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What is a parish?

A Catholic parish is a community of believers, united together in communion with God and with one another to publicly express their faith and continue the mission of Jesus Christ. But it is so much more than that!

 

A parish is something lived, shared and experienced. It is where we mark our beginnings, our endings and so many milestones in between - from the joyful start of a faith journey in baptism, to seeing children grow and receive the sacraments for the first time, to living, praying and worshiping together the church's liturgical year in all its particular traditions and celebrations, to sharing the joyful and difficult moments of each other's lives in prayer and service. 

 

It is a Church family, with its own culture that depends on its members to contribute and build it. Parish life is about our experience of God in community. To create the community, the first step is getting to know one another.

Why should I register with the parish?

  • A sense of belonging and identity in a parish community.

  • Provides the parish community with a way to get to know you, to welcome you and to minister to you

  • In times of joy and in times of struggle, it is comforting to have the support of a faith family.

  • It is a commitment to practice your faith.

  • Gives a chance for you and your family to be counted and heard in the parish.

  • Being included in the demographics of the parish helps in the planning for the needs of the parish.

  • Helps you stay connected with your parish and helps your parish stay connected with you. This is especially important during a time of crisis so that the pastoral staff can attend to your spiritual needs and the needs of your family.

  • Allows parish staff to keep you informed

  • Access to specific documents with pastor's signature such as:

    • Catholic High School recommendations

    • Proof of membership letters needed for receiving sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation or Matrimony in another parish

 

What about Children?

 

Children are considered members with their parents until they turn 18 years old. Once they are 18, it is their responsibility to join a church family, participate in the Mass and to register as a member independent of their parents.

Rights and Responsibilities of Parish Members

 

Rights of Members

  • Access to sacraments

  • Access to religious education

  • Spiritual support

  • Opportunities to live your baptismal call through ministry and service

 

Responsibilities of Members

  • Participate actively in the work of the parish especially at Sunday mass

  • Support the parish and its ministries by giving your time, talents and financial support

  • Participate in the Mission of the Church to "go and make disciples of all nations" 

How to register with the parish?

Registration in person

  1. Pick up a pink registration form found on the white shelves outside to parish office.

  2. Fill it out

  3. Return completed form to the parish office

 
 
 
 

Parish of St. Timothy

135 John Forsyth Road

Winnipeg, MB

R2N 1R3

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204-949-3760