The singles group is more for the 20-30-somethings; it's as if iddle-aged single Catholics don't exist.
Not trying to be snide, but the problem does need attention.
How to deal with the expectation that at our age, we must surely be sexually "experienced"?
How, even if one has learned how to be assertive with really obnoxious pushy people, one has become afraid to date at all because of the fear of how to bring up the fact that I will not engage in premarital sexual activity?
What I'd really like to start a good idea-sharing discussion about is this -- why with all the chastity material available out there, is there so little pertaining to chaste dating for middle-aged Catholics like myself?
Ten Ways to Chaste Dating for the over-21 Crowd and for those who live Outside the Home Please note that teenagers should never “date” without supervision. Keep that always in mind and terminate the relationship if and as soon as you realize this is not the person. Never allow yourself to be alone in a closed room or parked car with your date. Make a regular practice of worshipping and praying together. Dress appropriately for the occasion but always modestly. Regardless of who “pays” for the date no one “owes” anybody anything. Any actions that cause sexual arousal (need I define them? A peck, a quick kiss (mouths closed), a brief hug or holding hands are permissible, they are non-sexual expressions of affection. I'm getting closer in my search -- this group may fill gaps I've been aware of for years -- and more so since I became officially middle-aged!My diocese has kind of a young-adults/golden-agers generation gap thing. These, we think, are just the words that the people of South Florida were waiting to hear.Editor’s note: Emily is the author of The Catholic Girl’s Survival Guide for the Single Years. Just so we’re clear right up front, I’m not saying everyone should make a hard-and-fast rule to never stay up late talking to their honey or not kiss a guy until they’ve got a ring on their finger.