How do bustling parishes stir up so much activity and enthusiasm? Experts share a few key ingredients that have proven to be a recipe for success.
It’s a good man, or rather a good deacon, who sees remodeling a parish bathroom as a great opportunity to attract new parishioners. But then Deacon Jesus Espinoza sees most everything as a chance to welcome newcomers at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Aloha, a suburb of Portland, Oregon.
Kristen Hannum is a freelance journalist based in Denver, Colorado.
Instead of greeting people with the third degree, the church should welcome them with open arms.
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One day a woman came to our church office just wanting me to bless her 3-year-old son. Boy, did he put up a fight. The only offices he knew were medical offices, and he thought I was going to give him a shot. Unfortunately, that little boy is not the only Catholic intimidated to visit a church office.
Claretian Father Rosendo Urrabazo is the provincial superior of the USA Province of the Claretian Missionaries.
By getting to know people with disabilities, we can learn to value all as part of the human family.
In a June 11 audio message to the Italian Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Pope Francis encouraged the association to “spread a culture of encounter, solidarity and hospitality towards persons with disabilities, not just asking for the proper social services but also encouraging their active participation in society.”