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The Greeting Ambassador Ministry

When I first started planning a food tour business six years ago, I began meeting with city tourism officials, & attending local & state tourism promotion functions; I was immediately struck by how genuinely helpful, generous, and welcoming EVERYONE in the industry seemed to be treating me—a stranger, a new-comer!  When I mentioned my delight about this to a seasoned veteran, he answered without hesitation, “Well, they don’t call it the hospitality industry for nothing!”  I knew I was in the right place.

The reason I love what I do so much is that watching people fall in love with boudin for the first time never gets old!  When you have something extraordinary, something you’re very proud of, something that brings you great joy, you can’t help but want to share it!  That’s how I feel about Acadiana, and that’s how I feel about Sacred Heart parish.  What we have in this parish is unique; from the patient wisdom of our elders sitting in the front pews to the spirited aisles teaming with toddlers at bulletin time and all of us worker-bees in between, this parish is abundantly blessed!  How could we possibly keep it to ourselves?! 

Every Sunday when Fr. Michael starts Mass by saying “a special welcome to all of our visitors,” I feel like he’s speaking for me, speaking for all of us who are parishioners. Being part of the team of greeters before Mass has given me a new opportunity to express it for myself!  In my business, when a tourist visits Lafayette for the first time, it’s my self-appointed mission to make sure he can’t wait to come back!  The same is true when a new person is visiting our parish for the first time; I instinctively want him to love it as I do, to come back, and ideally to become a permanent part of the family.

Dictionary.com says hospitality is “the quality or disposition of receiving and treating guests and strangers in a warm, friendly, generous way.”   If that describes you, we need your uniquely gifted spirit on our Greeting Ambassador team.  Please contact paul@shbroussard.org and we will get in touch with you.

Alex Clement