Why is it so important that we register in a parish? Isn't it good enough that we go to Mass? Why should we bother to use the envelopes?

Registration is the official way we join a parish community. Many people think that because they attend a particular parish they automatically belong. At times young adults who have moved away for years think they are still signed up under their parent’s registration. But membership requires signing up, formally enrolling yourself in a parish. Registration is a commitment to a community, a way to be included in the religious, social and ministerial activities of your parish. Your registration affects the parish in many ways. Census numbers can determine how many priests are assigned to a church, what benefits and obligations the community has to the diocese, and how Masses, confessions and devotions are planned and scheduled.

Registration shows you belong. It is also necessary for certain benefits, like scheduling sacraments, obtaining sponsor certificates, and getting donation statements for taxes. Registering in your parish is a statement of faith and confidence in the life and work of your parish.

Our parish produces and mails 870 envelopes to member households, costing approximately 60 cents to mail to each household per batch. On average the parish receives between 250 – 300 envelopes returned in the weekly collection. Using the envelope system is one way that a parish can verify your participation in weekly Mass should you request a sponsor certificate. If you are receiving envelopes and do not wish to do so, please contact the office and we will remove you from the mailings. This will save the parish money on this expense. If you are receiving envelopes but not using them, please consider doing this.