Why is it so important that we register in a parish? It isn’t good enough that we go to mass? Registration is the official way we join a parish community. Many people that that because they attend a particular church they automatically belong to that parish. At times, young adults who have moved away for years think they are still signed up under their parents membership. But their membership requires calling the parish office to formally enrolling yourself in that parish. Registration is a commitment to a community, a way to be included in the religious, social, and ministerial activities of your parish. Your registration affects the parish in many ways. Census numbers can determine how many priests are assigned to a particular church, what benefits and obligations the community has to the diocese, and
how Masses, Confessions, and devotions are planned and scheduled. Registration shows that you belong. It is also necessary for certain benefits, like scheduling sacraments, obtaining certificates and getting contribution state- ments for taxes. Most, importantly, it lets the parish count on you, to call on you to assist in its mission. Registering in your parish is a statement of faith and confidence in the life and work of your parish.