"Synod Surveys" are being completed and the Input is interesting! (Still time to participate until August 15th)Read Now
While it is still early in the process,
I could not help but take a quick peek at how they are coming.
So far, Stark County has the most Catholic Youth Surveys in as
St. Thomas Aquinas High School was able to fit in some time before the end of the school year,
but about half of the young adults responding were from Mahoning County.
The Catholic teens listed the following as positive things that teens can offer our Church and/or society today:
time and money
ideas on welcoming
technology and social media
willingness to serve
A few non-Catholic teens added that youth can bring friends to Church with them,
and pray with their congregations.
Some of the challenges the Catholic teens noted were:
texting and driving
balancing school and extra-curriculars
not believing in God
distractions with technology
not enough sleep
anxiety and stress
making good choices
lack of parental guidance
lack of faith
The non-Catholic youth added:
not putting themselves out there
not going to Church often
and not staying motivated.
Catholic Young Adults (ages 19 - 30s) listed many of the same challenges as the teens did,
but also added things such as:
finding a good job
finding a place to get involved at Church
keeping the faith
older adults discounting our opinions
searching for meaning
and give me reasons to follow the Catholic rules.
The Young Adults add the following positive aspects they can add to Church and society in addition to those the teens listed:
service as lay ministers
modernized experience for teaching
examples of discipleship
zeal for the faith and sharing it with youth
love and peace
and Christian joy!
I am very much looking forward to reading more responses in August,
then processing the input not only for the Executive Summary for Bishop Murry to use with his brother bishops at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops as they prepare for the Synod next year,
but also with our parishes, Catholic High Schools and other diocesan offices,
The survey results will have a wide-impact in the planning and priority-setting of the diocese.
THANK YOU to each and every person assisting with this --
either by completing a survey yourself if you fit into one of the survey groups,
or by inviting people to participate.
A special note of thanks to the parishes and schools who are also holing Listening Sessions.
May the discussions be fruitful and insightful!
And, with the recently-expanded survey time (now through August 15th),
there is still plenty of time to participate!
Cindee Case, MAPS
Director of the Diocese of Youngstown Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry.