The people of Saint Brendan are boldly moving into the Easter season with a new message series called Bold Moves. As Father Roger and Father Pete preached messages this Sunday about the power of connecting with others in the faith community, we are featuring two important ministries this week: Greeting and Hospitality.
“The ministry of greeting parishioners and guests on Sunday mornings,” said Father Roger, “is a critical aspect of our vision of church. Welcoming others to the table is integral to our faith and to who we are.”
Over one hundred volunteers currently serve as official greeters. One of them, Carol Grewal, is the former principal of Saint Brendan School. “Leaving the school was an extremely difficult decision for me,” Carol said. “I was blessed to be part of so many families’ lives and privy to their joys, trials, and tribulations. Serving as a greeter has allowed me stay connected with my community. I have appreciated being able to greet people with a smile or an uplifting comment, support them with a hug, or just remain part of their lives. And they lift me up too. I get more from being a greeter than what my ministry gives to others. I am truly blessed.”
Saint Brendan’s parish manager, Lisa Rosenlund, experienced a brand of radical hospitality at a church she recently visited in Orange County. “We were welcomed at the door by a friendly woman with a name badge,” Lisa recalled. “I told her it was our first time at the church. She left her post and eagerly showed us around the church campus. Then she escorted us to our seats and asked whether she could help us with anything else. I felt welcomed and safe. It made me want to come back and left a good impression on me for the rest of the service.”
The ministry of hospitality and welcome also regularly brings people together. Though two separate committees, the volunteers in these ministries all work to make newcomers and regulars feel at home when they come to church. After morning Masses on Sundays, the hospitality committee serves up waffles, donuts, and freshly-brewed premium coffee, so that people can linger and spend time together. The welcome committee hosts an annual dinner for new parishioners and connects with them when they first arrive to help them get adjusted to parish life.
“Don’t let fear or apathy keep you from stepping into a new role by becoming an agent of hospitality in our church,” said Father Roger. “Make a bold move and join one of these welcoming ministries.”
Explore the parish ministries webpage (www.stbrendanparish.org/ministries) or contact Sister Angela Furia, who can be reached at (415) 681-4225, or at email@example.com for more information about how you can help.