Welcoming has been an important and active part of our Parishes, especially since 2012 following a Diocesan process of renewal and re-organisation in our diocese through the concept of community.

The “Walking Humbly with our God” process that emerged was the invitation given to representative groups to prepare a ground-plan for the life and mission of the Church within each local area.

“Welcoming” was the first area to be progressed, with a vision to ensure that the community is open, approachable and inclusive in all that it provides and does.  Positive action is taken to make people feel welcomed and valued – not only at Sunday Mass but throughout its other varied activities.

A group of parishioners worked through some ideas about what changes could be made and this resulted in the following being implemented:

·       Revised process for new Parishioners, including a Welcome Pack

·       Rota of Welcomers at weekend Masses

At Holy Cross Church there is a monthly rota of Welcomers from a variety of Parish groups, at weekend Masses.  At Ss Philip & James Church there is a group of volunteers who undertake the role of Welcomer on a rota basis.

If you are interested in becoming more involved or have some ideas as to how we can make our Parish more welcoming then please complete the Contact Form.


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