All points made at Parish Forum

All Comments by White Sheet

 

 

 

  •  Promote greater reverence
  •   Confessions – youth/adults
  •   Invitation to return
  •  Young people to return to Church
  •   Happening in Church? Hurt? Healing process
  • ü  More support to families – moral and financial
  • ü  More parents involvement in Church services
  • ü  Women priests
  • ü  Better communication
  • ü  Married priests – allow
  • ü  Institution of Catholic Church (Western)
  • ü  2nd Vatican council – what happened?
  • ü  Liturgy – disregarded
  • ü  Church responsibility – teaching 10 commandments
  • ü  Structure of Church – change and accountable
  • ü  Simple teaching of Christ
  • ü  To make the mass more interesting – shorter homilies and more relevant to today’s issues
  • ü  Reach out to the youth: get them more involved in the Church, weekend liturgies, young people’s liturgy to be developed at time convenient to them. Music important, must appeal to them. Change motivation from duty or compulsion to real appeal from infancy
  • ü  Clergy: allow marriage of priests – this could encourage more priests to join the priesthood.   Shortage of priests: what does the future hold? Inclusion of all people/gender/all areas/ministries
  • ü  How can ‘Golden Oldies’ learn modern expression without using off-putting pious language. Can we change perceptions of piety in the generation gap?
  • ü  The Church doesn’t need me but I need the Church. How relevant are the 10 commandments in 2010?
  • ü  Gender equality
  • ü  Vibrancy of Catholicism (at the moment a la carte), very vague – clearer guidance and education
  • ü  Role of women in the Church
  • ü  More help groups or advisory groups set up within the Church to advise people on different problems
  • ü  Use of the internet as a means of communication
  • ü  How are priests prepared for working with children and understanding their psychology in light of recent scandal of child abuse, and is there continuous education provided?
  • ü  Acceptance of diverse groups within the Church eg, divorced people, gay people and minority groups
  • ü  How can we manage and prepare for the problem of no vocations to religious and the current rules?
  • ü  Lay leadership within the Church
  • ü  Priests in the future must be married
  • ü  Should priests have a role in local government?
  • ü  Bring song into the Church and reduce the importance of the choir. Hymn sheets should be provided
  • ü  How to make the liturgy more attractive to people?
  • ü  How to provide continuous religious formation?
  • ü  How to address the lack of knowledge within the Catholic faith?
  • ü  Follow-up following the children’s mass. To address needs of different age groups
  • ü  To embrace modern culture
  •  ü  How can the Church recover and move on following all the cases of child abuse and the cover up of same by the hierarchy?
  •  ü  Laity involvement – both men and women into the future – what form should it take? Complex repercussions – inheritance rights, consider future. In the smaller details – basket/cleaning
  • ü  Modernisation of message through the masses and religious services for a broader appeal to everyone
  • ü  Speak about importance of family life and marriage/marriage breakdown. Sanctity of marriage. Better preparation and authentic accountable use of Church for couples getting married and/or other sacraments.
  • ü  Try to encourage each other and support in our faith
  • ü  How the Vatican represents the people in relation to treatment of victims/perpetrators of abuse
  • ü  Faith formation/education lifelong learning about theology/faith for adults
  • ü  Status of unmarried couples with children to be welcomed and made feel equal in church – unjudged
  •    Frequency of masses: earlier daily mass or evening mass. More weekday and bring back 10am family Sunday in Athenry.
  • ü  Preparation of children for sacraments – parish involvement, attendance of families prior to receiving of sacraments by children
  • ü  More people to be encouraged to get involved in the various ministries and children in mass serving.
  • ü  Distribution of Holy Communion at back of Church – not reverent/needs to be addressed.
  • ü  Changing nature of Church/less priests/preparation of laity.
  • ü  Parents handing on the faith.
  • ü  Relevance of Sign of Peace
  • ü  Reaching out to youth, asking them for their opinions. What they would like to happen.
  • ü  Reconciliation.
  • ü  People involved in parish management – how?
  • ü  Explaining the mass as it happens.
  • ü  Youth mass, prepared by and for youth. Ask schools to help
  • ü  Less numbers but faith and hope still there
  • ü  More involvement with people who have special needs within our parish
  • ü  Role of women in Church/married/women priests
