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Invite a friend to Welcome Weekend

Every parish taking part in 60th anniversary outreach effort


MIAMI | As part of its 60th anniversary celebration, the Archdiocese of Miami will be hosting a Welcome Weekend at all the parishes Dec. 8 and 9. The goal is to encourage parishioners to personally invite people they know to “come and see” the Catholic Church for themselves. These guests may be family members, friends, neighbors, or those the world considers “the least, the last, and the lost.” They may be Catholics, drifted away Catholics, members of another church, or the rapidly increasing “nones.”

It’s a challenge Archbishop Thomas Wenski wrote about in the Strategic Pastoral Plan that resulted from the recent archdiocesan synod: “Many told me that the reason why it took them so long to become Catholic or return to the faith was that no one had asked them ... I am inviting every Catholic in South Florida to invite one other person to this or another event at your parish.”

The archbishop is also encouraging parishes to be “the most welcoming and joyful reflection of who we as the Church are called to be,” according to Stephen Colella, director of the archdiocesan Secretariat of Parish Life. For more information, call 305-762-1126 or email

Colella's office also put together a webinar and a Powerpoint to help parishes prepare for Welcome Weekend. The links are here:

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