We recall the words from Matthew, "I was a stranger and you welcomed me."

Our Origin Story

The Ministry of Greeters at MMOC was born during the COVID-19 pandemic in May 2020. A ministry of welcome was something we'd wanted to launch, but the pandemic made it urgent. To return to public celebration of the Mass, we had to comply with a list of safety precautions set by the bishops of Wisconsin. We needed to recruit and train a new kind of parish volunteer: Someone willing to show up early, stay after Mass, and all to help our brothers and sisters in Christ feel welcome, safe, and comfortable returning to Mass. Happily, in those first days, over 70 people came forward. Their service has been amazing.

Our Service

When you come to Mass at MMOC, a Greeter offers a hearty welcome with a smile and an open door. At Communion time, Greeters take up the collection. As the Mass concludes, Greeters hand out bulletins and say farewell. In other small ways, Greeters assist anyone who has a question or needs a hand.

Here is our belief about greeting: At MMOC, we often talk about "parish family". Our church is our family home. When you come home, someone greets you, and when you leave, someone wishes you well. That's part of how you know you are home, the embrace of family. Church should be a place where you feel you belong, that your presence is important. Whether you come to MMOC every day or every week or for the first time, you are at home here.

Join Us!

We welcome individuals and families into the Greeting ministry. It has been a joy to see our seniors working alongside young families. Children in middle school and up are learning servant leadership by making Greeting a family approach to ministry. If you would like to find out more about becoming a Greeter at MMOC, please call the parish office. Thank you.

The Greeters' Prayer

Lord Jesus,

You welcomed all who came into your presence. May we reflect that same spirit through this ministry of Greeting. May your light shine in our hearts this day. Remove from us anything that would stand in the way of radiating your presence.

As people enter this Church to worship and praise You, may they hear your voice in our words and see your love in our actions. May our “welcome” reflect our joy at their presence and our “goodbye” encourage them to return soon.

We thank you for the opportunity to serve you. We ask your blessing upon all our efforts and your protection of all who are here. We ask this in your most holy name. Amen.
May 2020

Greeter Checklists

Greeter Sign-In Sheet
Checklist for Sanitation Teams
Checklist for Lead Greeters

Updated 16 May 2024