I have on many occasions heard and noticed that it can be rather difficult to bring together Catholics before or after Mass into a community. The main problems with the situation stem first and foremost from the current situation in the Church. We have seen in the past forty years after Vatican II, an abandonment in many respects of traditional and authentic Catholic teachings. In so doing, they have disregarded and cast aside dogmas and revealed truths on the Sacraments, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the primacy of the Holy Father, the teachings of Trent and Vatican I, etc. As certain sects have destroyed authentic teachings, they have replaced Mass-going with nothing more than "community time" - a time to come together and talk, eat, gossip, and at least subconsciously spread heresy.
However, despite these problems, the Church can not ignore the important aspects of community. For me, after I attend the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass according to the 1962 Roman Catholic Daily Missal, as said by traditional Catholic priests, I gladly attend events after Mass and on Saturdays with other members of the Faithful. What are some suggestions?
One easy way to assemble people together into a community after Mass is food. Each week a different family should be encouraged to bring food, or for larger groups, each family can bring a different dish each week. People should be encouraged to come together and share their mutual Faith (its struggles and triumphs) with others.
I commonly write on various devotions and have discussed Eucharistic Adoration, the Rosary, various novenas to the saints, chaplets, and dozens and dozens of other devotions. Encourage others to come together and pray these devotions so as to strength others in the devotional life of the Church
And no one should look past the value in games such as bingo. Having time together with others in a relaxed game can be highly beneficial to strength the community. Some of you may have played online bingo before and some of you may have even played church bingo. Church bingo is not only an enjoyable activity but also a great way to bring together the community and even conduct a fundraiser. With budget deficits commonplace and many Faithful unable to donate regularly to the collection plate, it can be highly beneficial to the parish for members of the parish to organize a church bingo game in which members of the neighboring community can participate. Through means such as church bingo, non-Catholics may have their first experience with the Church. Many of them may have heard that Catholics are not open to building long-term relationships with others and through a simple game, such as bingo, community may be built.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
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