Last March, when we first closed the church offices, a team of employees started reaching out to parishioners. We wanted to check in, to see if people needed anything and to see if we could help. It felt good to connect with folks, to remember that we were part of a larger community and that we weren’t alone.
And it’s amazing what we’ve learned. Some folks have moved away, some folks have gotten divorced, remarried, or have new babies. We get questions about how to get offertory envelopes, how to get babies baptized, how to preplan a funeral, and where to donate all the things you’ve cleaned out of the closet and what are the plans for our Christmas celebration. Some questions we can answer immediately – some questions we have to refer to someone else, but we do get the questions answered.
Msgr. Clay has embraced this project and asked us to complete our first round of calls by February 17, which is the beginning of Lent. And that timing is perfect because we have big plans for 2021 and we want to make sure we can send you a personal invitation to each of these events. Here’s a quick preview of what’s in store.
- Christianity 101 – a virtual series by Msgr. Clay on claiming our baptismal call.
- Realm – we’re rolling out a new way for the parish to communicate with each other and within ministries. As they say, there’s an app for that!
- Called & Gifted – this was offered many years ago, but it’s a wonderful series that helps you discern your special gift from God and how He is calling you to use this gift in His plan, so we need your help. We can’t do this alone!
- If you would like to help us call the remaining parishioners on our list, please get in touch with me. We will offer you training and resources and best of all, you’ll be calling folks who could be your neighbors. Kathleen.firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-847-8205×241.
- If you think you’re a parishioner, but you’re not sure, please reach out to me or to Kathy Sales 919-847-8205×488, email@example.com.
- If you’d like to help us stay in touch with parishioners who have asked for a periodic call, please sign up for our Caring Connections Ministry at https://www.stfrancisraleigh.org/offer-or-receive-help/ These volunteers can sign up to make friendly calls to parishioners, deliver Feed the Need meals, send birthday cards and kids artwork to parishioners, and print and mail bulletins to those who don’t have access to the internet.
St. Francis is a wonderful, welcoming, sprawling community but without seeing each other every week at mass, we forget that feeling of inclusion and belonging. Can you help us stay connected and extend that same welcome to others?