Sherry's Weddell's first chapter main point regarding the alarming trends in the reduced number of Catholics that no longer practice their faith:
"If this trend does not change, in ten years it will cease to matter that we have a priest shortage. The Builders will be largely gone, the Boomers retiring,and our institutions- parishes and schools- will be emptying at an incredible rate...So let's be clear: In the twenty-first century, cultural Catholicism is dead as a retention strategy, because God has no grandchildren. In the twenty-first century, we have to foster intentional Catholicism rather than cultural Catholicism".
This statement seems to be the essence of Chapter 1 and which sets up all to follow.
Remember that Sherry wrote this book several years ago and trends in the interim have not contradicted her proposition regarding the direction of trends, especially here in the northeast.
Question: Does Sherry’s perspective resonate with you about our present circumstances at Saint Josephine Bakhita? How so? Be as specific as you can.