Are you someone who “used to be Catholic”?
Picture if you will, those special moments seen on TV, where for the first time in many, many months – grandparents and grandchildren get to hug say hello and be connected again. We witness love, tears, and a welcome home. No matter who you are ……………we echo this hope for our faith community to welcome those we have not seen for a very long time with love, tears and a hug.
If you are a Catholic or know a Catholic who has been away from the Church, know we are thinking about you and them. We invite you to be an active part of us again. We offer you a safe place, a “Landings” place to be listened to, a place for understanding and healing, and a place to ask questions and update your faith as an adult. During the six-week Landings program, a group of active Catholics, some “returnees” themselves, join with returning Catholics to share and explore our faith together.
Landings is a safe harbor to explore your faith and future within the Church. In a supportive and confidential setting, you can ask questions, discuss issues, and share past and present doubts and difficulties. You can expect an opportunity to be reintroduced to the love of Christ in a no pressure, open and non-judgmental environment.
We will welcome you. We recognize the step you are considering is a sacred moment. It is our desire to honor that. Some see this as a journey back to their spiritual home; others are looking for reconciliation with God and the Church. Whatever your reason for being away YOU are welcome here.
If you are interested and want more information, email [email protected] or contact Deacon Bill Dwyer 978-394-4664.
Catholics Come Home
The Catholic Church is the largest Christian denomination in the United States, accounting for about 25 percent of the country’s population.
The Church continues to grow and many people have chosen to convert to Catholicism. The Church is a vibrant, active community of believers which continues to have a positive influence on the lives of many people. However, there are people who for one reason or another have stopped actively participating in the Church and attending Mass. We live in a busy culture and society. There are many demands that are placed on us. Yet people are searching for a deeper sense of meaning, for a closer relationship with God, and for a more authentic spiritual identity.
Since the Church is a family, we miss those Catholics who may have left the Church or who have stopped participating in its vibrant liturgy and sacramental life. Perhaps you or someone you know are in this situation and do not know how to come back or how to become active again. The first thing you need to know is that you are always welcome back. The Church misses you and hopes that you will choose to come home as an active member.
Catholics Come Home is a non-profit, independent charity whose purpose is to invite inactive Catholics, and others searching for a faith home, to the Catholic faith. Their informative and interactive website helps to answer questions about Church teachings and gives an overview of the Catholic faith. Some of its founders and supporters recently returned to the Catholic faith and want to share their positive experiences with others. Many never left the Church, but recently grew to understand and appreciate their Catholic faith more deeply. All feel part of a big Catholic family, who sincerely hope others will also find more peace, real answers, and true happiness through the gift of faith.
Please feel free to explore any questions you may have about the Catholic Church or how you can return to an active participation in the Church by visiting the Catholics Come Home website.
Visit this link for valuable resources and personal witness testimonies about living a committed Christian life: http://www.catholicscomehome.org