"Every person is Jesus in disguise." - Mother Theresa
St. Monica Catholic Community has long been known as “The House Where All Are Welcome.” This vibrant parish community is blessed with many active ministries and volunteers who do so much to foster a sense of Hospitality in all that we do. And yet, there is always an opportunity to do more.
The mission statement of our Hospitality Ministry is “to reach out in dedicated service with a welcoming spirit of inclusion to all of our brothers and sisters in Christ.”
To actuate this mission, Hospitality Greeters at all weekend liturgies extend a genuine and warm welcome to all who visit the community. All newcomers and visitors are asked to stand and be recognized at the beginning of each mass. A “Welcome Table” is located outside the church door in the patio after each liturgy so that anyone who wishes to register or learn more about St. Monica Parish and the various ministries and outreach programs the parish supports may do so. Efforts are made to encourage existing parishioners to learn more about these opportunities as well. The Welcome Home Program opens the door to those who may have drifted away from the church.
Hospitality is important because it’s the first thing that either happens or doesn’t happen when people walk up to and through our church doors. First impressions are lasting impressions, so we need to “do it right” the first time. We must conduct ourselves in such a manner that we make our visitors feel that they, too, are part of the Mystical Body of Christ, and make them feel welcome and an integral part of our communal worship. Hospitality Ministers must be Witnesses to the Kingdom: by our words, our actions, and the manner in which we conduct our lives.
And when you come right down to the essence of what being a disciple of Jesus Christ is all about, you come to the inevitable conclusion that WE ARE ALL Ministers of Hospitality, every day of our lives, wherever we go.
For more information contact Dale Sieverding, Director of Liturgy and Music, at (310) 566-1520 or by email.