Friday, 28 September 2007

...should I feel guilty at being sceptical ?


Workshop to help parishes serve families

The Everybody’s Welcome project of the Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales is holding a workshop to help parishes meet the needs of families. It will be led by Janette Davidson, an experienced leader in family ministry in Australia. Family Sensitive Approaches to Parish Life takes place at the Britannia Hotel, Wolverhampton, Sunday October 21st. The session begins at 9.30 am, finishes in time for Mass at 12 noon and lunch will be served at 1pm. The registration fee is £5 per person and includes lunch if required

4 comments:

Mrs Jackie Parkes MJ said...

As far as i can tell you might be right..i think they want to make sure no-one in different types of families gets offended..you get my drift....

Anonymous said...

I don`t understand - what is there to be sceptical about ? I think it is just an initiative to encourage people back to Mass and the Sacraments, who, for whatever reason may have been cut off. Is it wrong to try and do that ? It could be that I am missing something .......

Not a Trained Liturgist said...

I've just looked at the "Everybody`s Welcome" site in more detail. On Oct 20th, the previous day to the families day, they are running a day highlighting Pastoral Care for those living with mental illnesses in our Catholic parishes and Communities. It seems to me these people are trying to do the work of the Gospel. I bet THEY don`t have time for self-righteous blogging.... I am noticing that many many Catholic blogs at the moment are characterized by a theme that could be summed up like this: "I'm so lucky that I'M on the right track. Aren`t we just the best spirituality around in the Catholic Church today. Look at us, we`re so clever, being able to point out everyone`s faults and criticise everything for not being perfect. Oh, the joy of being so self-satisfied.....AND we go to Latin Mass.. could we actually get any better ?"
We all know the Bishops Conference is far from perfect but we need to recall that it is the POPE, i.e. Papal Authority, who appointed them. To read some Catholic Blogs these days, you`d think the authors were more Catholic than the Pope sometimes.

Please give us all a break and spread a little light for a change.

On the side of the angels said...

Sorry to sound cynical; and assuredly we must support every good work toward community bulding within our parishes - but I'm sorry to reiterate my scepticism; in fact your posting seemed to vindicate it : pastoral care for the mentally ill ??? Trust me I've been on enough of these [and their ilk] to last a lifetime - how in the name of all sanity are we supposed to learn anything about mental illness and the way it effects people in so many ways ; let alone the sensitivities required to even encroach upon 'dealing with them'!!!
Yes, that's what it's about - dealing with people - categorising anyone different as being of 'special needs' that require segregation and designation as requiring 'extraordinary' treatment - well let me tell you as the partner to a woman who had severe post-natal depression for two periods of over two years and as the brother of a schizophrenic that the last thing anyone mentally ill needs is to feel any more 'different'!
I've witnessed first-hand the way 'pastoral ministry' training seeks to compartmentalise people and rather than integrate them; their attempts at 'integrating' invoke embarassment and an awkward insensitivity; and their main intent is less a "make the 'poor soul' feel 'a part of the community'" but more a satisfactorily smug and complacent sense of 'dealing with an issue and 'caring at a special level'' in the head of the pastoral minister !
Some may feel it cruel of me to criticise anyone's good intentions; but when the claims of the objective are both unreasonable and susceptible to causing more harm than good; one has to state it.
I have participated in many seminars like this , and they are so affable and laden with sympathy; but they are invariably more directed towards benefitting the participants rather than the people it is supposed to be assisting.