  • ü  Children’s involvement in mass (11am) to be further incorporated in mass. Their presence is lost in 11am mass and celebrated and not representative of family
  • ü  A parish celebration for all who gather at mass and all other parish groups
  • ü  Regular meetings of parishioners
  • ü  Stewarding in Church during busy days
  • ü  Informing/preparing people for changes in Church eg morning prayer
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  • ü  Short sermon – keep to the point
  • ü  Get more young people involved in Church – encourage other youths
  • ü  Keep liturgy simple – focus on mass/prayer
  • ü  More latin in mass – tradition
  • ü  More teachers to have Catholic religious education/ethos
  • ü  St Michael’s prayer to be brought back
  • ü  Catholics to stand up more for their beliefs – media, TV, newspapers etc
  • ü  Stronger religious voice globally
  • ü  More women involvement in Church at all levels – from local to Vatican level. Women to be involved in decision making in Church
  • ü  Lack of respect by bishop for us ie parishioners and priests
  • ü  Keep website current (up to date)
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  • ü  Pro-active role of women in the Church: women priests and deacons; freedom of choice
  • ü  Celtic Church versus Roman Catholic Church
  • ü  Confessions: forgiveness and encouragement; genuine love of God and our neighbours; traditional confession with a lot of openness
  • ü  Adult education: to develop what we learned when young; to help us to develop a mature understanding of our faith
  • ü  House keeping Athenry: host too large; celiac hosts; numbers on seats; tabernacle to be moved to centre of alter; openness of Church groups to newcomers; adoration chapel times
  • ü  Alive ‘O’ programme in primary school: wooley, very little doctrine; is our Church listening to the concerns of the people
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  • ü  Lack of youth in Church: encourage how? Open and inviting
  • ü  Benediction more often
  • ü  Child abuse – adequate structures in place?
  • ü  Future of the Church: priests numbers diminishing; role of laity; deacons – when?
  • ü  Get youth involved – talk groups, how to get young people involved, getting youth back to Church, encourage young people back to mass
  • ü  The declining priests, role of lay people on ground, future of Church – reducing priests
  • ü  Care of those suffering most
  • ü  Deceased at centre of alter
  • ü  Receive communion seat by seat – not at back
  • ü  Microphones – sound poor
  • ü  Sermons from the bible
  • ü  Funerals – sermons overdone
  • ü  Everyone should sing at mass
  • ü  Music is too liberal
  • ü  Rome to listen to people
  • ü  Structure of Church for future
  • ü  Size of Church – where in 10 years?
  • ü  Abuse/bad reports – get back to spirituality
  • ü  How to move forward from history
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  • ü  Importance – Family home (where it starts)
  • ü  Why Catholic Church doesn’t allow women priests
  • ü  Church become more appealing
  • ü  Vocation – promote
  • ü  Mass attendance low (reason?): want to do it for themselves; bored – don’t want to go; combination of things; home is the start of it/see it at home; what they take out of mass; time constraints; stress
  • ü  Church/State – state doesn’t have time for Church
  • ü  Lay people involvement in Church
  • ü  Scarcity of priests (concerns?)
  • ü  Pastoral role of laity now provided by priests
  • ü  Growth of seculars in schools
  • ü  Latin mass monthly
  • ü  Adoration and more care taken in their hour
  • ü  Catholic ethos in the school
  • ü  Life in liturgy – people/God, praising God, song
  • ü  Song for young people
  • ü  More reverence, forgiveness/compassion in people – weak
  • ü  Wider Church community: scandals – speaking out against; victims – hurts (forgive); live our faith – gospel and prayer; Catholics – pulling down Church; priests suffered for bad; good suffered for bad; judgement – sinners, we are not without sin
  • ü  If it’s not broke, why fix it?
  • ü  Young people - encourage into Church
  • ü  Times of change
  • ü  Married men/low numbers of priests
  • ü  What is it to be the Church in modern Ireland - change? Church bashing – good thing; forum wouldn’t have happened in past; secular Ireland – media tragedies; tight knit; institution – Ireland – gone; people asked to do more and more; Church crumbling – rebuilding; concrete activities - abstract
  • ü  Theological grounding – teachings; media – agenda forming way they think, who they are, what they do
  • ü  Worship open hearted – embarrassed
  • ü  Teenagers – attention in mass, getting involved
 

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