Busted Halo
feature: religion & spirituality
May 2nd, 2011

Busted at the Beatification

Young adults in St. Peter's Square


Busted Halo®‘s Fr. Dave Dwyer, CSP, was in Rome this past weekend for the beatification of Blessed John Paul II at St. Peter’s Basilica.  In addition to his live coverage of the event for The Busted Halo Show, Fr. Dave was able to speak with young adults on the streets of Vatican City to inquire what they feel the Church should be doing to connect better with young people, in light of JP2’s great success at doing so.

Take a look and share your own comments below regarding what you feel the Church should do to continue John Paul’s legacy.

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  • Christopher Ortega

    Continue reaching out to young people through ministries and special programs i.e. social media, retreats, etc. Reforming outreach and the Mass so that it’s more relevant to younger ears and a new generation.

  • J.P.

    Here’s an excerpt from a recent blog post I wrote about this topic: “I envision a community of young adults with two key components. First, parishes need vibrant young adult groups, where young people can gather to grow in faith together with their peers. These should be run by and for young adults, with help from an advisor or chaplain, and full support from the parish. Second, we need comprehensive support networks for these young adults within parishes, comprised of clergy, professional ministers and adult community members. We need nuns, priests, brothers and teachers to fill in the gaps left in our elementary or high school understanding of the faith. We need spiritual directors to guide us through the twists and turns of life. We need mentors to show us through the words of their lips and the example of their lives, what it means to be Catholic adults and responsible citizens in this world. We need social justice advocates and volunteer coordinators to show us what it means to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, welcome the stranger and wash the feet of others in today‚Äôs modern world. We need speakers who will inspire us with their words and challenge us to reach new heights. And we need leaders who understand this and are willing to collaborate with us to build these communities. We also need young adults who are willing to answer the call to be leaders for OUR Church and OUR generation.”

    If you would like to read the rest of this post, please visit baptismalcall.blogspot.com

  • Julie

    I think that one of the most important things we can do to reach out to young people is to extend an invitation. I didn’t really begin to attend more than Sunday Mass until I was invited to attend a retreat during my freshman year of college four years ago. There were many times before that I had wanted to become more involved, but didn’t know how; I thought that the retreats and events that were happening outside of Mass were only for people who already “belonged.” I was too nervous to take that first step on my own. Since becoming involved in my Faith beyond Sundays, I’ve come to realize that many of my friends have felt the same way, so I make it a goal to invite people to church events whether they seem like they’ll be interested or not. I’m so grateful that someone extended an invitation to me, so I am trying to do the same and to encourage others to do so as well!

  • laura

    the Church is using social media just join xt3.com!

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