January 21, 2011
I have met far fewer fathers than mothers who bring up questions and concerns about the faith of their children, and believe me, you have a lot of these conversations when you are a youth minister. Last week was the first time I met a father who mentioned that he was concerned about the faith of his kids. Never does a week go by without a mother mentioning this, but this was the first time a father brought up his hope for the increased faith of his children. Like so many parents, he is hoping for results from the involvement of his kids in youth group, and of course our local parishes do aim to deliver formation, catechesis, and encouragement in their youth groups and associated functions. For all these valuable efforts, the most important element of a child’s faith is their home life. We as youth ministers and core team are here to supplement and expand upon the faith learned at home. Fathers play an integral part in this. They are such powerful examples to their children.