Pastoral officials in the Paris Archdiocese have responded with a promotional campaign that includes 90,000 posters and the distribution of pamphlets in the streets.
The first posters were placed in supermarkets and shopping centers, while letters were sent to 80,000 families.
According to the archdiocese’s Department of Catechesis, “the decrease in the number of children who usually participate in parish activities is due to the lack of communication of the faith by parents.”
Widely seen in shopping centers in the recent days was a large poster with a curly-haired girl embracing a world map and the phrase: “The Catechism, point of support in life.”
The campaign began Aug. 27 and will end Sept. 10. By that time Paris’ 107 parishes hope to receive the majority of registrations for pastoral activities directed to children. Last year, parish centers welcomed 17,000 children to programs taught by 1,400 catechists.