Year after year, sometimes even day by day, things change.
Where we live. The people we know. The jobs we do.
When big changes make us feel uprooted, belonging to a community can help us feel grounded.
Some communities are marked by a desire to maintain exclusion and difference.
By contrast, an open and welcoming parish is a community where core beliefs are not exclusionary.
A caring parish is also a place that responds to the individual needs of each parishioner, demonstrating the belief that Christ's sacrifice on the cross was meant for all God's children for all time.
In a world of continuous change, there is comfort in knowing that a parish can be a place where Christ's presence is constant, where people can feel grounded, and mutual caring will never change.