Dear Parishioners,

As you may recall, we mentioned in an earlier bulletin that in the recent parish survey a number of you expressed concerns with regard to lack of welcome that you feel when attending liturgies.

I am pleased to announce that Father Joel and I have met with the heads of the Usher and Greeter Ministries and together we are developing procedures that we believe will give everyone who enters the doors of our parish a feeling of welcome and belonging.

In the Rule of St. Benedict, the saint directs his followers to live lives of hospitality in admonishing them to “Let all guests who arrive be received as Christ.” I believe that those words are just as important today as when he first wrote them 1500 years ago – perhaps even more so in this age of individualism where our society seems more interested in the latest media  gimmick than the person beside them.

But Church is not about individualism, it is about community. It is about living out our faith in a community of believers who participate in worship, education, and service with one  another to build up the Body of Christ in the world. And this is where YOU come in. As members of the community I am asking each of you to prayerfully consider becoming part of our Hospitality Ministry by becoming an usher or a greeter. You’re going to be at  Mass anyway – why not serve? It doesn’t have to be every week.

Please keep an eye out for more information in future bulletins, the e-news, or go to our website now  (by clicking here) to sign up!  Be sure to mark your calendar for a training session on Wednesday, August 22 at 7pm.

I look forward to working with you on this. Also, expect to hear more results of the survey in the coming weeks!

Yours in Mary, Our Mother,

Father Jim