We extend a special welcome to those who are single married, widowed, gay, filthy rich, or dirt poor. We extend a special welcome to those who are crying new-borns, active toddlers, skinny as a rail or could use a little extra room in the pew.
We welcome you if you can sing like Celine Dion, Andrea Bocelli, or like some in our pews who can’t carry a note in a basket. You are welcome here if you are “just browsing,” just woke up or just got out of jail. We don’t care if you are more Catholic than the Pope, or haven’t been in a church since Aunt Sadie’s funeral.
We extend a special welcome to those who are over 60 but not grown up yet, and to teenagers who are growing up to fast. We welcome soccer moms, NASCAR dads, starving artists, tree-huggers, latte sippers, vegetarians, junk-food eaters. We welcome those who are in recover or still addicted. We welcome you if you’re having problems, or you are down in the dumps or if you don’t like “organized religion,” we’ve been there too.
If you blew all your offering money at the boats, you are welcome here. We offer a special welcome to those who think the earth is flat, work too hard, don’t work, can’t spell, or because grandma is in town and she wanted to go to church. We welcome those who are tatted, pierced or both. We offer a special welcome to those who could use a prayer right now, had religion shoved down your throat as kids or took a wrong turn and wound up here by my mistake. We welcome tourists, seekers, doubters, bleeding hearts . . . and you!