I'm almost 30. My husband and I have 3 very little kids. I am fortunate to be a stay at home mom. My husband and I are too old for youth group and FOCUS. He wants more than just a Men's Club that fries fish once during Lent and otherwise holds business meetings and plays poker. I want more than the female version of the Men's Club or another Moms' playgroup. (Although I am very, very blessed to have some excellent Catholic moms' groups to which I attend.)
We want something we can do together with other couples. We want to be around other Catholics in their 20's and 30's who are striving for holiness while living our their vocations. We want to be challenged, formed, inspired, and fraternally corrected. We want to see examples in our friends and in mentor couples while perhaps mentoring engaged or discerning young adults. We want our children to have friends whose parents have similar moral standards. We want to have the kinds of friends that hang out at each other's homes, cooking out and potlucking together, camping together, helping each other.
We want a Catholic community that prays, worships, loves, serves, and laughs.
I am sure I am not asking too much. In fact, we are on the fringes of several such communities, but distance seperates us. So this summer we're going to try to drum up some friends in our own parish, while strengthening the friendships we already have there. We have an idea for a simple Bible study - not too overwhelming but it will definitely lay a foundation.
But I'm wondering, what do you want from the church? Or if you have a great community what does it offer that makes it so great? If you could create a ministry what would you want it to do? What topics would be discussed? What ideas do you have? And am I alone in craving those types of relationships? Do those even exist? I wonder if we all want the same thing but everyone's too afraid to put themselves out there - is that even partially true?