Here are ways to bring parishioners together
Yes, in many parishes they do, but not all parishes. Sometimes people seem content with the friends they already have, and they do not seem interested in making new ones.
But every parish would be stronger if everyone knew everyone else. Even more cooperation on parish and Church projects than already exists would follow.
The parish schools help a lot, of course, because kids become friends and because parents want to work together for the benefit of their kids and the school. But sometimes more is needed.
One way to bring parishioners together is for the parish, or parish groups, to hold outdoors bilingual Rosary or Chaplet of Divine Mercy rallies -- say, on the school grounds, or by the church's flagpole, etc. Another way is for the parish to sponsor a public Eucharistic or Marian procession along the streets of your community.
Of course, Rosary rallies and Eucharistic processions are valuable and necessary in their own right, and every parish needs to hold them. But they can also serve to unite a parish.
Having a reception afterwards in the parish hall, with light goodies and refreshments, can be a vehicle for people to make friends, right when they are fresh with the glow of the event's success.
Joint sponsorship of such events can work. Already existing committees, one English-speaking and the other Spanish-or-other-language, can join in the planning and can urge their members and families and friends to participate. They can also join in the work necessary.
In events like these, everyone who loves our Blessed Mother and the Rosary, and the Blessed Sacrament (in the case of a procession), can join together. Who knows -- some people might also pick up some of the others' language that way.
A parish festival that has goodies for all groups of people can work, too, but those take a whole lot of work and enthusiasm, of course.
The best way of all, as far as Ole Q is concerned, is for everyone in the parish to get together and pray outside the abortion mills that are within your parish's boundaries -- sometimes lots closer to your church and school than you think. It's wonderful to see how saving babies brings different people together right away and very closely so.
What do you think -- are ideas such as bringing people together via prayer rallies and processions naive? Unworkable? Do you have additional ideas? What has worked in your parish? Please let me and all of our friends know.