This week’s “Parish Table Talk”: On preaching, worship, and hospitality; Deaf interpreters for parish events; A complement to the corporal works of mercy; plus this Thursday’s blog post.
Watch for this Thursday’s Post:
They Are Coming Home by Deacon Seigfried Presberry, Director of the Office Prison Ministry
Attracting newcomers: What are the most important characteristics people look for when choosing a new congregation? Preaching, style of worship, and hospitality rank among the most important. This article analyzes the numbers and traits of those Catholics seeking a new place of worship, as reported by the Pew Research Center. Now that we are firmly going into the next phase of the Be Missionary Disciples Evangelization-based Parish Planning, how do these national results compare to your parish’s?
Your Parish events available to ALL: Do you have upcoming Bible Studies or special events coming up this fall? Consider putting on your advertising Sign Language Interpreter available upon request and inviting Deaf parishioners to be involved. If you need help finding an interpreter, contact our Coordinator of Deaf Ministry, Sue Gudenkauf at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Caring for the environment: Pope Francis has encouraged the faithful to use the holy year to ask forgiveness for the “sins” against the environment. He made the ambitious proposal to include “care for the environment” as a complement of the traditional works of Mercy in a message to mark the church’s World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, which he instituted last year in a bid to highlight his ecological concerns.