Let the parish stretch your family, part two

Like joining the local health club, parish membership has its benefits. Take a look:

Yes, we belong! Joining a parish brings with it a sense of ownership. Your church becomes an extension of your home, and you move from being a polite visitor to becoming an active participant and decision-maker. At the time of registration, most parishes have a form that essentially asks two things: What can the parish do for you? What can you do for the parish? This give-and-take of the church serving you, and you jumping in to serve where you are able, makes for a vibrant parish.

Church: It’s not just for Sunday anymore. Belonging to a specific parish means you get to enjoy those elements of the Catholic Church that may not be universal—each parish has its own continuing education programs, prayer groups, opportunities to socialize, and ministries for children. While friendly relationships can certainly develop through happenstance meetings at Mass, true friendships and a sense of community are more likely to come in smaller, more focused, interest-based activities.                …continued next week.

—by Annemarie Scobey  from the pages of At Home with Our Faith, Claretian Publications’ print newsletter for parents on nurturing spirituality in the home. Winner of the 2010 and 2011 General Excellence award from the Catholic Press Association. Here’s a sample issue.

We offer very low rates for parish use, as well as our free Moms’ Night Out monthly discussion guides.

And don’t miss our popular single-page parish handouts on handing on the faith, helping kids understand the Mass, Lent, and Advent.

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