Spiritual Living for Singles: Living Single in a Couple’s World
The announcements listed in church bulletins on any given Sunday might lead one to assume that everyone who goes to church is married with children. Indeed, if you are a single person, you might wonder whether you even exist. There are announcements for religious-education classes; preparation for baptism, first Communion, first reconciliation, and confirmation; youth-group activities; and family events.
True, there are also notices of parish council meetings; anyone regardless of age, sex, or marital status can serve on a parish council. Single people can sing in the choir and serve as lectors and Eucharstic ministers, as many do. And social events, such as parish dinners and dances don’t exclude singles, even though they are attended by mostly married couples. Occassionally, meetings for the divorced and widowed are held. For the most part however, the needs of single people in the parish, especially the never-married (unless they are considering religious life) are unmet….