Young people working in the Vatican’s Internet office. CNS file photo

Studies show that young adults lag behind other demographics in just about every religious activity: attending Mass, reading the Bible, and praying daily among other measures. Parishes have great difficulty reaching them.

Yet these same young adults are typically the most savvy with new media. Inviting these “digital natives” to instruct the parish’s “digital immigrants” can be a prime way to engage, connect with, and evangelize them.

Young people who are experts at e-mail, Facebook, and blogging can teach older parishioners who are just breaking into the computer world. Similarly, pastors can institute a Digital Ministry Commission in their parish, inviting young people to become leaders on the team.

Each of these measures can draw young people deeper into parish life, paving the way for a relationship with Christ. - CNS

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