You probably know her by her contagious smile. She’s frequently found in the narthex and often surrounded by food for some parish event or another. She’s Christina Hood, the self-described head of 4-1-1 and 9-1-1 at St. Ann’s.
“I love working with people,” she said. “We have such wonderfully kind and supportive parishioners who make my job fun.”
Hood has been director of parishioner engagement for nearly four years. In that capacity she is on the front lines, helping to direct our 13,000 parishioners to the right programs for their kids, the best ministry for their talents, the right Mass for their tastes. She does most of her work from a little desk just outside the church each Sunday.
“I love Sundays in the narthex because everyone is here,” said Hood, who has two sons with her husband, Eric. “Sundays are what we spend all week preparing for. It’s when everything comes together and as a church we stand tall and proud.”
As organizer of some of the parish’s largest events, Hood wears many hats. She’s head of logistics for the Parish Festival Oct. 6, chief ticket buyer for the Night at the Braves outing next month, lead donut broker for Hospitality Sundays and she even finds time to coordinate weddings. If it involves welcoming parishioners, that’s where you’ll find Christina Hood.
“When someone walks into a church, they hope to see the face of Christ,” said Director of Music Ed Bolduc. “When you walk into St. Ann’s on Sunday morning, you see a kind, joy-filled, loving spirit in the face of Christina.”
pictured: Hood oversees the parish festival, which this year will include a cornhole tournament.