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Home Alone [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 January 2006
Home Alone BY KAREN RUSHEN One Lay Minister's Story It was in Detroit that I first realized a career in lay ministry requires not only plenty of selfcare, but other intrepid souls with whom to share the trip. My apartment building sat in the middle of the block on Detroit aging southwest side. I had been living there for two years, and whenever I would come home on a summer evening, the neighborhood children would stop their street games so that I could pull into the driveway. Sometimes the girls came up as I was getting out of the car and asked if they could water my flowers. Three-year-old Olivia especially life to lug the green plastic watering can from flower to flower, dousing to driveway, half the lawn, and her small red sneakers before drenching each flower and commanding it to be pretty and grow strong. My small flat was decorated with paintings I had done and with folk art and souvenirs from my travels in Israel and Italy, Guatemala and Japan. With a master's degree and a d...
An Excellent Catholic Parish [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 January 2006
An Excellent Catholic Parish BY PAUL WILKES How lay ministry transformed Holy Family As people flocked to the Willowcreek Community church in the gently rolling farmland northwest of Chicago, the Church took notice, for good reason. Not only was Willowcreek a new kind of a religious institution affiliated with none of the mainline denominations, but former Catholics made up 60 to 75 percent of its membership. Something desperately wrong had happened during Catholicism's move from the tightly knit, often ethnic neighborhoods in the heart of Chicago to the suburbs. Too many in the suburban diaspora believed that the Church of their childhood had not met or even acknowledged their needs as adults. In the archdiocesan offices of Joseph Cardinal Bernardin, the decision was made in 1984 to take a hard look at Willowcreek's obvious appeal. First, the arch-diocese held a series of meetings in Catholic homes, then services in a local public high school cafeteria. Finally, after a three-year ...
Challenges and Opportunities [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 September 2006
Challenges and Opportunities BY AUDREY LAPORTE VEST The future vitality of the Catholic Church lies in its young people. Yet anyone who has been paying attention knows that the worshippers at most weekend liturgies are typically a graying congregation. Many people in their twenties and thirties do not attend Mass on a regular basis. Even fewer take active leadership roles in the parish. The obvious conclusion is that young adult Catholics are not committed to the Church. If this is true, what are the implications for the future of the Catholic Church in America? Who are today's young adult Catholics? How do they actually live their Catholicism? Do they goto Mass on Sunday? Are they alienated from the Church? How do they respond to the Church's moral teachings? Do they take the popes' statements seriously? Are they leaving for other denominations in significant numbers? Seeking answers to these and other questions, a team of sociologists conducted a national survey of more than eight...
IN THIS ISSUE Young Adult Catholics [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 September 2006
IN THIS ISSUE Young Adult Catholics Catholics today who have a personal memory of Mass in Latin sometimes experience a "wake-up call" when they consider that the Second Vatican Council, that watershed event that sought to breathe new life into the Church, closed its sessions over forty years ago. What this lapse of time means, among other things, is that there are now Catholic adults who have lived their entire lives after the Council. If our formative experiences of religion happen during youth and adolescence, it is important to ask how the formation of young adults today differs from that of their parents or grandparents. In addition to the developments within the Church—mass in the vernacular with the priest facing the congregation; a new embrace of religious freedom and ecumenism; a nuanced engagement with the modern world—there were developments in the United States and around the world. The decade from 1965 to 1975 was the era of the cold war and the conflict in Vietnam; the ...
the CHURCH in the 21ST CENTURY CENTER C21 Resources [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 September 2006
the CHURCH in the 21ST CENTURY CENTER C21 Resources EDITOR Timothy P. Muldoon Director, The Church in the 21st Century Center ADVISORY BOARD J.A. Appleyard Jonas Barciauskas Ben Birnbaum Robert Imbelli John L. Mahoney Robert R. Newton Dawn V. Overstreet Nancy Pineda-Madrid Barbara Radtke DESIGNER Progressive Print Solutions C2l Resources is published by the Church in the 21st Century Center at Boston College, in partnership with the publications from which these articles have been selected. C2l Resources is a compilation of the best analyses and essays on key challenges facing the Church today. They are published with the intent of stimulating discussion and thought among bishops, priests, religious, arid lay members of the Catholic community.
