Love my Catholic Faith, however....

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Love my Catholic Faith, however....
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Thu, 11-04-2010 - 11:59am

I am not loving the Catholic Church.

Marianne, mom to Margaret (01/02), Elizabeth (03/04) and Annabelle (07/07)
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Thu, 11-04-2010 - 4:25pm

For the most part, I agree with you that the Catholic Church should do more to promote fellowship. Particularly when people aren't strong in their faith, the community aspect of church is what appeals to them, and many Catholic Churches focus on theology to the exclusion of fellowship.

But if I may play devil's advocate, I think there is a reason that is so. We have doctrine, and belief in that doctrine is what makes us Catholic. Churches without doctrine (or with weak doctrine) tend to rely on making people feel like they belong, which builds membership but doesn't necessarily strengthen faith. As for your priest, it could be that he doesn't want to get the church in a situation where it becomes host to all sorts of social clubs that have nothing to do with its mission. Say yes to one, say yes to all.

Maybe he's o.k. with you putting a message in the bulletin for some get-togethers at parks or homes, as long as the group isn't church-sponsored. Our pastor also tends to believe that if the church is sponsoring something (either through funds, providing meeting space, or using its name) it should have something to do with the Catholic Church.

I had to laugh at your "hidden agenda" comment,

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Sat, 11-06-2010 - 9:18am

Our parish has a moms group with three sessions... is started with one morning session, expanded to night for homeschool and working mom.. and then had to split to two day sessions because there were so many....

we are a Catholic church so I agree our groups should be Catholic focused or why call it a church group...kwim?

Renee


Wife to Scott


Mom to: Madeleine, James,

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Registered: 05-15-2009
Mon, 11-15-2010 - 9:13pm
Renee, I agree. I think if a group meets at our church it should have a Catholic focus. I used to belong to a MOMS Club, which met at a our local library service center. It wasn't faith based, but there was a time where they were allowed to meet at a nearby bible church. I don't think our parish has a group for moms. I really should look into that, though.

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Mon, 11-15-2010 - 9:55pm
Polly, I thought the same thing about the MOPS group when I was trying to decide whether to join MOPS or MOMS Club because the MOPS group met at a "bible-based mega-church" the next town over. I didn't feel comfortable joining MOPS, so I went with the MOMS group.

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Tue, 11-16-2010 - 7:42pm

First of all, no, the Catholic church may not be as good at some things as other churches.

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Tue, 11-16-2010 - 10:11pm

I don't feel that MOPS is very religion based.

Marianne, mom to Margaret (01/02), Elizabeth (03/04) and Annabelle (07/07)