THE National Church Life Survey’s findings of a 13 per cent drop in Massgoers from 1996 to 2001 points to the serious difficulty the Catholic Church has in attracting and keeping young people in the fold.
There are some brilliant and enthusiastic young people who do a wonderful job in promoting God’s kingdom.
But they are far too few. If only there were more of them, the message might spread that the Church has a great life-giving gift to offer.
The best way to attract young people to the Church is through other young people.
The Catholic Church needs to listen more to what young people think and to tailor its evangelisation to ways that will encourage the next generation to lead the way.