As a diocesan catechetical director, I write a message for parents annually. My intent in this effort is always to provide some manner of evangelizing formation for parents that will resonate with who they are and where they are at, collectively. I figure that if I can speak their language, they may actually give me a hearing. My hope is to be able to invite them into a deeper relationship with God, the Church and their parish…for themselves, first…and then for their children.
Parish catechetical leaders in this diocese are asked to provide it to parents in these days as Lent approaches. You’ll notice that I did not provide specific directions in which to send them for resources, authors, etc. It became apparent to me that this would be expanding the tone and scope of the letter beyond a rather core, simple practical message. To address this, I’ve asked parish catechetical leaders to consider providing specific guidance for their parents to grow in faith, with an encouragement to utilize digital means (links and such) since our parents live on their devices. I’m encouraging them to look at email and social media for delivery of good faith content to them.
I’m pleased to be able to share this Lent 2017 message with you for two reasons. It gives you a sense of how one might attempt to engage in evangelizing catechesis with parents. And, it might inspire you in your Lent messaging of parents and others this year. (Please feel free to borrow liberally from my message if it would be helpful…or even share it outright.) May the Holy Spirit accompany you in your efforts to foster conversion in parents and all adults!
Tom Quinlan, Diocese of Joliet
To Download the letter go to: http://www.21stcenturycatholicevangelization.org/