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"The biggest disease is not leprosy or tuberculosis, But rather the feeling of being unwanted."
- Blessed Mother Theresa
 

 

 

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In many cases, parishes just want to know what should we do to be more welcoming?  Our answer to that question, in most cases, is to undergo culture change and this does not occur overnight.  Culture change requires a process and we believe the process we have created, tested and successfully implemented is a good vehicle for creating the necessary culture change in parishes.  "But just tell us what to do!"  Many just want to move from the problem to the solution without entering into culture change.  We don't think this is the best approach, but for those who yearn for welcoming practices, here is a good article about 20 ways of welcoming people to church.

Read Best Practices in Parishes in US Catholic

XIII Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, Final Report, 10/28/2012 (#3 Stresses the necessity for forming more welcoming communities in service to the Universal Church's efforts toward the New Evangelization).

Read 2012 article in St. Augustine Catholic

Read 2012 article in Catholic San Francisco

Read 2012 article in St. Anthony's Messenger

Read 2011 op-ed published in Catholic Messenger

Read 2011 article on workshops in Iowa City, IA

Sample Welcoming Parish Survey

Sample Parish Survey Analysis Report

Sample Parish Observation Report

Sample Telephone Interview Report

Sample Overall Assessment of a Parish as a Welcoming Community

Church Welcoming Selected Bibliography

Some Best Practices in Church Welcoming Programs

Welcoming the Stranger Among Us (This link takes you to the USCCB web site)

Presentation to the Bishop, priests and deacons of the Diocese of Davenport

 

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