Last night at my CFM class we were talking about how before Vatican II Catholic Churches were packed with people. Since Vatican II many churches are lucky to be even half full. Attendance at church is down drastically. There was a discussion that many blamed it on Vatican II.
I know that in the 20th century we cannot blame Vatican II for the low attendance rate. I have three young children and I see that many sports have practices and games on Sundays. Birthday parties are being thrown on Sundays and Saturday nights. Sundays have no longer been classified as a church day to many.
We as parents are the ones who should put God back in first place. We can either chose to take a stance and say no to practice and games on Sundays or make it a point to get to Saturday evening mass. If we are not there for games on Sunday then the people who make the schedules will have to stop because there will be no kids to play. Yet, we don’t. We are not teaching our kids that God should be first. We are teaching them that being the best at sports is more important. Our priorities are getting messed up. We would rather go to a party than spend an hour in church. We have to just say no.
I want my children to know that we have everything thanks to God and that the least we can do is give him an hour of our time on Sundays or Saturday evenings to say thank you. They are being taught to be altar servers at church because it is the volunteering of all of us that keeps the church going. When my daughter has received her communion I will once again volunteer to be a Eucharistic Minister and show them that mommy volunteers too.
Together we can help make the churches full again!
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