Well, in only two years, I am here to tell you things have changed with our junior high students. These 6th graders, soon to be 7th graders, were not to be tricked. Almost all had “to get into heaven” on their list when asked to fill out the same worksheet. There was a “find a renewable energy” and an “improve myself so I can be a saint” among the answers. At one point in the small group discussion, I found myself saying, “Well it seems this lesson is a waste of this table’s time, and we should move on to the next.” They already got it.
For all of you with younger children, for all of you who wonder if our unorthodox approach is worth the extra effort and all of you who are crushed at the 9:30 Mass every month as our families invade, it is obvious to me that we are doing the right thing. The, Holy Spirit, Archbishop and Synod ’16 have led us to this approach and whether or not you trust in all of that, I, for the first time in over 20 years of working with teens, have verified evidence of progress in our approach.
Coordinator of Youth Ministry