The position of The Printery House General Manager has proven to be a bigger task than I had ever anticipated. Now in my third year of being the General Manager of the press I would like to share with you one of the great things that I have learned.
Throughout our lives we receive several invitations, whether it be to a wedding, a dinner party, or to share a prayer with a family member or loved one. In seminary, we were taught that the people who come to church every day are not the people of God that we needed to worry about. We as future priests needed to be more attentive to the people who only come to church at Christmas and Easter, or even more important than those people who live within our parish boundaries that we never see. At the time it sparked a couple of questions. How does one reach out to the people of God who only come to church once or twice a year? How do I reach out to the people whom I never see?
In October 2016 I was in the press room talking with our Press Manager/Operator while she was printing an order for 4,600 Christmas cards. As the cards were coming off the press, I looked at the card and was blown away by the innovative way this pastor was reaching out. The card itself was one of our Christmas cards. As you would open the card up on the left-hand side, he had printed the church services for the Christmas Season. On the right-hand side of the card was our message, but underneath that the pastor wrote his own note. “Wishing you and your family a Blessed Christmas Season with the Peace and Joy of the New Year to come!” and then he signed his name.
I found out that there are several pastors that have cards printed in this way, which is a creative way of reaching out to everyone within the parish. We can now help out these pastors even more with our new mailing program. Given the mailing addresses, we can print, stuff and mail all your Christmas cards for you hassle free. This could be a great way for your own parish to reach out to people, and a unique way to invite people to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior.