A joint effort is needed for faith formation

Re: “Links in a chain” (Editorial, Jan. 26).

Catholic parishes and Catholic schools need to work together to empower parents to share faith at home. Too many of the parents who do send their children to Catholic schools or to parish religious education rely solely on the Church or school to educate their children in the Faith. Parents are not doing any faith-sharing at home, as they do not know how to and feel incapable of teaching the Faith.

Also, many Catholic school parents send their children to school but do not bring their children to Sunday Mass on a regular basis. These parents feel their children go to Mass during the week at school and do not need to go on Sunday as well. This is happening at parish religious ed as well. Parish religious ed is a place where parents can send their children for an hour while they can go run errands without their children.

I work in youth ministry and have heard lots of comments from children over the past five-and-a-half years about how their parents do not bring them to Sunday Mass. “I haven’t been to Mass since school,” said one Catholic school sixth-grader to another Catholic school sixth-grader one summer day in July. (School that year let out the end of May.) “I am not religious. My child probably knows more about religion than I do by going to Catholic school,” said a mom of a Catholic school seventh-grader. “I am tired of being Catholic. I have been to Catholic school for 13 years! There are many more religions out there that I am going to go and explore when I get out,” said a 12th-grade Catholic high school student leader to an 11th-grade public school student, who shared his dream to go to a Catholic university.

A. Bradshaw, via online comments

A shock, or not?

Re: “Abortion is a sin” (Letters to the Editor, Jan. 5).

It was rather shocking that a letter writer asked, “When is the Church going to teach that abortion is a sin?” On second thought, it should not be. At the Sunday homily, abortion is very rarely mentioned, nor is there rarely any mention of same-sex marriage, contraception, premarital sex, adultery (sex between persons who are not married to each other), euthanasia (mercy killing), purgatory, mortal sin and hell. Can someone explain why?

Ralph A. Marson, Center Line, Mich.

What’s next?

Re: “Growing up pro-life” (Respect Life Special Section, Jan. 19).

After 56 million infants slain, Jan. 22, 2014, marked the 41st anniversary of the infamous Roe v. Wade decision and its companion Doe v. Bolton, laws that allow abortion on demand throughout the full nine months of pregnancy.

What then, is to prevent killing the next most vulnerable among us, the sick and the aged? Spouting the “compassion” mantra in an ever-increasing materialistic and secularized society, more states are passing right-to-die laws and legalizing assisted suicide. Mindful of the “bottom line” the medical profession nationwide is eager to embrace the “death with dignity” and “brain death” paradigms.

Both espouse imposing death rather than waiting for death to naturally occur, serve the flawed philosophy that some human beings are more worthy than others to live, and that the resources of the older and more infirm,(in some instances, including their organs) would be better utilized by the younger and healthier.

Most insidious, and cloaked in the message of compassion, is the almost universal push for “terminal or palliative sedation,” a protocol, legal in all states, that hastens death by the administration of successively high doses of drugs that render and maintain the patient comatose, slow, and eventually stop, the heart, which causes premature death.

Too often this protocol is “sold” to the family of the patient in the most loving terms, exploiting their sympathies with pleas of “let’s help them die in comfort” or “you don’t want them to suffer anymore.” Many times, music and ministers to pray over the patient are brought in to make the dying process “easier.” Do not be deceived, killing someone “softly” is still killing them!

Arleen M. Lipke, Cheektowaga, N.Y.

Inspiring read

Re: “Faith on foot” (Faith, Jan. 26).

God bless Trooper Cutone for his leadership and service. Very inspiring! Thank you, OSV, for giving us an interesting and inspiring read.

Jennifer K. Via online comments,

Schools in South?

Re: “Bright ideas” (In Focus, Jan. 26).

Great article but disappointing to see no mention of Catholic schools in the South! They are alive, well and thriving! How in the world did one southern Catholic school not get a mention?

MPD, Via online comments

I have three children at my parish school, but there are two Catholic pre-K through eighth-grade schools within 15 minutes of each filled to the brim. Praise God!

Here’s the kicker: I live in the South where Catholicism was a “no no.” Now we are accepted and thrive. God is good!

MiLi, Via online comments