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Entire parish, not just a committee, must offer hospitality, says speaker

Thursday, October 13, 2016 15:04
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By Peter Finney Jr.

NEW ORLEANS — You had to laugh.

In a workshop on parish hospitality during the annual conference of the International Catholic Stewardship Council held Oct. 2-5 in New Orleans, Christine Heusinger, associate director of stewardship for the Archdiocese of Atlanta, put up a cartoon on the big screen.

The 1988 cartoon by Steve Phelps is timeless. Standing in the middle aisle of the church are “The Martins,” staring down at a pew that is occupied. The problem is, for all intents and purposes, that pew was “The Martins’ pew.”

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