• Family of Families

    When we refer to our parish, we often refer to our "home" parish. Perhaps this is the parish we grew up at, or the parish we were married at. Maybe it's the parish where we raise our own families, or where we land after relocating to a new city. This is the parish we attend each weekend surrounded by families we experience life with, or watch from afar as they move in and out of seasons of life. Our parish homes are much like our personal homes. They are places where we live and grow together.

    Within our parishes, we find God's family, the Church. And God's family is our family. In his address "The Parish is the Family of Families," Pope John Paul II said, "I invite all who are unsure about the Church or who doubt that you will be welcomed to come home to the family of families, to come home to your parish. You belong there! It is your family in the Church, and the Church is the household of God in which there are no strangers or aliens (cf. Eph. 2:19)."

    There are no strangers in our parishes, as there are no strangers in our homes. In what ways can you reach out to a new parishioner to welcome them into your parish family? In what ways does your parish feel like home?

  • What is the Parish?

    "The parish is where the Church lives. Parishes are communities of faith, of action, and of hope. They are where the Gospel is proclaimed and celebrated, where believers are formed and sent to renew the earth. Parishes are the home of the Christian community; they are the heart of our Church. Parishes are the place where God's people meet Jesus in word and sacrament and come in touch with the source of the Church's life."

    Communities of Salt and Light, p. 1

  • The Parish: A Family of Families

    "It is a special joy when I see young families taking part in the Mass and engaged in the life of the parish. I do not mind when babies are crying or fidgety children are making a lot of noise; these are signals that the Church is young and alive."

    -Supreme Chaplain Archbishop William E. Lori


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