“God Is Young” by Pope Francis and “The Art of Forming Young Disciples” are two books that focus on the importance of building young people up in the Church. CNS photos
The statistics are staggering: Roughly one-third of young Catholics in the United States leave the Church before their 18th birthday.
Understandably, those who work with them are very concerned by the numbers and are engaged in conversations about what can be done to stem the tide of those departing, and to bring back those who have left. These two books are a welcome contribution to that conversation.
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“But what about Peter?” my son DeForeest asked as we returned from Easter Vigil Mass many years ago.
I’d started telling him about Jesus from the time he began to talk. By the age of three, he was familiar with the Gospel and showed interest in its supporting cast. I sometimes aided his imagination with occasional vocal characterizations for the various apostles, Pharisees, centurions and townsfolk who wander in and out of Scripture.
Talking and laughing, faithful of all ages flocked together March 23 for a family night and lock-in retreat geared toward forming stronger bonds in faith and friendship.
“I hope the teens walk out with what our Ignite Youth Group is all about: fun, faith and fellowship. Our theme is to be ignited with the Holy Spirit in our daily lives,” Joan Kret, youth ministry coordinator in St. Leo the Great Parish, Lincroft, said of the night.
VATICAN CITY – Signing his document dedicated to young people, faith and discernment, Pope Francis said Mary, the mother of God, is a source of inspiration and strength for everyone who seeks to understand their vocation and remain faithful to it. More ... Wednesday, March 27, 2019
WASHINGTON – Man does not live on bread alone. But on Ash Wednesday and the Fridays of Lent, he'd better not add meat to the menu.
To help Catholics and their families observe Lenten abstinence rules, any fast-food restaurant worth its salt – and sodium is in abundance at those places – offers a fish sandwich on its menu, and starts airing TV commercials for them.
When a parish sees a nearly seven-fold increase in couples preparing for marriage in the span of 12 months, something unique is happening.
That something was a Year of Marriage initiative, instituted in Nativity Parish, Fair Haven, by its pastor, Father James Grogan, in December 2017. For the next 12 months, he dedicated homilies, essays and recognition to the vocation of marriage, hoping to support and strengthen the “remote preparation” for marriage.