Why are we asked to register in our Parish Church?
Your Parish Needs You and You Need Your Parish!
By registering at a parish, you are declaring your desire to be part of a particular Catholic faith community. If you have recently moved to the area or if you are a long-time resident, please consider registering at the parish where you participate. There’s usually information or a registration form in the Gathering Space and near the entrance of the church. When in doubt, ask a priest after Mass. In some cases, you may need to visit the parish office and fill out a simple form or register online.
Top Reasons to Register at a Parish:
- A sense of belonging and identity in a parish community.
- It is a commitment to practice your Catholic faith.
- Registration enables the parish pastor and staff to get to know you better, to welcome you and to provide for your sacramental needs. This is especially important during a time of crisis, so that the pastoral staff can attend to your spiritual needs and those of your family.
- Registration helps you stay connected with your parish and helps your parish stay connected with you. Providing your contact information is important, so that parishes may provide you timely updates via email, direct mail, phone, etc. Also, if you use offertory envelopes or online giving, you will also receive a year-end statement of your annual donations for income tax purposes. Once you are registered, please notify the parish office of any updates, such as changes in residential or email addresses or phone number.
- Registered active members are eligible for sponsor/godparent validation.
- Diocesan census numbers may be used by the diocesan bishop to determine how many priests/deacons are assigned to a parish and how many Masses and enrichment programs are planned and scheduled.
What about Children who are 18 Years of Age or Older?
Children are considered members with their parents/family until they turn 18 years old. Once they are 18, it is their responsibility to participate in the Mass and to register as an independent parishioner; apart from their parents.
St. Michael Parish Church Registration Form