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Greeter Sign-Up and Information

St. Kilian Greeter Sign-Up - click here to sign-up and choose 2019-2020 dates!

Dates for the 2019-2020 Religious Ed year run from August 31/September 1, 2019 thru August 29/30, 2020.
 

St. Kilian Greeter Sign-Up - click here to sign-up and choose 2018-2019 dates!

Dates for the 2018-2019 Religious Ed year run thru August 24/25, 2019.

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

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

It can be lonely living by oneself in a small town, as some do.  But we can always go to Wal-Mart and know that we will be met at the door by a smiling (hopefully) employee who will greet us with “Welcome to Wal-Mart” and give us a shopping cart and maybe a flier with the specials.  If only we could be so lucky at church!  How many times have we gone to Sunday Mass and opened the church door to find ourselves in a dark vestibule, greeted only by lost gloves, mismatched galoshes, other lost and found items and a stack of collection baskets.

The minister of hospitality, or greeter, is a relatively new role for Catholics.  Welcoming and hospitality become important whenever we need to do something together.  It has been more than 50 years since the Second Vatican Council wrote: “Liturgical services are not private functions, but are celebrations of the Church...liturgical services pertain to the whole body of the Church” (Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, No. 26).  This was a revolutionary insight.  It changes everything.  Mass is not a private devotion.  We, as church, are doing something together.  And the priest is not doing “his thing” up front, far away; he is presiding, coordinating and leading the community – our community - in prayer.

Think of how you feel when you are greeted; you feel better and have a more positive attitude.  Greeting our community as we enter for Mass is a good thing.  We get to meet and come to know those that we are praying with; it makes us more of a family.  This is our parish; we should indeed get to know those we worship with.

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!

Each Religious Education family schedule four (4) Masses where the family will be greeters at the doors to the Gathering Space or the Breezeway Entrances.  This requirement can be satisfied by being a Greeter at any St. Kilian Mass from September, 2019 through August, 2020.  Do not forget to sign the sign-in sheet and put on a Greeter Badge when it is your turn to be Greeters.  The badges and sign-in sheet are on the counter in the Sacristy, near the door from the Gathering Space.

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 15-20 minutes before Mass starts.

2) Be available before Mass to open the outside doors and welcome and assist both parishioners 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 2019-2020 dates!

The 2019-2020 dates run from September 2019 to August 2020.

The 2018-2019 dates run from September 2018 to August 2019.

 

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