It is time for us to welcome back more of the faithful with a renewed amazement that we have a God who is so close to us and who has such a deep love for us that he comes to us in flesh and blood. Active participation in Mass is an occasion for all of us to avail ourselves of the immeasurable spiritual graces Christ desires for his faithful.
—Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron, Letter to the Faithful, February 9, 2021
Welcome Back Playbook: Come Home To Hope Edition
The Department of Evangelization and Missionary Discipleship has put together a Welcome Back Playbook to help pastors, parish staff, and key volunteers strategize and plan to greet and minister to those who come to our parishes in the weeks and months ahead. The playbook includes ideas in the areas of hospitality, liturgy and sacraments, prayer, evangelization and catechesis, and pastoral care and outreach.
Sample script for calling parishioners
When the pandemic began, we heard from parish leaders in the EGW online community that one of the most effective ways to engage parishioners was by doing outreach calls. As we invite people back to full participation in the Eucharist at Mass, we encourage you to use this outreach tactic again.
Sample ‘welcome back’ letter to send your parish community
A letter from the pastor is one of the most essential messages to share with your parish community. You are welcome to use this letter for inspiration and adapt it as you see fit. It can be sent via email, included in the bulletin, or mailed to parishioners.
Update Mass and Confession schedule at the new www.massfinder.org
As people begin to safely return to Mass, many will be searching for updated times knowing that some parishes have made changes to their Mass schedule. For this reason and to better serve the Archdiocese, we have updated massfinder.org. It now includes additional information such as confession times, listing of Masses in other languages (Korean, Polish, Latin), livestream Masses, and multiple site locations. Please review the information from your parish in massfinder.org and let us know if anything needs to be updated.
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