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In Order to Grow, We Must Become Invitational Jan 27, 2021

Fourth Sunday In Ordinary Time

When we look around at the demographic of our parish, what do we notice? We have an aging population. There’s nothing inherently wrong with that; we live in a part of Australia which is popular for retirees. We are, however, charged by Jesus with growing our parish community – to Go and Make Disciples (Matt 28:19). Worshiping Catholics aren’t generally very good or confident at inviting other people to Mass these days. Mass, particularly for people who’ve never been, or haven’t been for a long time, seems like a different language so why ‘would’ we invite them.

Rather us seeing Mass as a primary means of Evangelisation for non-Mass-goers, however, it’s the source and summit for those people who already go to Mass. We therefore need a tool to help us connect with those people who’re feel like they’re outside of our walls; who don’t feel welcome inside a church building; who don’t feel like they’re part of a community.

Alpha provides a simple, cost effective solution to all these challenges. It give us something to invite people to (a meal and movie), it provides a supportive environment in which people can ask any question, and it draws people together into a tight knit community. Best of all – people often come to a person, life-changing with the person of Jesus.

The video below is terrific – it communicates the importance of us, as members of an existing community, going out and inviting others in. We commence Season 2 of Alpha on Tuesday 2nd February in the about-to-be-completed Parish Centre at OLR. While our quota for Season 2 is already full (what great news!!), if you, or someone you’d like to invited is interested in doing Alpha in Season 3 9School Term 3), please email Jacinta [email protected]



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