Preaching and hospitality fill churches – National Catholic Reporter

Eighth-grade religious education students place dried palms into a fire Feb. 9 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Lindenhurst, N.Y. Ashes from the fire were to be used in Ash Wednesday services. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz, Long Island Catholic)

This article is filled with interesting facts about what matters when looking for a new church, but the line quoted below, the last one in the article stood out to me. So I ask you, how hospitable is your parish? What does your parish do to make newcomers and yourself feel welcome and included?-JCH

“We should not be complacent. If the church is a field hospital, as Pope Francis says, we can be pleased that we are doing better than the one down the road, but ignoring the problems and concerns of the patients is neither good for the hospital nor good for the patients.”

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Source: Preaching and hospitality fill churches – National Catholic Reporter