The purpose of the Welcome Committee is to reach out to and assist new registered parishioners with a personal invitation to become valued members of the Sacred Heart family. That coordinator will assign this person/family to one of the welcoming volunteers with their contact information.
The welcome volunteer will contact the person/family through a phone call/text with a follow up personal meeting. This meeting can be accomplished by visiting the person/family at their home (and bringing cookies, etc if possible). This will be an opportunity to share some information about Sacred Heart and its activities, as well as learn about their previous parish and involvement. The volunteer will also bring them the Sacred Heart welcome packet including the various ministry descriptions. If an area of interest is identified, the volunteer can follow up to be sure the new parishioner is contacted by the ministry coordinator. Any needs of the parishioner/family can also be identified at this time and the volunteer can offer direction and where to seek assistance either in the parish or in the community. The volunteer will also share their contact information, should they need additional support while adjusting to Sacred Heart.
As the number of volunteers grow, it would be ideal to link the volunteer to a new parishioner/family who live in the same community or town, ie., Winding River, St. James or Boiling Springs. This can increase Catholic fellowship and spirit during the week and not just at Mass. It would be ideal for the volunteer to follow up with the parishioner/family periodically for a few months to ensure that they feel part of the Sacred Heart family.
MAY 25, 2022 RECEPTION FOR NEW MEMBERS
A reception for new members who joined over the past year was held in the social hall on May 25, 2022. It was well attended and the feedback was very positive. Pictures from the reception follow…