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PostPosted: Sat Oct 28, 2017 6:13 pm 
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Does your church have greeters at Sunday Mass?

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 Post subject: Re: Greeters
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 Post subject: Re: Greeters
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I really don’t pay attention. I find them annoying and distracting as I’m trying to get in for Mass and I consider it a victory if I can get to the pew without having to socialize.

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 Post subject: Re: Greeters
PostPosted: Sun Oct 29, 2017 12:39 am 
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Mrs. Timmy wrote:
I really don’t pay attention. I find them annoying and distracting as I’m trying to get in for Mass and I consider it a victory if I can get to the pew without having to socialize.

I tell my wife if I wanted to shmooze I'd join one of those big-box churches and get a cuppa coffee on the way to my seat.

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 Post subject: Re: Greeters
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Riverboat wrote:
Mrs. Timmy wrote:
I really don’t pay attention. I find them annoying and distracting as I’m trying to get in for Mass and I consider it a victory if I can get to the pew without having to socialize.

I tell my wife if I wanted to shmooze I'd join one of those big-box churches and get a cuppa coffee on the way to my seat.


Well, said, both of you. Don't forget to pick up a doughnut.

However, there are many Catholics who have left the Church because other venues offer a social experience that is quite different that every parish I have attended. When visiting friends a week or so ago, DW attended a Baptist church with the family. She remarked about how pleasant and welcoming and energetic and happy and social everything was. I'll be keeping an eye on her.

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 Post subject: Re: Greeters
PostPosted: Sun Oct 29, 2017 10:16 am 
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not only do we have greeters (typically they hold the door open at two of the main entrances to the church so we need 18 folks to serve every weekend), but when there is a "call to serve" plea coming from the priest during Mass, that is one of the ministries that is singled out

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 Post subject: Re: Greeters
PostPosted: Sun Oct 29, 2017 12:05 pm 
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It doesn't matter to me one way or the other, but for new faces it can be a good thing in several ways.
Not only for non-Catholics, but for any visitors, and in a college town there tends to be a lot of visitors.
Even for direction into the main church, or to the washrooms ...

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 Post subject: Re: Greeters
PostPosted: Wed Nov 01, 2017 11:46 am 
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Highlander wrote:
Don't forget to pick up a doughnut.

Mm. Donuts. Who doesn't like a good doughnut with coffee? Hey, here's an idea - Open up the parish hall for doughnuts and coffee, and invite newcomers to shmooze with the regulars. The door-greeters get their ministry, the newcomers get to feel good about the parish, and, you know, doughnuts. And the rest of us can find our own seat.

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 Post subject: Re: Greeters
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We do not have official greeters as such, but if I see a face I don't know, I make it a point to be sure to give them a friendly welcome and if there is time, to ask a little about them.

We are a very small parish ( 25 people on any Sunday ) that almost went under two years ago due to some decisions which our bishop made that put us in a deep financial hole. We need new members, and it is conducive to getting them to be sure that strangers know they are welcome.


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 Post subject: Re: Greeters
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Light of the East wrote:
We do not have official greeters as such, but if I see a face I don't know, I make it a point to be sure to give them a friendly welcome and if there is time, to ask a little about them.

We are a very small parish ( 25 people on any Sunday ) that almost went under two years ago due to some decisions which our bishop made that put us in a deep financial hole. We need new members, and it is conducive to getting them to be sure that strangers know they are welcome.

Is your Byzantine Catholic church the only one in the diocese?


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 Post subject: Re: Greeters
PostPosted: Wed Nov 01, 2017 11:43 pm 
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Light of the East wrote:
We do not have official greeters as such, but if I see a face I don't know, I make it a point to be sure to give them a friendly welcome and if there is time, to ask a little about them.

We are a very small parish ( 25 people on any Sunday ) that almost went under two years ago due to some decisions which our bishop made that put us in a deep financial hole. We need new members, and it is conducive to getting them to be sure that strangers know they are welcome.

Is your Byzantine Catholic church the only one in the diocese?


Hmmmmmm.......how do I answer that?

We are listed on the web page of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Arlington, but we are part of the Eparchy of Philadelphia of the Ukrainian Catholic Church. There are three Byzantine Catholic churches in the diocese. I just looked on the diocesan web page and all three, including our parish, are listed in the list.

However, even though we are listed in that site, the bishop who made the decision for us (buying a rectory and establishing a permanent priest, neither of which we could afford) is His Grace Bishop John in the Eparchy of Philadelphia. I don't think (I could be wrong) that Arlington has jurisdiction over us, so I wonder why we are listed in their list, other than our communion with Rome.


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 Post subject: Re: Greeters
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I find them annoying. If I'm visiting a parish and I don't know anyone there the last thing in the world I want to do is have a painfully awkward interaction on my way in. So long as the Holy Eucharist is present in the tabernacle, I'm home, regardless any "welcome the stranger" initiative.

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We have ushers who open the door, help latecomers find a seat (for special days when it is crowded), hand out bulletins after mass.

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