Join the Parish
HOW TO JOIN ST. MARGARET PARISH
Please pick up a white pamphlet from the pamphlet rack entitled “New Parishioners.” Fill it out for you and your family, and drop it in the offertory basket/box or the office drop box when you come to Mass on Sunday.
WHY REGISTER WITH A PARISH?
It marks your commitment to be a continuous and active member. It helps the pastor identify his flock. The pastor is better able to plan his ministry knowing the particular needs of the parish, parishioners, and their families. A parish is better equipped for ministry when it knows the accurate size of the flock. It allows you to highlight your gifts, interests, and needs, and how you might be of service to the parish community.
MUST I USE OFFERING ENVELOPES?
We want everyone to use the offering envelopes. Not only does the envelope serve as gift-wrap for your offering, it also lets us know that you continue to be part of this parish community. Even if you give to the parish through online giving, (oceanside4christ.com: click online giving), it is important to use your envelopes. With so many people coming and going, it’s the only way the parish can keep track of its own parishioners. It’s your way of saying, “I’m making my commitment to be here!” By using the envelope (even if it’s empty!), you are providing good example, to the person next to you, of the importance of giving—whether it be of our time, talent, or treasure.
Hint: Keep your offering envelopes in the glove compartment of your car.
WHAT IF I ATTEND OTHER PARISHES?
Pastors discourage “jumping” from one parish to another. It prevents you from building up a healthy relationship with a parish community. The pastor needs to know his flock and to count on you as a faithful member “in good times and in bad”. Who is your pastor? Unfortunately, people who go from parish to parish can’t answer this question very well. If you are registered with another parish and plan to register here, it would be a courtesy to let your former parish know. If you live outside of the County, you still remain a parishioner of your home parish, but we are happy to have you associated with St. Margaret’s.