WELCOME LETTERS FROM YOUR PARISH by Beth Branigan McNamara ($16.95)*

OSV: 0-87973-244-X

What happens to new members of the Church after their formal instruction in the Faith is completed? How can parishes make sure these valuable neophytes continue to be strengthened and taught the truths of the Catholic Church?

Welcome Letters from Your Parish provides a unique opportunity for parishes to extend a warm welcome to recent converts. Consisting of six four-page letters, a director's guide, and Special Interest Letters, Welcome Letters from Your Parish are designed to be mailed or delivered every two months to the newest members of the parish.

The letters cover such topics as basic doctrine, Catholic customs and etiquette, prayer and sacramental life, stewardship, evangelization, and the role of the laity in the Church. In addition, the Special Interest Letters address more individualized areas of concern.

These unique letters allow parishes to keep in direct, personal contact with new converts for the first year after their initiation into the Church and promote a deeper sense of connection and commitment to their parish.

About the Author: Beth Branigan McNamara is the author of Our Sunday Visitor's popular Parent Letters from Your Parish and co-author of Welcoming the Little Ones. In addition, she is the editor of Christian Beginnings, a newsletter for preschool religious education teachers. She lives in St. Paul, MN with her husband and two sons.

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