Today I want to look at what it means to be a part of a Parish Family. It requires work and dedication to be a part of any family and our parish family is no exception.
Let me start by saying that every family has its moments. There may be disagreements, people who you don’t really want to be around much, and/or those times when it feels like a chore to go to some get-together. What makes us a family is that at the end of the day we still love each other and still work together toward a common goal.
Here are a few things you can do to be more fully involved in the life of our parish family:
- Participation. Being part of a parish family requires that you actively participate in the spiritual life of the parish. This means that you come to Mass and you participate fully in the celebration of the Eucharist. It also means that you participate in the other sacraments of the church as well.
- Tithe. Keeping the doors open and the parish family growing cost money. Most of the expenses for the parish apart from rent (office supplies, hosts, wine, booklets, pew cards, music, computers, SD cards, thumb-drives, brochures, business cards, promotional materials, etc.) are paid for out of mine and Fr. Matt’s pockets. We do have generous donations that cover our rent at the moment, but the goal is to have a self-sustaining parish at some point. Your financial support of the parish makes this possible.
- Volunteer. Regardless of whether you can tithe financially or not, you can tithe with your time. You can lector at Mass, serve as an acolyte, Eucharistic Minister, Greeter, or help with music. At certain times, we may also need help to do some office work. You can make a big difference in the parish by volunteering your time.
- Spread the word. You can help our little parish to grow by inviting family and friends to worship with us. Later in the month, we will also have flyers, brochures, and postcards (God willing!) that you can use to spread the word about Saint Francis to those around you. You can put up a flyer at community bulletin boards in establishments you frequent regularly. Share our Facebook posts on your own timeline. Word of mouth works best, but any help in getting the word out about our parish is a great help.
These are just four simple ways you can be more fully part of the parish family here at Saint Francis. You help to make our family bigger and better! If you have visited in the past, maybe it is time to give us another try. If you have not been in a while, maybe it is time for some fellowship with like minded people.
Regardless, we hope you will come experience a different way to be a Catholic Parish Family!