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Rise of the Unaffiliated
“The trend away from formal religion continues.” That is what we are told by sociologists who survey the general population and point out that now one in five Americans do not affiliate with any religion We do not need to consult with the scientists, however, to verify this trend. We can simply consider those in our extended family to realize that the number of unaffiliated is growing. While there are any number of reasons to account for this trend, the research indicates several primary factors. First among them is that the unaffiliated stopped believing in the religion’s teachings; secondly, there was little family religious practice when they were growing up; thirdly, they perceived negative religious teachings about gay and lesbian people.
Among those we classify as millennials, especially young adults in their twenties, the level of disconnect with any formal religion rises to almost 40 %. This kind of disconnect can even extend beyond religion to institutions in general . In recent years we have also heard the phrase “spiritual but not religious,” meaning that a growing number of people have a belief in God but do not identify with a particular religion or denomination. Reversing this trend is no simple task. We are not about to change church teachings. When it comes to the church’s approach to gays and lesbians, there may well be room for greater respect, compassion, and sensitivity. However, when we consider the third factor in the growth of the unaffiliated, the lack of religious practice in the home among family members is a matter that can be addressed here and now.
Family life has changed dramatically in recent generations with demands in the work place, the frequency of divorce, the expansion of social media, to mention a few factors. There is no doubt that creating a religious environment in the home and making church practice a priority is a major undertaking, but it is clear that this effort is one of the best predictors that the faith will be passed on to younger generations. Church attendance, grace before meals, discussion of moral issues, involvement in church activities of whatever kind, all contribute to a positive religious environment in the home. Trends are not easily reversed, but each Catholic family and all its members can take simple but effective steps to keep the faith an essential part of their lives.
Next weekend we will welcome to Good Shepherd Fr. Philip Gonsalves who will be assisting us for the months of July and August. Fr. Philip is from the Diocese of Vasai, India. He had been in the diocese several years ago providing summer help at St. William’s in Seaford and was planning to join us last summer. However, a delay in getting his R-1 Visa last spring prevented his trip to the United States. This year we are pleased to welcome Fr. Philip and he looks forward to serving the people of Good Shepherd.
Sunday - June 25
7:00 a.m. People of the Parish 8:30 a.m. Josephine DeVita 10:00 a.m. Mass Guild Members 12 Noon Special Intention 5:00 p.m. Christopher Kahn
Monday - June 26
9 a.m. Anne Harpham
Tuesday - June 27
9 a.m. Gerard Benedict
Wednesday - June 28
9 a.m. Madelyn Verdone
Thursday - June 29
9 a.m. Irene Romagna
Friday - June 30
9 a.m Mr. M. Izzo
Saturday - July 1
9 a.m. Borys Sygney 8:00 p.m. James Lynch
Mass Guild Members
June 25, 2017
Giovanni Anthony DiMichele
Sean Michael Hannay
Kassie Marie Herzberg
Callie Camille Maass
Alessia Lucia Tortorici
We ask the family of Good Shepherd to pray for the following couple who will receive the Sacrament of Marriagein June & July 2017
Kristen McCabe & Matthew Gribbins
Kathryn Cameron & William Roeder
Rosa & Robert Bolomey
Amanda McKeon & Tyler Stiansen
Nicole Schindlar & Richard Brown