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Faith Formation: Stage of Life Formation Efforts

Sharing a few personal thoughts…

Another matter worth mentioning is that of stage of life formation. Any catechetical policy must address programs like those that are sometimes attempted for groups like YOUNG ADULTS. While there are programs like Theology on Tap in Washington, DC, there is very little directed to them specifically in the counties of the Archdiocese. Further, some churches in the United States attempt to be more inclusive by also having MIDDLE ADULT and MATURE ADULT programs, focusing on the faith needs of different generations. Parishes might also make distinctions between SINGLES and MARRIED or FAMILY groups.  This is about more than fellowship.  Church programs should always include an element of catechesis, prayer and worship.  At every stage of life we are called to grow in the faith.  The message that brings consolation may also change with time.  As our days grow short in this world, we might especially need the hope and consolation that is offered by our Resurrected Lord.  Given that no one parish might have the resources for all this, could such programs be attempted in the various deaneries? Further, I would not exclude faith formation from the various DIVORCED and WIDOWED CATHOLIC groups. Indeed, it might be quite necessary in that we sometimes inadvertently encourage dating or courtship between persons who are not yet free to marry again.