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To: Nihil Obstat

A young friend is studying for the Diaconate and is now doing his pastoral work. He was assigned to CCD classes on the spur of the moment. He began the class by asking the students to say a prayer that they had memorized. One student pointed out that "we usually just read something from this book." He said, "no, we are going to say a prayer you have memorized." After going through a laundry list of popular prayers, it struck him that the class as a whole did not know ONE prayer from memory. That apparently included the Our Father.

The piece may be a parody, but it is closer to the Truth than we'd care to admit, N.O.

Frank


12 posted on 03/04/2006 11:52:29 AM PST by Frank Sheed ("Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies because they become fashions." ~GK Chesterton.)
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To: Frank Sheed

That's pathetic. I wonder if the former CCD teacher knew any prayers. God bless the young Deacon. Saint Lawrence pray for him.

http://www.catholic-forum.com/saints/saintl02.htm


13 posted on 03/04/2006 12:19:15 PM PST by Nihil Obstat
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To: Frank Sheed; Nihil Obstat
After going through a laundry list of popular prayers, it struck him that the class as a whole did not know ONE prayer from memory. That apparently included the Our Father.

Dittos on NO's comment - 'pathetic'. This is truly a sad state of affairs.

Since both of you are online right now, I'm hoping you can enlighten me on something. Last night our parish began its Lenten 'Stations of the Cross'. Father was under the impression that many local parishes were not holding this devotional and he agreed to run an ad in the diocesan newspaper.

The turnout was better than usual for our parish but still pitiful. However, there was a new face in the last pew, which brought consolation.

The Stations prepared by Father was extremely moving. I'll have to borrow the book and reprint several of the meditations. It lasted an hour. Afterwards, I extened my hand to the casually dressed newcomer and thanked him for joining us. He smiled, said he enjoyed it and identified himself as a priest. He is from the Boston Diocese and is being transferred to Albany but has not yet received his parish appointment. Is this normal? It's not like Boston has a surplus of priests that they can afford to lose one. He is also enthralled with Bishop Hubbard and 'thanks God' for him. I'm confused.

15 posted on 03/04/2006 12:49:59 PM PST by NYer (Discover the beauty of the Eastern Catholic Churches - freepmail me for more information.)
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