Our Welcomers are an important part of Saint Maximilian Kolbe parish; at both our Churches we have members of our congregation at the church entrances to help support and guide the visitors to our parish and new and returning congregation. The Welcomers are there to ensure everyone can enjoy the mass and have everything they require to be able to take part fully.
One of our Welcomers said the following:
” I arrive at the church early so that I can sort the books out. I make sure that the parishioners have a prayer book, a hymn book with the new translation card inside and a newsletter.
I welcome everyone with a smile especially the little ones and I always get a thank you. I enjoy doing it”
We encourage any members of our parish to become part of the welcoming team and aim to ensure that everyone who enters one of our churches it met with a smile, a warm welcome and can feel comfortable with being part of our parish family.
Baptism preparation takes place during and after Sunday Masses over 3 weeks. Dates of the meetings are published in the newsletter.
Adult Formation takes place on Monday evenings in the Presbytery. The group meet and further their knowledge and understanding of the Sunday readings, the church seasons and what we believe.
For the Children’s First Forgiveness and First Holy Communion the Family, Parish & School work together to help the children understand the Mission of Jesus and to explore the gifts that God has given to us.
The children are enrolled in the Autumn term, from then they begin to work in school, at home and have meetings in the Parish to prepare for their First Forgiveness and First Holy Communion in the Spring term.
Marriage Preparation is a course which offers welcome, information and reflection for those planning marriage in the Catholic Church. Please see attached articles relating to this topic
Welcome the Word
Welcome the Word is a very popular after school club held at Holy Spirit Church on a . It lasts about a hour focussing upon we read the Gospel story of the week from the Lectionary. We bring Jesus and his story out of the pages by doing various activities and talking about what Jesus has been up to. We go into the Church to learn about the Mass, Liturgical Seasons, the different Gospel writers and even practice reading from the lectern. As well as all the activities we pray together and talk about our different experiences of prayer.