For some reason I have had more than the normal share of people ask me about becoming Catholic this year. My response is you live in the ______parish boundaries, so you need to call Father_____at the parish.
I feel like I am brushing them off by just giving the name and phone number. At the same time I don't want to push them or come off as over bearing once they spark interest. Any advice on what to say? If they are under 16 (my daughters friends most the time) my response is have your parents call. How appropriate would it be if I talked to children/teenagers without their parents permission?
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I don't think you are trying to convert people if they ask you first. If you feel like you are being cold, just giving them the connection, you should feel free to talk to them more. I would say something to the effect of, how nice that you are considering your spiritual life Catholicism fulfills me in ________ way. Then offer to answer in general questions for them with the understanding that they will get expert answers from the priest. I personally believe that 16yr olds (the age of my daughter as well) are old enough to make up their own mind on spiritual matters so I would be ok with giving them general info. but if you aren't than you could offer to answer any questions they have or tell them about your thoughts/feelings about your religion in a sit down with them & a parent.
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