In the narthex we have a guest book, and little grab-bags for guests to take home. It has the phone numbers of just about everybody, a schedule, a welcome letter, a wood cross, and a book on the next steps to take.
We have greeters that know everybody, and when someone new pops in, we welcome them and give them a place to sit in the pews next to an older member of the church. When communion time comes, the older member will sit with them so they don’t feel awkward not receiving.
When service ends, our pastor waits in the narthex to greet everybody who exits - he knows the membership by name (When he distributes the body of Christ, he does with each members name “Ben, body of christ broken for you.”) He’ll know who is a guest, and will give them a bit more attention and welcome them.
We have a committee that will follow up with our guests and encourage them. About a third of them enter our training, and about half of those will become members. In all about 1/8 of the people that wander into our church will become active members. All of them will at least have a better appreciation and a larger appetite for God’s love.
I say all of this not to brag, but in the hope that someone good Catholic reading this will take away some ideas and be able to grab some of those “church hoppers” and being them to Christ.
This is a really nice way to educate a visitor without being overbearing. I just visited the CC in my town for the first time last Sunday I felt like I had walked in to a members only club. Sorry I cant seem to parse out the quote I want to respond to.