This welcome is read before nearly every mass. It’s also printed in our weekly bulletin. It’s not surprising that our parish feels like such a welcome place for our family. Our pastor, Rev. Michael Fitzpatrick adapted this from a parish in Florida.
A special welcome to those who are single, married, divorced, re-married, “it’s complicated,” filthy rich, dirt poor, or no hablo ingles. There is a place for you if you are 60 and not grown up yet or a teenager growing up too fast. You will be accepted with respect, compassion and sensitivity as you are trying to fulfill God’s will in your lifestyle. We are not here to judge and we do not discriminate.
We welcome soccer moms, NASCAR dads, Redskins fans and Mets fans, starving artists, tree huggers, those in recovery, those who are still addicted, and those who are trying to figure it all out. We welcome you if you sing like Beyonce, or if you can’t carry a tune in a bucket. You are welcome here if you are just browsing, just church shopping, found yourself bored in Amish country, just woke up, or just got out of jail.
We don’t care if it’s your first Sunday at a church or whether you’ve been to church more times than the Pope. We welcome you if you are having problems or are feeling overwhelmed or if you don’t like “organized religion.” If you are looking for a fresh start, a fresh cup of hot coffee, or a hug from a new friend, there is a place for you here. We welcome those who are wearing their “church clothes” and those who are wearing their only clothes.
We are so glad to see those who are inked, pierced, or both, those who could use a prayer right now, those who haven’t been to church since Aunt Carol’s funeral and those who got off the wrong exit of the bypass and wound up here by mistake. We welcome seekers, doubters, bleeding hearts and jaded cynics, the lost, the found, and you.