A photo can capture someone’s attention in a way that words cannot. In a parish, these moments are numerous — it could be a reverent expression on someone’s face at Mass, people’s smiles at a fun parish event, or a child’s wonder as they learn something new about their faith. Whether the moment is serious or playful, a photo can show visitors or new and old parishioners alike that this faith community is ready to welcome them and help them draw closer to Our Lord.
With all this in mind, Fr. Godfrey Mullen planted the seeds of the Photography Ministry last year.
“Attractive pictures make all the difference,” Fr. Godfrey says. “I see the Photography Ministry as part of our effort toward evangelization — introducing others to Christ through our life of faith here at the Cathedral.”
In the digital age, we need photos for our website, social media, bulletins, and newsletters. To fully capture parish life, we want photos from every event and any perspective. They don’t need to be taken professionally — they only need to be clear and to capture a special moment.
The first member of the Photography Ministry was Liz Stock. Liz had experience with the Yearbook Club at school, making her the perfect candidate to start capturing candid moments throughout the parish. Even though the ministry is just getting off the ground, Liz can already see the impact it will have.
“I think it will help people to recognize all the activities that are starting to happen,” Liz says. “I feel like this last year and moving forward will be a jumpstart to get people involved and interested. Photos will help people get some recognition for what they are doing, and connect faces to names.”
Liz will be leaving for college in the fall, so more members are needed to step into this important role. All levels of experience are welcome. While a quality camera is a great tool, often photos taken on a good phone are just as useful.
A look back at our own church’s history can show us just how valuable a photo can be.
“Many of us have seen an image of the church in ruins after the 1912 fire,” Fr. Godfrey says. “The picture conveys so well the destruction of that day and the courage it took to rebuild. While not every image plays such a role, all of them contribute to the archiving of our parish history.”
Vibrant photos that capture all the hard work that happens in our various ministries, the joy our parishioners bring to their worship, and the community that has grown here can all impact those who see them, whether shared on social media or mailed out in a newsletter.
“Photos can inspire people to come back to church and they can help people who do come to church,” Liz says.
If you’re interested in sharing your talent through the Photography Ministry and learning how this ministry will be growing, contact Carissa Reitano in the parish office at 618-234-1166.