“The new evangelization calls for personal involvement on the part of each of the baptized.” The Joy of the Gospel, Pope Francis I, n. 120
Catholics Coming Home
Most people discover that coming back to Church is not an event as much as it is a process that involves a little pain, a little laughter, some thinking, some prayer, some discernment and a lot of letting go. “My actual return to full participation in a parish took about three years after I felt the first longing,” one person admitted. And what do they get in return? The Catholic Church offers union with Jesus Christ in Scripture, in prayer, in the community of others, in the Eucharist, and in the other sacraments. It offers spiritual support in good time and in bad. It offers divine wisdom that it thousands of years old. It offers meaning and purpose in this life and the promise of life after death. You’ll know you are home when you begin to feel a deep sense of peace. To help people begin this process, we offer an eight week Catholics Coming Home each January. This group meets to discuss current topics, ask questions and connect with others.
Members of our Pastoral Council serve as Welcome Ambassadors for new preschool and parish families. A call or email is extended to welcome new members to our community and introduce them to our programs and services.
A group of women are taking turns serving as Greeters at the 10:30 am Mass. Their duties include being familiar with our Pastoral Plan, Shaping Our Future, and the various ministries and services provided at St. Matthias. They arrive fifteen minutes early, read the bulletin to become families with upcoming events, greet parishioners and guests as they enter the church, and direct new parishioners or people with questions to Lisa in the office. After Mass, they handout bulletins and thank those who’ve worshipped with us.