Silly Saturday: Are All Welcome at Your Church?

Nikon 033Jesus said, “Come to me all you who labor and are burdened”
and Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Parish really emphasizes the “all.”
When you open their weekly bulletin this is what you’ll find:

“We extend a special welcome to those who are
single, married, divorced, gay, filthy rich, dirt poor, yo no habla Ingles.

We extend a special welcome to those who are
crying new-borns, skinny as a rail or could afford to lose a few pounds.

We welcome you if you
can sing like Andrea Bocelli
or like our pastor who can’t carry a note in a bucket.

You’re welcome here if you’re
“just browsing,” just woke up or just got out of jail.
We don’t care if you’re more Catholic than the Pope, or
haven’t been in church since little Joey’s Baptism.

We extend a special welcome to those
who are over 60 but not grown up yet,
and to teenagers who are growing up too fast.

We welcome soccer moms, NASCAR dads, starving artists,
tree-huggers, latte-sippers, vegetarians, junk-food eaters.

We welcome those who are in recovery or still addicted.

We welcome you
if you’re having problems or
you’re 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 dog track,
you’re 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 wanted to go to church.

We welcome those who are inked, pierced or both.

We offer a special welcome to those who
could use a prayer right now,
had religion shoved down your throat as a kid or
got lost in traffic and wound up here by mistake.

We welcome tourists, seekers and doubters, bleeding hearts…and you!”


A man, down on his luck, went into a church whose members
belonged to exclusive country clubs, typically owned two house,
drove expensive cars, and wore fine clothing and beautiful jewelry.
Spotting the man’s dirty clothes, unshaven face and matted hair,
a deacon, who was a greeter and worried about the church’s image,
went to the man and asked him if he needed help.

The man explained, “I was praying and the Lord told me to come to this church.”

The deacon suggested that the man go home,
pray some more, and possibly get a different answer.

The next Sunday the man returned.
The deacon asked, “Did you get a different answer?”

The man replied,
“Yes I did.
I told the Lord that they don’t want me in that church
and the Lord said,
‘Don’t worry about it son;
I’ve been trying to get into that church for years
and haven’t made it yet.'”

[SOURCE for bulletin —]


About Paul Wharton

I am a cradle Catholic, a native West Virginian, and a priest since April 24, 1982. Spiritual Direction has made a tremendous difference in my life and I encourage people to try it out. My motto is "Progress not perfection." I am grateful that God has done for me what I could not do for myself.
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6 Responses to Silly Saturday: Are All Welcome at Your Church?

  1. frank says:

    Enjoyed the humor! And i also had to revisit “The Elevator” this morning for additional laughs.

  2. For many, many years, for all the years that my children were growing up, I attended a church that, now, years later I can describe as promoting two qualities: arrogance and self-absorption. To say the least, and for some very good reasons, they thought a lot of themselves. One Maundy Thursday, while listening to the most amazing performance of Tenebrae, I kept hearing a rustling, like a bag from Giant being pushed around in a pew (which were beyond packed). It came from one of the homeless men that hung around our church. So, right on cue, one of our very prim and proper ushers ushered (well, kicked) the homeless man out. Into the rain. So I left with the man, stood in the rain with him for the duration of the service, and gave him all the spare change I could find in my purse (I didn’t have much money at the time). These days, I’m finding it quite amusing that the one group of people Jesus couldn’t stand were the priests and religious of his day.

  3. Catherine says:


  4. Denise says:

    Wonderful finger shaking reminder for all of us! I love the way you correct us! A visitor with me at Sacred Heart Princeton commented once on how well we treated “outsiders.” We can all do so much better every day of our lives, and we are all guilty of not being a light in the darkness.

    • sharonandsal says:

      Our church welcomes everybody, including gays, but I hope the R.C. Church never reaches a point where it accepts homosexuality and officiates at same-sex marriage like many Christian churches now do. That’s the kind of tolerance running rampant in our society today. We call a sin no more than another face of social diversity. We pat ourselves on the back for being tolerant when at the same time we go against God’s laws. If the day ever comes when homosexuality gets downgraded to a non-sin and our churches wed two men or two women, that will be the time to find another church, one faithful to God’s Word.

      Sal Buttaci

  5. Shelley Williams says:

    Matthew 25:40. You never know where you will find Jesus.

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