The parish priest strolling the street on a Sunday afternoon to greet his parishioners...
...flash forward to today. We are a much bigger parish, but this spirit of greeting is still alive!
Read on to learn more...
Q. What is the Home Visit Ministry?
A. Very simply, this is a communication ministry to greet all St. Martin’s parishioners. It is not a judgment of parish participation, or a campaign to increase participation, or a fundraiser. It is simply a greeting, so that all parishioners have a one-on-one connection to their parish.
Q. I received a postcard; so what next?
A. A team will visit your home on the date specified, with the intent of simply saying hello. They will stay just a few minutes to offer updates on what’s been happening in the parish. They will also be able to offer connections to various ministries or bring forward prayer requests or parishioner comments/suggestions, if the occasion arises. This isn’t formal at all—you don’t need to feed them or clean your house for them.
Q. We won’t be home on the day the postcard says we will be visited. Can I reschedule?
A. Of course! Simply call the Parish Office, 714-970-2771, and let the receptionist know you would like to reschedule your home visit. We will notify the visit team, and will incorporate your family into a future visit group in the area.
Q. I haven’t been a St. Martin’s parishioner for years. Why did I get a postcard?
A. Everyone who is registered as an active St. Martin’s parishioner is on our visit list. If you changed parishes, but did not unregister with St. Martin’s, you are still a registered parishioner here. You can contact the Parish Office upon receipt of your postcard to update our records and we will notify the visit team.
Q. How will I know when I am scheduled to be visited?
A. We have over 3800 active families in our parish. Our visit teams are actively visiting homes in geographical clusters, and will be visiting for a couple of years to reach everyone. You won’t know they have reached your neighbourhood until you receive a postcard announcing their visit. However, we will periodically publish a scale map of our visit progress in the bulletin to give you an idea of where we have recently been active.
Q. I am not comfortable with having someone come to my home. Can I get out of it?
A. Of course, if you are not at home when the visit team arrives, then there will be no visit. The team will leave material to let you know they stopped by. However, we do encourage you to welcome them--even if you just meet with them at your front door. Many times, our discomfort about the unknown holds us back from something beneficial. Our visitors are eager to dispel that discomfort and offer you a friendly face to connect with church.
Does this ministry call to you?
If you are friendly, outgoing, and solid in your faith, this could be a great opportunity to share your gifts. Good visitors are lit by the fire of Holy Spirit, are compassionate toward the needs of others, have good listening skills, and respect confidentiality. Visitors go out in teams of two, and are asked to visit one geographic cluster of homes each month. Individual visits are generally 5-10 minutes, with a total time commitment of about 2 hours per month. The date and time of visits are determined by each team, and can change monthly according to the team’s availability, so a commitment is modest and flexible. Training is provided, as are all resource materials a team might need.
Please contact the Ministry Coordinator for more information, or complete and return the Visitor Registration card below.