Have you ever been greeted with a welcoming smile and a hello as you have entered for Mass on the weekends? Well if so, it’s likely you have witnessed a critical ministry here at St. Francis parish in action! “Greeting necessitates taking the initiative in extending yourself. It is humbling. I appreciate the need to be acknowledged,” says Maureen Malone, one of our SFA Greeters, who offers a welcome to those parishioners and visitors who attend Mass here each weekend. “I thoroughly enjoy being a greeter and welcoming the new and established parishioners to our beautiful church. I especially love it when we get visitors and they comment about being greeted and that we are there to answer any questions,” Pat King continues. This ministry is not time-consuming but is extremely vital to our parish as we look to live out our mission. The greeters simply arrive for Mass 20-25 minutes early, then open the doors, offer bulletins or song sheets, and say hello to those who enter. “You never know if that is the only friendly smile or greeting a person might get that day,” states Mary Elwood, coordinator of the Greeters. “I have had newcomers tell me that they felt at home when they came because of our ministry. Greeters welcome everybody into our community of Christ.” “It is with great gratitude that I have been given the honor to represent our parish,” says Susan Davis.”I have had the opportunity to meet so many people that I would have never known otherwise. I can honestly say that this ministry is a true blessing to me and I give thanks that I am able to participate.”
For more info or to join this ministry, contact Mary at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This spotlight was originally published in the March issue of the St. Francis Grapevine.