Our parish, which has many young families and children, hosted a workshop on parenting by Syd & Ellen Kessler, authors of the book: The Perfect System of Parenting. We advertised this workshop in our parish bulletin, in the Sunday announcements at Mass, on our website, all for the last 5 weeks. We also had the workshop on the Archdiocesan website and in the bulletins of the other local parishes. Finally, a flyer about the event was sent home with the over 400 children in our local Catholic school. Now guess how many people showed up for the event? 25. I must admit I find that very disappointing.
The evening, February 26th 2008, did include a little bit of blowing snow but it was hardly a snow storm. And in fact the crowd (?) that did come together did not include what I call the “usual suspects”. We have in our parish some faithful parishioners who support everything the parish does. The are amazing and real examples of fidelity. Our parish would not be what it is today without them. However, this event was geared to a little bit of a younger crowd. It was an attempt to connect with parents who perhaps do not usually come to such events.
I am grateful for the people who did attend, but I wonder where the others were? It can’t be the advertising. Did we need to have baby-sitting during the event? Do younger people not see the connection between the church and life, besides the occasional Sunday mass? I must say that it makes me question our efforts to make our parish parent/children friendly. Is it worth the effort?