Diarmuid Martin, the Archbishop of Dublin, has asked parishes to reflect on how church life can be renewed, following the World Meeting of Families.
He suggested it was a pervasive, widespread individualism that was turning young people in particular away from the Church.
Speaking at Mass in St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, Dublin, the archbishop asked each parish to find its own “path of reflection” with the aim of setting out a “realistic agenda for renewal”. He also stressed the importance of addressing questions about faith.
“Why are we no longer captivating so many of our young people for the message of Jesus Christ?” he said. “Which models of pastoral activity and reflection are most likely to win the hearts of young people for the message of Jesus? How do we teach young people about prayer? How can our parishes respond to these challenges? Which aspects of our dominant culture make it harder for people to understand the message of Jesus? I am thinking … about a widespread individualism that invades everything from personal life to our economic vision.”
Parishes have been asked to begin this reflection around the Feast of St Laurence O’Toole, patron saint of the archdiocese, on 14 November.