Liturgy Corner

Why Remain Active In The Church ?

Recently I attempted to offer a few thoughts in this Bulletin on why Church attendance appears to be dropping off and requested feedback in hopes that it might initiate some discussion on the topic. Well, it appears that the topic was not as deserving of discussion as I felt and I received no response. I am not totally convinced that there is no interest in this subject and yet, it just may be that it’s not a matter to raise with those who remain in the pews. I still believe others have their own thoughts on the attendance drop-off and welcome their opinions.
So allow me to turn the discussion around and reflect briefly on why attending Church is important to me and why I intend to continue my active involvement. Here are a few suggestions:
> A love and appreciation of the Eucharist, our primary spiritual nourishment.
> A faith community that offers companionship with other believers and the inspiration that comes with sharing our faith.
> The witness of others’ faith and their support and involvement encourages and strengthens me to live out my own faith.
> A personal relationship with Christ that is disturbed by upheavals/positions taken by the Church but not to the point of leaving.
> Understanding and loving pastors and other men and women in parish ministerial positions who sincerely care about each other and the community.
> Homilies that clearly connect biblical insights to our personal life.
I realize that we are all fallible, and I choose to look beyond, to the center of my faith: Jesus Himself. He is important to me. My commitment to the Church comes down to this: this is where I find inner peace and a sense of spiritual belonging. I sincerely hope others have thoughts on this. What does your Faith mean to you ?

- replies to: big.tom@shaw.ca

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