Please join us for a workshop to help parish staff, volunteers, parishioners and YOU! to open the doors to Jesus Christ for others.
How do we as Catholic faith communities, parishes, and individuals draw people into our community? How often have we heard stories of people who went to a parish (perhaps even your parish) and no one said hello or inquired who they were? Worse yet, it is not unheard of that when visitors come to our parish, and they sit in “our” pew, we sigh and or even feel annoyed and angry with them. We have all heard stories of individuals who have called or visited a parish office only to made to feel like they have interrupted the secretary or been treated like they were in a government office because they hadn’t filled out the parish registration form.
The opposite is also true. We have all visited parishes where we were welcomed, made to feel special or simply were made to feel at home.
A hospitable community doesn’t “just happen.” Hospitality takes effort and intentionality and work. It isn’t just the responsibility of a select few on a hospitality committee. It requires each and every one of us.
There is more to parish hospitality than handing out bulletins or having coffee and donuts after Mass.
Please join us for a one day workshop at SUNY Potsdam to learn how you can make a difference in how your parish community opens the doors to Christ.
WHAT DOES THE DAY OF TRAINING LOOK LIKE?
The Entertaining Angels course consists of four sessions and a break for lunch, including exercises which will allow time to practice the techniques learned. Throughout the day, you will have an opportunity to reflect, share and network. At the end of the day, participants receive a commissioning and blessing, plus materials to keep and continue practicing with. We will also plan followup meetings around the Diocese for those who are interested.
- Called To Holiness – The day begins with a look at our unique calling to live a life that is holy and pleasing to the Lord. We will focus on our gifts of brokenness, perspective and surrender considering how each one provides an opportunity to allow Christ to work through us and draw us closer. We will also take a look at the roots of hospitality in Church Tradition and Sacred Scripture to help us understand how our hospitality can be a beautiful and powerful fruit of our holiness.
- Called To Share – During section two of our training we will focus on understanding and spreading the Gospel message. We will focus on the gifts of evangelism, Gospel sharing and prayer. Authentic hospitality is a reflection of Christ’s love shining through us. In order to understand and share that love we must be strongly connected to Christ through prayer. We will focus on personal, formal and spontaneous prayer and take some time to practice praying with and for others.
- Called To Serve – Christ came to earth to serve rather than be served. During the third segment of our training we will learn to imitate Christ’s service by focusing on the gifts of joy, service and peace. Special attention will be given to resolving conflict, dealing hospitably with difficult people and offering and accepting forgiveness.
- Called To Build His Kingdom On Earth – The final segment is where we put all the pieces into practice. Participants will develop and practice skills for sharing the Gospel with those they meet. Using the gifts of connecting, comforting and mercy we will have an opportunity to plan and practice interactions both in person and on the phone
DETAILS AND REGISTRATION
WHEN: Saturday, June 3, 2017 from 8:30am-4pm
WHERE: Potsdam Student Union Multipurpose Room, 44 Pierrepont Ave, Potsdam, NY 13676
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THE EVENT IS UPSTAIRS IN THE BARRINGTON STUDENT UNION
LABELED IN GREEN IN THE CENTER OF THE CAMPUS MAP
|08:45-9:00||Welcome and Morning Prayer|
|9:00-10:15||TALK 1-Called to Holiness|
|10:30-11:45||TALK 2-Called to Share|
|12:30-1:45||TALK 3-Called to Serve|
|2:00-3:15||TALK 4-Called to Build His Kingdom on Earth|
|3:15-3:45||QUESTION AND ANSWER SESSION and WHAT'S NEXT|
Preregistration is required in order for us to have an accurate count for lunch and to have enough materials for each participant.
PLEASE REGISTER BY MAY 30, 2017. PLEASE NOTE: We will not be able to take late registrations or registrations at the door.
COST: $35 per person (includes all materials and a boxed lunch)
TO REGISTER: please click the registration button below. You will be able to pay by credit card online or by check.