Challenges and Opportunities [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 September 2006
Challenges and Opportunities findings of the survey and their pastoral implications. The research focused on Roman Catholics between the ages of twenty and thirty-nine, members of Generation X and younger baby boomers, who were at least at some point in their lives committed to the Church. The group surveyed included 60 to 70 percent nonLatinos and 30 to 40 percent Latinos chosen from confirmation rolls in various parishes. On the plus side, these young adult Catholics are not alienated from or angry with the Church in the same way that many older members of the baby boom generation are. Rather, their attitude toward the institutional Church is what sociologists call one of anomie, that is, indifference or a sense of normlessness. They are simply not particularly attached to the institutional Church. This, Dinges says, presents a different kind of pastoral problem than dealing with those who are angry with the Church or contesting aspects of its teaching. Another encouraging finding...
FROM THE U.S. BISHOPS Sons and Daughters of the Light [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 September 2006
FROM THE U.S. BISHOPS Sons and Daughters of the Light We know that your talents, and those of other young adults, can enrich the Church and can be a sign of God's presence in society. We invite you to share them with us and to become part of a welcoming community for other young adults as well. Not too long ago, our Holy Father spoke of your importance to the life of the Church: "The Church needs your energies, your enthusiasm, your ideals, I in order to make the Gospel of life penetrate the fabric of society, transforming people's hearts and the structures of society in order to create a civilization of true justice and love." ... .In a special way, we would like to speak to those men and women in difficult situations: to those who are unemployed or underemployed, who have been abused, who experience discrimination because of economic or ethnic prejudices, who struggle with their sexuality, who are newcomers to our country, who are struggling in their marriage, who seek wisdom and ...
Young Adult Catholics [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 September 2006
Young Adult Catholics BY DEAN R. HOGE, WILLIAM D. DINGES, MARY JOHNSON, S.N.D DE N., AND JUAN L. GONZALES, JR. Editors' note: The following is an excerpt from the book described by Audrey LaPorte Vest in the preceding article. In this excerpt, the authors of the study make recommendations to Church leaders about how to minister to young adults today. Our Recommendations In light of our study of young adult Catholics, we present the following recommendations: I. A "Preferential Option" for Young Adult Catholics Church leadership should initiate a "preferential option" for young adult Catholics. This means a dynamic and sustained program of outreach. Resources and energies should be directed toward helping young adult Catholics feel wanted, welcomed, and actively involved in the life of the Church. Liturgy is a primary venue for such outreach, since it is the institutional context in which the vast majority of young adults experience themselves as a church. Efforts must be made to dev...
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Between Two Cultures [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 September 2006
Between Two Cultures BY JEFF GUNTZEL The 2000 census confirmed all the hunches: The Hispanic population in the United States is soaring. The numbers are eye-opening: A 58 percent increase in the overall Hispanic population since 1990. Hispanic young people ages 15 to 29 grew by 54 percent. And Hispanic children ages 0 to 14 grew by 62 percent. Hispanics will soon be this country's largest minority group. By some counts, they already are. Everyone has taken notice: politicians, TV networks, and certainly the Catholic Church. It is a rare Church meeting or convention that does not in some way recognize the growing demographic reality. There's a big difference, however, between noticing the changes and knowing what to do about them. A recent report, "The Status of Hispanic Youth and Young Adult Ministry in the United States," published by Institute) Fey Vida, assesses not only how the Catholic Church in the United States is facing the challenges and opportunities presented by such a dr...
Coincidence and Conversion [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 September 2006
Coincidence and Conversion BY ALICIA CHESSER Editors' note: The following three stories are first-person accounts by young adults about their experiences of conversion and of entering the communion of the Catholic Church. Each describes a very different route to communion, reflecti?ig the diversity among young Catholics in the United States today. The first, by Alicia Chesser, is excerpted from a longer piece in First Things, which describes also the conversion stories of her boyfriend and parents. The second, by Reid Locklin, isfro7n his autobiography, and reflects upon the beginning stages of a journey that led him to his current work as a Catholic theologian. The final piece, by Stephen Martin, illustrates the key role that a teacher can play in the religious life of a young person. When you grow up in a place like Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, seeing a Polish Capuchin monk is a bit like seeing the Sasquatch—an exotic, rare, somewhat terrifying being whose habits are both foreign and f...