If we are to engage more men in church, we need to give them sacred roles they can call their own. Boys need to know from a very early age that church is something for them. Otherwise they will happily yield the religious space to women. As the men withdraw, the church dies. Doubt me? Just look at the Episcopal Church.
This is what we MUST spread to the younger generation of Fathers at St. Clare's- for the sake of their families, for the sake of their children, for the sake of our parish.
A few days ago I posted the state challenge- reach 20% of our quota and net/net on our quota by the end of March, and our council gets $600 from the state. That means two new members joining us at the degrees on February 21st, and two new members at a first degree our council holds at the March Meeting. Talk to all Catholic young fathers you know. Let us try to hit those numbers!