By Lindsay Steele
The Catholic Messenger
BETTENDORF — Presentations on keeping children engaged in the church once they become adults will take place at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Feb. 25-27.
“So many of our youth are falling away as they get out of high school or even as they enter high school … parents ask, “I thought I did everything right, so why did my kids turn away?’” said parishioner Julie Perenich, one of the event organizers. She said addressing this issue has been a priority for Lourdes Family Mission, which is hosting the event.
The speaker, Florida-based Rosanne Pappas, will share the story of how her son’s rebellion from the faith caused her to change her outlook on faith in the home. The artist, writer, inspirational speaker and former adjunct professor will explain how evangelism starts with the family.
Perenich said Pappas will talk about how she changed her household dynamic from one of shame to one of love and grace. “She realized she could help her children to blossom into the person who God wants them to be, not the person she wants them to be.”
Pappas will give a presentation for youths Feb. 25 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. She will try to help the youths see who they are in God and to be receptive to God’s purpose and plan for them.
A two-part series for adults will take place Feb. 26 and 27 from 7 to 9 p.m. Attendance at both is recommended but not required, Perenich said.
The event is free; persons are welcome to make a free-will donation Feb. 26.