As a young adult who attends Mass on a weekly basis, I have caught myself on numerous occasions saying, "There are no young adults in my parish" or "There’s nothing for young adults." I know I’m not alone in having these thoughts. I also realize that in order to fix the situation and have more opportunities for young adults, I need to do something about it.
So earlier this year, I attended a meeting about starting a Rochester chapter of Young Catholic Professionals, a national organization for Catholic professionals in their 20s and 30s to connect with one another and maintain their Catholic faith. There are currently nine chapters in the U.S.
After hearing Noelle Heister, director of the diocesan Office of Evangelization and Catechesis, talk about the organization during the meeting, I decided that I wanted to be a part of starting the local chapter.
Since that meeting, only a few of us who attended have committed to being a part of the process. In order to move forward, we need to have a certain number of people apply to be on our chapter’s leadership team. Right now, we are in need of more young adults from our diocese who are interested in being involved.
If you are a young adult who has complained about the lack of activities or offerings for Catholic young adults, I hope you’ll consider joining us. Even though we are not yet an official chapter, I have already met fellow young adults from the diocese, and I’m enjoying getting together with them as we work toward our goal of establishing a Rochester chapter.
Check out our Facebook page for more information. Hopefully, in a few months, I’ll be able to write about the kick-off event for the Rochester chapter of Young Catholic Professionals.