage preps. courses, baptism classes, parent and toddler, social and welfare, Home school parish links, HCPT, parish socials, family liturgical celebrations...... and so on and so on... we are doing these things at a very small level. I think it is like everything we need to be seen to be doing things but are we communicating with each other? Are we reaching out to those who need our help? Or do policies, guidance and being political right, now, today prevent us from doing what families do best, in showing empathy to others. We are rarely attuned to empowering families to get on with what God created them to do. We train catechist and teachers for schools, but we not parents for the home?
I hope this all makes sense, I struggle with it sometimes myself and ponder on the thought 'WHAT WOULD JESUS DO IF HE WERE HE NOW!' and this empowers me to go on and its like I have a spark in me, full of life and energy... I know its God speaking in my heart.... and it is an honour!
Thank you for your reply x