As we think about how we want to welcome people to our parish, we know that sometimes this can be more difficult that we might think. Those of us who have been at this parish for a long time feel right at home, and sometimes “newcomers” can be a real challenge.
But we are encouraged to remember that “all are welcome” in our faith community! This means that we must greet everyone with kindness and enthusiasm as we see people coming to be a part of our parish.
There are so many divisions in our world today. Next weekend, we will be observing “World Mission Sunday”. It is a time for us to reach out to not only our local area in the name of Christ, but to the entire world. Let us be attentive to the many opportunities we have to be missionaries in our own situations today!
Our diocese is promoting the “Courageously Living the Gospel” outreach. Let’s be dedicated to be a part of that and be true missionaries in our own time.
My thanks to our ushers and greeters at our Masses who reach out to everyone. I am so happy when I hear that people feel welcomed in our parish! It lets me know that that we are doing what God has asked of us as “intentional disciples”.
Saturday, October 27, is our diocesan Family Faith Fest in Al Lopez Park in Tampa. We hope that as many people as possible can be part of this wonderful family event, celebrating the Diocese of St. Petersburg at 50 years!
And let us continue to pray for one another.