A NOTE ON PARISH MEMBERSHIP AND THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING REGISTERED
The word parish comes to us from the Jews and references a particular group of pilgrim people. The Church now uses it to denote a particular church community in a diocese, on pilgrimage to the Heavenly Jerusalem. This local parish community is under the care of a pastor who is under the authority of the local bishop. This provides for the mission of the Church – the care and sanctification of the faithful at the parish church and the church’s outreach of evangelization and works of mercy in the local area.By registering at a parish, you are declaring your desire to be part of a Catholic faith community. If you have recently moved to the area or have been worshiping with us for a while, but haven’t registered in the parish, please do so soon. Additionally, sometime after a young adult turns 18 and has stability in this (or another) community, he/she should register in the local parish church.
You can call the parish office at 740.653.0997 or stop by to register.
Reasons to Register at a Parish
- A sense of belonging and identity in a parish community
- It is a commitment to practice your faith
- Registration enables the parish pastor and staff to get to know you better, to welcome you and to better minister to you. This is especially important during a time of sacramental preparation for a child, a time of engagement toward preparing for matrimony, or a pastoral crisis will illness or death.
- Registration helps you stay connected with your parish and helps your parish stay connected with you. Providing your contact information is important so that parishes provide you with timely updates via email, direct mail, phone, etc. Once you are registered, please notify the parish office of any changes in address or phone number!
- Accurate Census numbers can help aid local parish care and programs within the diocese.