The first was a card approx A6 in size, which was prepared prior to the Christmas Masses at Holy Spirit, Kincumber. They were available on the pews, and I presume people were invited to fill them out and add it onto the collection plate as it went around.
It is still a very easy way to offer non threatening outreach to a variety of people who often fall through the cracks: new parishioners, seekers in the early stages of their quest for God, those who have questions but don't know who they can go to for answers, and those whose hearts are feeling touched by the graces God pours out at Christmas.
This parish is also very good at doing pre-Christmas and pre-Easter letterbox drops of postcards with Christmas Mass and Easter Mass timetables.
Jubilee Year of Mercy
The second one was the placement of a framed image of the Divine Mercy in front of where the commentator stands at Our Lady of Lourdes, Seven Hills.
t is sad that in many parishes there is no visual reminder at all that we are in the Year of Mercy, and that even those churches fortunate enough to have a Holy Door don't have them noticeably adorned. Sad because without those reminders and adornments so many people are not getting access to the abundant mercies God wishes to pour out on them and their loved ones this Year.
May the Holy Spirit inspire many more great ideas in our parishes to help bring people into closer relationship with God.
Our Lady of Mercy, pray for us.
St John Paul the Great, pray for us.
St Faustina, pray for us.