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Why Doesn't The Roman Catholic Church Recognise First Timers? by DanseMacabre(m): 9:09am On Mar 03, 2019
Safe to say, I've attended quite an array of denominations: Roman Catholic, Anglican, COCIN, ECWA and all the pentecostal churches too numerous to mention, etc.

However I noticed that amongst all these denominations, it is only the Roman Catholic church that doesn't partake in that tradition of specially welcoming and recognising people attending for the first time. That is, calling them to the front row, and offering them refreshments after the service.

Please does any one, Roman Catholic or not, know why this is so?

OAM4J, Ishilove, naptu2, dominique, would appreciate if you guys help shed more light on this.


Have a great Sunday y'all.
Re: Why Doesn't The Roman Catholic Church Recognise First Timers? by TheRealOwner(m): 10:06am On Mar 03, 2019
They actually do... Baptized babies are technically first timers
Re: Why Doesn't The Roman Catholic Church Recognise First Timers? by DanseMacabre(m): 10:08am On Mar 03, 2019
TheRealOwner:
They actually do... Baptized babies are technically first timers

Lol. Good sense of humour. But I mean like adult people visiting the church for the first time.
Re: Why Doesn't The Roman Catholic Church Recognise First Timers? by TheRealOwner(m): 10:20am On Mar 03, 2019
DanseMacabre:


Lol. Good sense of humour. But I mean like adult people visiting the church for the first time.
Ohh that, tbh I think all these first timer stuff churches do nowadays is just to raise social interaction and all. The church is a spiritual gathering not a social one, but so many churches today are merely entertainment centers.

N:B This doesn't imply that churches that don't recognize firsttimers aren't entertainment centers or that some churches that do are entertainment centers
Re: Why Doesn't The Roman Catholic Church Recognise First Timers? by Maxi3k(m): 10:26am On Mar 03, 2019
Op just say you were expecting refreshments

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Re: Why Doesn't The Roman Catholic Church Recognise First Timers? by DanseMacabre(m): 10:59am On Mar 03, 2019
TheRealOwner:

Ohh that, tbh I think all these first timer stuff churches do nowadays is just to raise social interaction and all. The church is a spiritual gathering not a social one, but so many churches today are merely entertainment centers.

N:B This doesn't imply that churches that don't recognize firsttimers aren't entertainment centers or that some churches that do are entertainment centers


You have a very rational mind man. I concur with your submission.
Re: Why Doesn't The Roman Catholic Church Recognise First Timers? by DanseMacabre(m): 11:01am On Mar 03, 2019
Maxi3k:
Op just say you were expecting refreshments

Lol. It's actually one of the churches I frequent. The thought just hit my mind as the mass was ongoing, and I decided to ask. So what's your take?
Re: Why Doesn't The Roman Catholic Church Recognise First Timers? by Maxi3k(m): 11:10am On Mar 03, 2019
DanseMacabre:


Lol. It's actually one of the churches I frequent. The thought just hit my mind as the mass was ongoing, and I decided to ask. So what's your take?
well all those times I was in the Catholic Church I didn't even notice that
Re: Why Doesn't The Roman Catholic Church Recognise First Timers? by Miradamian: 12:07pm On Mar 03, 2019
Bc they are not business entity like others
.come,worship and go.its not by force to make one a member
Re: Why Doesn't The Roman Catholic Church Recognise First Timers? by uboma(m): 12:53pm On Mar 03, 2019
What is your motive for attending the church? is it to be recognised as a first time comer? or to listen to the word of God? if the latter matters to you, then you should not be bothered about not recognised as a first time attendee.
Re: Why Doesn't The Roman Catholic Church Recognise First Timers? by DanseMacabre(m): 1:28pm On Mar 03, 2019
Maxi3k:
well all those times I was in the Catholic Church I didn't even notice that

Lol. It just occurred to me myself today.
Re: Why Doesn't The Roman Catholic Church Recognise First Timers? by DanseMacabre(m): 1:35pm On Mar 03, 2019
Miradamian:
Bc they are not business entity like others
.come,worship and go.its not by force to make one a member

Not necessarily. Welcoming first-timers us more like showing Christian hospitality, the way I see it.

Of course, not the ostentatious type as depicted in your submission.

Good observation though.
Re: Why Doesn't The Roman Catholic Church Recognise First Timers? by DanseMacabre(m): 1:38pm On Mar 03, 2019
uboma:
What is your motive for attending the church? is it to be recognised as a first time comer? or to listen to the word of God? if the latter matters to you, then you should not be bothered about not recognised as a first time attendee.

Bros it's not about the motive of attending the church. It's about the church's reception of guests, to make them feel at 'church', if you'll excuse the pun.
Re: Why Doesn't The Roman Catholic Church Recognise First Timers? by OPUSDEI1(m): 4:55pm On Mar 03, 2019
Because they are not looking for new members.
Re: Why Doesn't The Roman Catholic Church Recognise First Timers? by 1F30M4(f): 9:56pm On Mar 03, 2019
I beg to differ, I've been attending the Roman Catholic Church for twenty-something years now and there's no time we don't welcome the first timers. We sing for them after which they proceed to the altar where the officiating priest prays for them
Re: Why Doesn't The Roman Catholic Church Recognise First Timers? by DanseMacabre(m): 10:11pm On Mar 03, 2019
OPUSDEI1:
Because they are not looking for new members.

I beg to differ bro. The mission/mandate given to the church is to win souls for the kingdom. This invalidates your assertion of the RC church 'not looking for new members'.
Re: Why Doesn't The Roman Catholic Church Recognise First Timers? by DanseMacabre(m): 10:17pm On Mar 03, 2019
1F30M4:
I beg to differ, I've been attending the Roman Catholic Church for twenty-something years now and there's no time we don't welcome the first timers. We sing for them after which they proceed to the altar where the officiating priest prays for them

Would I be wrong if I said that the bolded indicates the specific parish you've been attending for the past 20+ years? I believe I've attended over a dozen and I've never witnessed such an occurrence.
Re: Why Doesn't The Roman Catholic Church Recognise First Timers? by 1F30M4(f): 10:30pm On Mar 03, 2019
DanseMacabre:


Would I be wrong if I said that the bolded indicates the specific parish you've been attending for the past 20+ years? I believe I've attended over a dozen and I've never witnessed such an occurrence.


Well, you won't be totally wrong. It's not just a specific parish maybe the specific parishes I've attended. I've attended a lot too, I'm not always in a place
Re: Why Doesn't The Roman Catholic Church Recognise First Timers? by DanseMacabre(m): 10:49am On Mar 04, 2019
1F30M4:


Well, you won't be totally wrong. It's not just a specific parish maybe the specific parishes I've attended. I'veattended a lot too, I'm not always in a place

Would I be wrong to assume that they were outstations as well, not cathedrals or other bigger churches?

But it's good to hear your point though.

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