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Do you think the issue of a growing number of single Catholics is best addressed by...

Feb 20th 2013

  • Youth Ministry - 5.8%
  • Young Adult Ministry - 46.7%
  • Marriage & Family Life - 35.9%
  • Religious Vocations Office - 5.2%
  • Social Justice Ministry - 6.3%

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June 16th, 2014 - Lee-1060250 said:

Formed groups in parish's who have expressed concern for those who are in the single life particularly older singles.

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March 21st, 2014 - George-166509 said:

The Church needs to return to the Traditional Latin Mass, which inspires fervor and holiness among Catholics, unites Catholics, and helps serious Catholics find other serious Catholics for friendships and marriage. The Novus Ordo? Ho....hum....

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February 16th, 2014 - Albert-793461 said:

These are all important areas. But the one area that I would like to see more activity in is in the area of ministry for singles who are in their 40s. This doesn't quite fit the criteria of a Young Adult Ministry. I don't know if other people feel the same way. I just don't get why my age group seems left out of consideration when it comes to singles ministries.

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May 15th, 2013 - Theresa-110510 said:

Bob says 'it is the responsibility of the laity to initiate apostolates where they see the need.' Bob, have you tried getting something going in your parish or diocese, or in joining something that currently appears to be working and helping to grow it to reach more parishes? Well, I have done all three; and you would not believe the opposition you run into from priests who don't seem to want singles events in their parishes; are not at all concerned if their parishes have ways for their members to meet. If a marriage doesn't work they'll just hand 'em an annulment! They are not getting that the point is for their members to feel like they too are part of the church community; and to know people who also share their beliefs that they can be friends with, possibly meet partners to date and marry: to grow in their faith.

How wonderful would it be to meet the love of your life while at a social justice event sponsored by others with your group, or while you were on a missionary trip? I know of someone who met her husband while doing missionary work out of country - what a great story. (They are both Protestant.) You know when you meet someone in this way that they are a quality Christian.

But no - these groups need to be run by the church. To keep them ongoing, and so that they take the responsibility of overseeing any stalkers or creeps in the groups are removed from it (which unfortunately is an issue our church singles groups have.) The only reason I believe we have this and Protestant churches don't is because we don't have faith formation throughout our lives while they do; and many going to Mass Sunday's do it to fulfill their obligations only; and don't know how to live their lives as Catholics once they go out on their own into the world (to work, etc.) Due to lack of youth groups when even younger, there are those with poor social skills as well. And many don't bring values any different than had you met someone in a secular way to the table - so the spiritual presence is essential or you c

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May 14th, 2013 - Elissa-829089 said:

I guess Social Justice Ministry translates to doing works of service with other parish members. I think this would be a great way to meet people and accomplish something for the Church at the same time; better than socializing and feeling desperate, especially as one gets older...!

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May 13th, 2013 - Cindy-681844 said:

Marriage and trying times

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May 13th, 2013 - Tara-971985 said:

For me it's Social Justice Ministry.. those who are in a spot of trouble in their life and need some help and support so they can get back on their feet. Whether that be volunteering at a homeless shelter or soup kitchen, crisis shelters, etc. As Christians I feel faith through service whenever possible is important. But we all have different talents and things we enjoy doing, or more importantly feel called to do.

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Poll Demographics

Youth Ministry (63 votes)
Overall Response
5.5%
Men
5.6%
Women
5.5%
18-25 yr olds
8.0%
26-35 yr olds
4.8%
36-50 yr olds
4.7%
51+ yr olds
6.2%
Young Adult Ministry (528 votes)
Overall Response
46.4%
Men
44.6%
Women
47.7%
18-25 yr olds
54.0%
26-35 yr olds
68.5%
36-50 yr olds
38.0%
51+ yr olds
31.2%
Marriage & Family Life (414 votes)
Overall Response
36.3%
Men
40.2%
Women
33.3%
18-25 yr olds
25.7%
26-35 yr olds
21.3%
36-50 yr olds
43.6%
51+ yr olds
46.9%
Religious Vocations Office (64 votes)
Overall Response
5.6%
Men
4.4%
Women
6.6%
18-25 yr olds
8.8%
26-35 yr olds
3.0%
36-50 yr olds
7.4%
51+ yr olds
5.3%
Social Justice Ministry (70 votes)
Overall Response
6.1%
Men
5.2%
Women
6.9%
18-25 yr olds
3.5%
26-35 yr olds
2.4%
36-50 yr olds
6.2%
51+ yr olds
10.4%