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Welcoming newcomers with joy during this Year of Faith


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As we get ready as a worldwide Church for the beginning of the Year of Faith on Oct. 11, our media team is beginning a series of profiles on parishes that are succeeding in important aspects of the New Evangelization. These profiles will be covered in this column in "The Pilot," on "The Good Catholic Life" radio program and in videos from the parish visits posted at www.PilotNewMedia.com/parishprofiles.

This past Monday we visited St. Albert the Great parish, one of five Catholic parishes in Weymouth (Immaculate Conception, Sacred Heart, St. Francis Xavier and St. Jerome being the others). St. Albert Parish was established in 1950 and had its first Masses in a bowling alley before the current church was built. Despite its relatively young age, the church building is the oldest in town as all the others have either been rebuilt or significantly renovated since.

On Monday's "The Good Catholic Life," we interviewed the pastor, Father Paul Soper; the parish pastoral council chair, Patti Perkins; the pastoral associate, Betsy Clifford; and the parish secretary, Rita Garufi. Patti, Betsy and Rita told stories of how they became part of St. Albert the Great Parish. Each indicated that the warm welcome they received when they were visiting made a huge impact in their decision to become part of that parish family.

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