Sometimes you get lucky

Sometimes things work and sometimes they don’t. Last night at CCD class, we made a connection.

Most of the class was fairly routine. This was the first class we’ve had since mid-November, so it took a little bit of effort to get things rolling. And the material in this particular chapter wasn’t particularly interesting. Finally, the last section of the chapter was a fictional story about a parish that got together to provide a shuttle van system for elderly who couldn’t drive to the grocery store. The point of the story was to show how, as Catholics and Christians, we are obligated to look out for and care for others.

That got us into a discussion of just exactly who we are supposed to care for. The answer, of course, is “everyone.”

Before dismissal, we were supposed to give the students a flier on next week’s class, which will be a special Christmas program. The students are being asked to support the Interfaith Hospitality Ministry (See this earlier post.) by bringing in something to help homeless families who are being sheltered by the IHM. They suggest things like schools supplies, toiletries, towels, diapers, etc.

I challenged the “little darlin’s” to join this effort, but not to take the easy way out. Don’t just ask Mom or Dad to buy something for them to contribute.  I asked them to use a part of their allowance or to do extra jobs around the house to earn money to buy something to contribute to the project.

I am always amazed when a message seems to get through. They actually seemed to “get it.”  We had a good discussion about what they should buy and how they could get the cash to do so. I jokingly suggested they could come over and rake the leaves in my front yard, but I backed out on that when half the class jumped on the idea. I don’t need a gang of 10-year olds showing up at my front door on Saturday morning.

Next week, we’ll see how we’ll see if the message actually translates to action.

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3 responses to “Sometimes you get lucky

  1. It’ll connect with some and not connect with others…but, just as you are doing, keep plugging away with the message and personal examples. Very nice.

  2. I’ll bet they really get into it and surprise you. I hope you’ll write about it afterwards so we can see how things turned out!

  3. I did the CCD class as an adult and had my feet washed one Sunday morning by the Priest. The most interesting part was becoming friendly (no one would ever say “friends”) with the local nun who is so uniformly disliked by all parents in town that the utterance of her name can bring moans from down the block. For some horrid reason they placed her in charge of all CCD activities even though she does not seem to like children and definitely dislikes parents who do not take religious education seriously enough for her (which is probably modestly estimated at 80%). I came to like her and feel incredible empathy for her situation. Someone clearly had it out for this poor woman when they chose to put her in what can only be described as utter hell for a woman of her personality & temperament.

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