by Matt Karr
“There are two ways, one of life and one of death, and there is a great difference between these two ways.”
This is how the Didache begins. The Didache is an early Christian writing of the late first or early second century. However old, this opening sentence still bears a lot of truth even in 21stcentury America. In the end, there remain only two ways, even in our day.
For many Catholic young adults, it is a constant challenge to find the way of life and to remain on it. The world, the flesh, and the devil work hard against many young adults who are looking to follow Christ and find environments where their faith can grow and flourish. Many young adults and young married couples move to Kansas City to find work and establish a life, but often struggle to find a strong, healthy community of young Catholics who are seeking the same ideals. Young Catholics, married or single, need to be very intentional in seeking out fellowship with other Catholics in order for their faith to grow and thrive.
Though there are difficulties, there are many points of light for young adults in the archdiocese, including sports leagues for young adult Catholics, the work of Saint Paul’s Outreach, and the Kansas City Catholic Young Adult group. We continue to work hard in the archdiocesan office of evangelization and Catholic formation to invite young adults in their 20s and 30s into a relationship with Jesus and into the life of the church. Outreach to young adults remains a top priority of our office.
If you are a young adult in the Kansas City area, there are many ways to get involved. Over the course of the next month, we will be hosting a Sunday evening Mass for young adults at Holy Cross Church in Overland Park on April 10 at 5 p.m., followed by food and drinks at a local restaurant.
On the second Thursday of April — April 14 — we have Upper Room Game Night. You are invited to join us for the rosary at 6 p.m., followed by games and drinks at The Other Place bar in old Overland Park. Upper Room Game Night takes place the second and fourth Thursday of each month.
Lastly, we will be hosting Theology on Tap on Friday night, April 29. Come hear Brother Adam from the Christian Life Movement in Denver talk about truth and charity and how young adults can get involved in the social mission of the church.
For more information about young adult ministry in Kansas City, please join the “Kansas City Young Adults” group on Facebook or send an e-mail to me directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org.