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"Welcome one another, therefore,

just as Christ has welcomed you,

for the glory of God."


Romans 15:7

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Welcoming message for new-comers to our parish & those who call the Parish of St. Timothy home

Ways the parish welcomes you

  • greeters - feel free to ask them if you have questions

  • ushers can help you find a place to sit

  • families with young children are encouraged to sit in the worship space but a cry room is available if you need it

  • welcome brochure as an introduction to our parish

  • friendly, welcoming staff

"The ministry of welcome belongs to all of us. Young. Old. Male. Female. Parishioner. Stranger. Guest.

We are all members of the one body of Christ. St. Paul teaches, “For as in one body we have many members, and not all the members have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another.

“We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us: prophecy, in proportion to faith; ministry, in ministering; the teacher, in teaching; the exhorter, in exhortation; the giver, in generosity; the leader, in diligence; the compassionate, in cheerfulness” (Roman 12:4-8).

Christ needs each of us to use our gifts to build up the Church, the Kingdom of God.

Let us do our part in making our parishes more welcoming, in welcoming the stranger in our midst. And then let God use also the gifts of the newly welcomed to transform this world into a better place, a place where hope and love abound." from Becoming A More Welcoming Parish Towards A 
Ministry of Welcome

"...I was a stranger and you welcomed me...Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me." Matthew 25:35, 40

"Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality." Romans 12: 9-13

We should also keep in mind what John Paul II said: “Only those who have opened their hearts to Christ can offer a hospitality that is never formal or superficial but identified by ‘gentleness’ and ‘reverence’ (cf. 1 Pet. 3:15).”

"All guests who present themselves are to be welcomed as Christ." Part of the Rule of St. Benedict

Hospitality is a virtue. "Virtues are good habits developed out of love for others. They are not something innately ingrained when we are born, but rather, something we practice and improve on." from Families of Character 


Simple ways you can be welcoming:

  • smile

  • say hello even to those you don't know

  • be polite (say please, thank-you, 

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True Hospitality

A reflection on hospitality in the scripture story of Mary & Martha

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Enjoy the Hospitality of the Trinity (with Rublev’s Icon)

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A young mother and recent convert to Catholicism shares her experience living hospitality with her husband and six children.