A few days before leaving for the 2018 Synod on Youth in Rome, Bishop Barron hosted a listening session with a group of young people at Villanova Preparatory School in his region. The goal was to invite the kids to share their ideas, desires, and concerns, so that Bishop Barron could bring those insights with him to the Synod discussions. Today we share the audio of that discussion. Enjoy!

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6 comments on “WOF 148: Listening to Young People Talk About the Church

  1. ANGELES WERNICKE Oct 9, 2018

    WANDERFUL MEETING WITH YOUNG PEOPLE ! THANKS BISHOP BARRON !

    • ANGELES WERNICKE Oct 9, 2018

      HOW MUCH I LIKED YOUR AND THE YOUTHS COMMENTING THAT ONE IS NOT IN THE CHURCH BECAUSE OF SOME OR ALL ITS MEMBERS ARE SAINTS, BUT BECAUSE OUR LORD IS IN THE HOST FOR US, EVERYWHERE AND ALLWAYS !

  2. Racheal Oct 10, 2018

    That was an interesting podcast, well moderated, good questions. There is one detail that I have to disagree with you on Bishop Barron when you answer the question about teacher aand witness. I don’t know you that well, so I don’t know how well of a witness you are to the faith, in that you mean by your day-to-day example. I’m not around you all the time and I’m not privileged to know your inner life. It actually, and I’m going to be blunt, wouldn’t matter to me what kind of witness you were. I would still listen to you; listen to you as a teacher and sometimes more than that.

  3. Lynda MacFarland Oct 10, 2018

    After a young person is confirmed, parents have a role in helping them to find out what to do next in the Church, how to serve the other members of the Body of Christ. They can only do that if THEY are also ‘doing something!’
    I asked my kids after they were confirmed, what do you want to do now to serve? My daughter had always been in the choir. She began to cantor. My son had been an altar server. He became a lector. That was a start! Both went on to continue to serve in their own way as adults on their own now. We have to lead by example, Moms & Dads. God bless you, Bishop Barron, for listening to the youth in your diocese and for asking for their input before representing them in Rome! Not surprising, but very smart!

  4. Laura Oct 10, 2018

    I very much like the comment about Mass being available at different times – it is very practical, but within a town or area, it has always confused me why there is rarely enough coordination to adapt to different schedules. If St. Joe’s daily mass was at 7am, St. Pat’s was noon, and St. Ann’s was 5:30 dependably, more people could attend – but its a mind shift to serve the area not just St. Joe’s parishioners. Same with Holy Days of Obligation – post times prominently on the website and talk within the town or area to have schedule options.

  5. Linda M DeRoze Oct 10, 2018

    This would have been much more effective/helpful if I could have heard the questions the young people were asking. There would be questions after which there was applause. I would appreciate what the youth thought was so important that they clapped in agreement. Just a suggestion, thanks.

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