Those involved in this apostolate set the tone for a vibrant and life-giving celebration in which all are welcome. Members of this apostolate greet parishioners, visiting guests and new parishioners as they arrive for various celebrations of the church’s liturgy (Sunday Eucharist, weddings, funerals, etc) and ensure that a spirit of hospitality prevails in the space they enter. The members in this apostolate officially welcome the assembly to the Sunday Liturgy by conducting a short gathering rite prior to the beginning of mass. This apostolate also assists with the welcoming of new members to our parish community by contacting new parishioners that move into our parish to set up a home welcoming visit. Each new family is given a welcome package with helpful information about the parish. The initiatives of the Welcoming Ministry support all parishioners in being ministers of Welcome in their actions and interactions with one another.