Seniors need some class: Let's have religious ed for our church elders

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Article Parish Life Seniors
Jesus taught adults, so why are parishes so focused on educating young children when the older members could really use the lessons? 

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Seniors need some class: Let's have religious ed for our church elders

By John J. Donovan| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Parish Life Seniors
Jesus taught adults, so why are parishes so focused on educating young children when the older members could really use the lessons? 

Sounding Boards are one person's take on a many-sided subject and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of U.S. Catholic, its editors, or the Claretians.


Priestly people skills

By Christina Capecchi| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Parish Life
Many consider fervent “JPII priests” a clear byproduct of today’s seminaries—which leads them to wonder what kind of social training seminarians receive.

For all their enthusiasm and idealism, newly ordained priests can forget that most of their parishioners are older and wiser—at least in terms of life experience. “It’s a little off-putting,” says Father Donald Cozzens, 70. The reaction, he says, is often: “You’re acting like a little prince. We respect you, Father, but the Holy Spirit is loose in the world, and the Holy Spirit isn’t just working through the ordained.”


Men of the same cloth? Old priests vs. new priests

By Christina Capecchi| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Parish Life
As wing tips and clerical collars replace sandals and golf shirts, parishes react to a new style of priest.

When the alarm clock rings, Father James Moore, 33, pops out of bed. He brews coffee, makes his bed, and launches into prayer.

Down the hall, Father Bart Hutcherson, 48, likes to set two alarms half an hour apart to ease into the morning. He doesn’t bother making his bed.  


Priestly people skills

By Christina Capecchi| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Parish Life
Many consider fervent “JPII priests” a clear byproduct of today’s seminaries—which leads them to wonder what kind of social training seminarians receive.

For all their enthusiasm and idealism, newly ordained priests can forget that most of their parishioners are older and wiser—at least in terms of life experience. “It’s a little off-putting,” says Father Donald Cozzens, 70. The reaction, he says, is often: “You’re acting like a little prince. We respect you, Father, but the Holy Spirit is loose in the world, and the Holy Spirit isn’t just working through the ordained.”


Men of the same cloth? Old priests vs. new priests

By Christina Capecchi| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Parish Life
As wing tips and clerical collars replace sandals and golf shirts, parishes react to a new style of priest.

When the alarm clock rings, Father James Moore, 33, pops out of bed. He brews coffee, makes his bed, and launches into prayer.

Down the hall, Father Bart Hutcherson, 48, likes to set two alarms half an hour apart to ease into the morning. He doesn’t bother making his bed.  


Why should parishes go green?

By Kristen Hannum| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Environment Parish Life
Five reasons Catholic communities should care about cleaning up the environment.

1. You don't have to believe in climate change to believe in its solution. Energy conservation and alternative energy use mean healthier children, improved national security, and lower heating and cooling bills for families and parishes. It's a "no regrets" strategy.


Our Lady of Waste Management: Parish-based environmentalism

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Article Environment Parish Life
Parishes are finding that reducing their carbon footprint is not only an environmental issue but a spiritual one, too.

Parishioners at Mary Immaculate Church in East Los Angeles meet monthly in convivencias, or town hall meetings, to discuss parish initiatives. Last autumn, when they learned that 38 million water bottles annually are sent to U.S. landfills, their vote on what the parish should do wasn't even close. Plastic water bottles are now banned from the campus.


Homegrown clergy: The case for a new kind of priesthood

By Bishop Fritz Lobinger| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Parish Life
Mmusong is a small but vibrant Catholic community of about 700 high in the mountains of South Africa. On Sundays the simple church building is full, but most of the time not for Mass, only for a service of the Word.

Mass is something rare in Mmusong. The priest of the distant parish center serves nine communities, and he is able to celebrate Mass in Mmusong only once a month.


Homegrown clergy: The case for a new kind of priesthood

By Bishop Fritz Lobinger| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Parish Life
Mmusong is a small but vibrant Catholic community of about 700 high in the mountains of South Africa. On Sundays the simple church building is full, but most of the time not for Mass, only for a service of the Word.

Mass is something rare in Mmusong. The priest of the distant parish center serves nine communities, and he is able to celebrate Mass in Mmusong only once a month.


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