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December 19th, 2013
#385 – How do I deal with the throngs of people who only come to church on holidays?

“How do I deal with the throngs of people who come to church only on holidays?”  Question is at 7:35.  ‘Coming Attractions’ reads the Nativity story from the Gospel of Matthew.  ‘Church Search’ visits Salem, OR.

Please note that the editorial staff reserves the right to not post comments it deems to be inappropriate and/or malicious in nature, as well as edit comments for length, clarity and fairness.
  • Veronica

    I think we also need to remember that while you may be an “established” member of the parish, at one time you were probably considered a “newcomer”. Were you greeted warmly? Did folks go out of their way to shake your hand during the Sign of Peace? If you had a bad experience when you first joined your parish, keep that in mind when someone new takes “your” parking space or favorite place in the pew.

  • Sarah Gromko

    The answer to “how to react to people who show up only at Christmas and Easter” was great. I am a person who regrattably sometimes finds this annoying and has to remind herself to be patient and think of how important the occasional lay people are to our community. This is especially hypocritical of me, considering in 2004, I was visiting my parents (as an adult having just officially received my sacraments) the week after Easter. I was not greeted especially well in this small community. (I came alone as the sole Catholic in my family.) When the priest asked the newest members of the church who had just their first communion stand, I proudly did so among the throngs of children, and was given nothing but nasty looks from everyone, including the priest. We really don’t always know the whole situation, and I know I am part of the problem sometimes.

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