St. Charles Borromeo Church
Thanks for your interest in greeting people before Mass! We are looking for 4-5 people/couples/families for each Mass time, to cover the Atrium entrance and Stinson Blvd entrance. See below for more information about greeting.
Thank you for your help in making everyone feel welcome at St. Charles!
Greeters' Job Description
- The main goal is to simply be a friendly face for people coming to Mass—greet them as you would guests arriving at your home, because that's what you're doing.
- Arrive 25 to 30 minutes before Mass.
- Encourage your children to participate, no matter their age. They're terrific ambassadors!
- Say a prayer before you begin. Ask Jesus to give you the grace to be His hands, feet, and heart.
- Wear a name tag to help identify you as a greeter. Those greeting in the Atrium will find a box marked “Hospitality” in the coatroom that will have supplies. Those greeting at the Stinson Blvd entrance will find supplies in the chest of drawers in the back breezeway.
- Be warm and welcoming. No one wants to be greeted by a Cranky Christian!
- Help open the doors for people. If at all possible, have at least one greeter outside to open doors.
- Say, "Good morning (evening)!" "Welcome to St. Charles!" or a similar greeting.
- It's great to engage in small talk with people, but if you do, don't let others slip past without being greeted. (This helps avoid feelings of exclusivity.)
- Be prepared to answer questions, help people find bathrooms, etc.
- For those assigned to the Atrium, have one group greet at the outer doors and be ready to assist parishioners getting out of vehicles at the turnaround. The other group can be inside the Atrium doing more greeting and helping as needed.
- For those at the Stinson Ave doors, when the priest, deacon, and servers gather before processing in at the start of Mass, please be outside to guide worshipers to the doors on either side of the two middle doors to avoid congestion.
- If possible, stay a few minutes past the hour to greet latecomers, who especially might need a friendly face.
If you have any questions, feel free to ask a member of the Hospitality Committee (Jim Wappes, Kari Domeyer, Peggy Anderstrom, Andrew Brever, Jeff Ostrom, Sue McSherry, and Betty Crossman).