The need for "crazy" Catholics


Last month I attended the final Mass at a neighbourhood parish. There were wake-like elements: tears, hugs, conversation, laughter, and stories. It had finality: parishioners would never assemble again in this church. Closing wasn't in their thoughts when terms like "packed" and "long lines" often defined the parish. Had someone asked 50 years ago, "Do you think our parish will ever close?" he or she would have been termed "crazy." But we need "crazy" Catholics. We need Catholics who, when the parish is thriving, think about what it would be like if the parish closed - Brian T Olszewski

The need for "crazy" Catholics