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Greeter Ministry

THE POWER OF A WARM WELCOME, A SMILE, AND AN OPEN DOOR!

 

A revitalization of the Greeter Ministry is taking place at St. Kilian Parish! The parish will be focusing on families in the Greeter Ministry, and individuals are also invited to participate as Greeters!

A Church Greeter is one of the most important roles in the Church! Greeters are the first people that parishioners and visitors see. It is vitally important to be welcoming – not only to people we know or recognize, but especially to our visiting guests! The greeter may assist, and care for the needs of, those entering for worship. Following the example of Jesus who welcomes everyone to the Table, we too are called to offer hospitality and welcome to everyone in the name of the Lord. One can see the importance of having children, youth, and adults experience serving and being Christ to others through the service of hospitality and greeting other parish family members. We are a faith that values community!

  New this year, we are having each Religious Education family schedule six (6) Masses where the family will be greeters at the doors to the Gathering Space or the Breezeway Entrances.

We would also like parish families and individuals not in the Religious Education Program to be part of the Greeters Ministry. What do we mean by family? A newly engaged couple, a husband and wife, families with small children, elementary, middle, and/or high school students, a couple who have been married for a “number of years.” Even friends, grown siblings, or extended families should sign-up! You don’t have family in town anymore? Sign-up to be greeters with friends, fellow widows, widowers; or sign-up as an individual and you will placed with other singles or family groups!

A greeter’s role at the parish liturgy is to greet people as they come into the church and welcome them into the celebration about to take place. Great greeters are those who can put others at ease and convey countless good wishes for those they greet with a simple smile and “hello,” “welcome”, or “glad you are here.” The primary role of the Greeters Ministry is to help people feel welcome as they gather for Mass. An open door and the warm smile of greeters help to set the tone for the Eucharistic celebration, offering hospitality in the name of the Lord.

There are a few basic responsibilities of greeters:

1) Arrive at the church doors chosen about 20 minutes before Mass starts.

2) Be available before Mass to open doors and welcome and assist both regular members and visitors with a smile. Be attentive, especially to elderly, offer assistance with wheelchairs or walkers.

3) Provide directions to the restrooms, sacristy, gathering space kitchen, ushers, etc. as needed.

4) Be present at the end of Mass to open doors and assist people as they leave, wishing them a good week.

At the Last Supper Jesus provided the example of hospitality as service when he washed the feet of the Apostles. When you offer your service as a greeter, you are responding to Christ's example. View your ministry as an act of prayer, an attempt to witness to the living Christ. In so doing you will begin to see the face of Christ in the faces of those whom you serve. The Greeter Ministry perpetuates the essence of Jesus’ own ministry and mission. He welcomed the least and the littlest; extended love, patience, tolerance and acceptance to all.

The Religious Education Program, with the help of the Prayer & Worship Committee, is spearheading this effort.

 

St. Kilian Greeter Sign-Up - click here to sign-up and choose your dates!

 

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