Look for this card or print your own.
I wonder if there’s anything I can do to influence my friends to get involved in church-and even go more often? Can you help?
Evangelization is always a delicate balance. Faith itself is a gift, yet it needs to be nourished. So any influence you have needs to be the kind that encourages and invites deeper commitment, stronger faith, and a desire for God. Being “preachy” or overly pious often has the exact opposite effect. In the Gospel Jesus says you will know a tree by its fruit. Show others the fruit of the church’s work and ministry. Look for activities, service projects, special events, outreach programs, etc., that you can invite them to. Introduce them to the priest and pastoral staff. Use personal contact to make others feel welcome and comfortable. The best way to be a witness to the faith is by doing. When your friends, cradle Catholics or not, see what you do and what the community of faith does to live and spread the Gospel, they’ll want to be part of it. People are drawn to be part of something that is good, helpful, and makes their lives better. You just have to show them that the church is more than just Sunday Mass or a stopover for Christmas. Jesus called the apostles with little more than “Come and see!” You can too.
Invite Someone Back to Mass
If your Mass commitment is solid, the challenge then is to invite someone back to Mass. Sunday Mass commitment transforms. How to Counter Common Excuses:
I don’t need to go to Mass to get close to God. At Mass you receive God himself—Even a mountain vista can’t compare to this.
I don’t get anything out of Mass. Learn about what Mass does: joins us to Christ, separates us from sin, wipes away venial sins, commits us to the poor, and prepares us for heaven.
Have you been wanting to invite a relative, friend, or neighbor to Holy Cross?
Invite them to one of the many events held at Holy Cross. Not sure how to approach that person?
You can personalize our invitation postcard located in the ministry rack in the parish center foyer.
How Can I Welcome the New Faces in My Congregation?
by Jenny Ertel, Stewardship
Everything we do is rooted in holy scripture, our road map for our faith journey. What has scripture to tell us about welcome and hospitality.
Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.
With parishes closing, we have many new faces in our pews, people discerning where to make their home parish. For myself, I am sometimes wary of asking if someone is new when their face is unfamiliar to me. Are they new or is that I just don’t know them because I don’t usually go to this Mass, and they’ve been coming to Holy Cross as long as I have. I don’t want to welcome, and possibly offend, someone who’s been here all along.
The Stewardship Committee has been focusing on how to make all people feel welcome, not just put the words on a banner. I realized that I could be doing more to welcome anyone who is a “stranger” to me, even if they are only new to me.
Many people find it difficult to talk to newcomers/strangers. Here are a few tips to make this easier.
- Extend a welcoming gesture, a warm smile
- Make eye contact during the Greeting of Peace
- Say, “Hello! Have we met before? I’m Jenny Ertel.”
- Move over or get up and let someone in when we see them still searching for a seat at Mass
- Invite a “stranger” to join “our” group at Coffee Hour
As chair of the Stewardship Committee, I encourage all of us—current parishioners and visitors—to try these suggestions (if we haven’t already) sometime from the time we enter the church parking lot until we make our