It was new, there were some wrinkles that had to be ironed out, but by the end of the year we were offering a phenomenal experience every month. For years, the trend had been a shrinking program. This year, we welcomed seven new families and over a dozen new children to our family faith formation program. Most of them came from neighboring parishes because they heard about it from one of our families. #Evangelization Despite a larger eighth grade class leaving us, we were able to grow our enrollment by five. As I write this, another family just signed up.
Exactly a year ago, we were hopeful, but still uncertain, that our bold stroke was the right one. Our families giving witnesses to peers is more than enough evidence that we absolutely hit the mark. In previous years, we did not often (or ever) experience families telling their friends, “You should come to St. Aidan, the experience is so much better.” Again, I am thankful to Fr. Kevin and the community for supporting our vision. St. Aidan pours its resources into formation of the next generation. Those dollars and volunteer hours have never been more wisely spent.
Coordinator of Youth Ministry